I've been trying to push towards an idea like this at my company: "Facebook" for scientists.

Unlike users of the regular Facebook, scientists won’t need to regularly update their profiles.

Instead, research details such as the name, title and publication record will be automatically culled from scientific journals and university Web sites.

“This new network will help researchers find one another and explore potential avenues of collaboration that they might not have considered before,” says Kristi Holmes, bioinformaticist at Washington University’s Bernard Becker Medical Library.

(HT: RB.)

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