Whether a theoretical weblog can be truly allowed to be called open notebook science has been questioned recently. I’m not sure where I stand here. Wikipedia’s definition reads: “Open Notebook Science is the practice of making the entire primary record of a research project publicly available online as it is recorded.” This is roughly what I’m trying to do here: I have notebooks containing the records of my research projects and instead of letting them collect dust on my filing cabinet I’m typing them up as I go and sharing them here. (So, naturally, this means you’ll get a lot of dead ends and half explored ideas…) If enough people feel passionately that my weblog doesn’t count then I’m happy to go with the flow and accept whatever definition is deemed more appropriate by those more involved in this kind of thing (open theoretical brain dump, or open theoretical posturing perhaps?) 🙂
On another note: you’ll probably have noticed the twitter updates and del.icio.us bookmarks boxes on the right: I’m experimenting with increasing the “openness” of my research. I intend to post updates on what I’m up to via twitter and to share what I’m reading via del.icio.us bookmarks. (However, at the moment I can only display my entire twitter feed, rather than just my tweets…) Probably one or the other will turn out to be less than useful.
Any comments or suggestions are, as always, greatly appreciated! Also, please feel free to comment on any of my posts at any time: any questions at all would be greatly appreciated! Please don’t feel afraid to ask “stupid” questions: if you have a question then the odds are that someone else does as well.