I don’t know if I’ve been hiding under a rock, but someone just told me about epernicus which is a social network for scientists from all walks of life. The site boasts just under 14,000 subscribers from the Life Science community alone. It looks like a great place for people to network and “pick the brains” of their colleagues all over the world. There are many forums that have been set up to address the specific needs of subscribers, a place to post questions, a search tool for finding experts in any subject area and a button for sharing interesting links.
Scientists have always relied on tools such as scientific publications and scienific meetings to communicate with one another and virtually pick each others’ brains. But these channels are static and slow. Imagine being able to pick the brains of experts world-wide without being limited to geography or time zones.
What other tools are you using that I MUST know about?