Way back in the mists of time (…ok in 1989), Tim Berners-Lee, at the time working at CERN, proposed a way to share experimental results and ideas among colleagues. Tired of seeing information and knowledge lost to the aether when Scientists left the facility, he proposed ENQUIRE, a way to share information by allowing computers (and the humans controlling them) to talk to each other using a text-based mark-up language.
His experiment was a huge success and after a few iterations, ENQUIRE expanded beyond CERN, becoming the World Wide Web. This blog exists in the spirit of TimBL’s original ideas; that there can be great benefit to sharing data, information and knowledge. We’re also of the opinion that transparency and openness help to demystify the scientific method, enhance rigour and help the public (whos money funds much of the work we do) see how their taxes are being spent. We also hope that seeing science-in-progress might inspire the “non-professional scientist” to think more critically, logically and sceptically about the world around them.
For the time being, this blog will serve as the electronic lab-book for the 2014/2015 Lévy Lab Honour’s students. They’ll be posting experimental plans, results and interpretations (tagged accordingly) as their projects progress. We’ll also summarise the salient points of meetings that we have to discuss the projects.
Most importantly, we’ll try to address any questions and comments that are made on the posts and keep an active conversation going.