After around 40 posts here, I decided to take a look at the whole effort and ask some questions. For example
- Should (scientific) blogs be used to report new science, or merely opinion on existing science (see this blog also)?
- If the former, should they be abstracted in the manner of regular articles (e.g. by CAS etc).
- Unlike e.g. a journal, a blog is often (and certainly in this case) the effort of an individual. Journals on the other hand can last for centuries (see for example this link to the ToC of the world’s oldest scientific journal that has been in continuous publication for 355 years!). So how long should/can a blog last?
- The last question leads on to whether blogs should be archived or curated in a larger sense?
The last question leads directly to projects such as ArchivePress which has just started up a few months ago. I will quote two of their objectives
- Methodology and guidance for the effective capture and management of blog posts.
- Scripts/plugins to enable WordPress to be used as a blog aggregator and archiving engine.
Of course, this will have to be a fairly generic solution, and certainly one aspect of my blog presents another challenge, namely how to preserve the molecules mentioned here (many of the posts include 3D coordinates lurking under the images). But one step at a time!
I will post on another solution to the preservation issues, which should enter the public domain in a month or so. Meanwhile, let’s see what the ArchivePress project can offer!