Monthly Archives: June 2014


Practicing open science by sharing large data set using Figshare

By |2019-02-06T19:41:29+00:00June 30th, 2014|

A little over a year ago, I was suggesting that Figshare should offer some paying plans in order to allow some advanced users to upload large files that exceeded the possibilities of free plan (See Figshare: Take my data! Take my money!). I was very pleased when they announced new premium (i.e. paying) plans at the end [...]

Virginia Tech Libraries supports open-access journal PeerJ

By |2019-02-06T19:41:30+00:00June 11th, 2014|

The open access journal PeerJ is changing the open-access publication business model. Instead of a charging a publishing fee per article, it is a relying on a membership model. Each author pays a $99 lifetime membership to the journal but do not incur publication fees afterwards. The journal has been setting up partnerships with institutions [...]

Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws

By |2019-02-06T19:41:30+00:00June 6th, 2014|

Bruce Alberts, Marc W. Kirschner, Shirley Tilghman, and Harold Varmus  published a perspective on the current state of the US biomedical research enterprise in PNAS. The perspective is pretty bleak but their high-level and courageous position is very useful because it helps depersonalize the challenges we are all facing on a daily basis. Also acknowledging the problems is [...]

Interview with Andrew Snyder-Beattie about security in synthetic biology.

By |2019-02-06T19:41:30+00:00June 2nd, 2014|

I was recently interviewed by Andrew Snyder-Beattie from the Future of Humanity Institute. I am putting edited excerpts from this interview below with the hope of engaging a discussion.  During this discussion, I am advocating that we work toward the development of a culture of security in biology that goes beyond the traditional notion of biosecurity [...]