The above blog post is an excellent example of one of the uses of blogging. The blogger posts a problem and the comments lead to many different possible solutions. Collaboration among scientists is important to advancement in teaching, research, and applied science.
If you read the entire post you will see that she refers to a specific comment in another of her blog posts. That commenter posted some information that will potentially change what software she uses in the future.
Have you used Office 2008 on OS X? They’ve removed the ability to add custom error bars on graphs – something that most, if not all, scientific data requires. I’ve got no choice but to move away from Office (Mac, but why not all, now that I have to re-train myself?). OpenOffice doesn’t have this feature either, so I’ve decided to learn R.
I’ve heard that other people are in the same position, but I guess it’s not a mass exodus yet. I feel a little bullied into learning a more complex software package, but it’ll be much more flexible in the long run. Add that to Endnote not working in Word 2008, and Office 2008 is not an attractive option.
Posted by: Andy | March 12, 2008 9:46 AM
Can you find other examples of useful collaboration on SciencesBlog?