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It’s been a while since my last update. But lest anyone have any doubts about the ongoing direction of OpenWetWare, rest assured, things are moving forward.

Not dead yet….

Server Move Details

This week (June 1 – June 5), OpenWetWare.org will be moving from our current server at Rackspace to a new Rackspace Cloud Server. The server will be around the same class of machine and will be running on Ubuntu Linux rather than the existing RedHat Enterprise Linux release. All backups will be done to Rackspace Cloud Files. All MySQL database backups , and image files will be stored external to the server via Cloud Files. For those of you who are wondering why OWW will be using Ubuntu rather than Red Hat, it’s because Wikimedia uses Ubuntu for all of their MediaWiki servers; using it will keep OWW close to the infrastructure that MediaWiki is tested and developed¬† on.

The move will be done Tuesday night around 11:00 PM EST. We don’t anticipate problems but the server will briefly go down as the IP address is changed. The new server has been configured and, just after changing the IP address, the most recent snapshot of the MySQL databases from the current server will be loaded to the new one and a final file sync will be executed.

There should be no changes in the way MediaWiki and any extensions are handled. LaTex has been installed on the new server.  All extensions are working or are being tweaked before the move.

There will be no upgrade of OWW’s MediaWiki software release until the move is complete. Hard-won experience dictates that reducing variables is the right way to maximize the probability of a successful major server task.

Since OWW uses many virtual hosts, all of these will be tested briefly to make sure they are all accessible. This can’t be tested completely until the change. No problems are anticipated but if there are problems, this is the most likely place it will be.

Please submit any comments or questions to me. Either reply here or use this link and follow the contact instructions in the OpenWetWare wiki.

Thanks again.

Bill Flanagan

OpenWetWare.org

The Journal of Visual Experiments (JoVE), a video-publication for biological research based in Sommerville, MA has recently been accepted for indexing in the hugely accessed PubMed and MEDLINE.

JoVE was founded in late 2006 as the first video-publication for biological research. With an editorial board including 20 scientists from leading academic institutions such as Harvard and Princeton. The online journal has grown to include over 200 video-protocols in fields such as immunology, neuroscience, microbiology and many others.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) advisory board decided to include what is now the first and only video-publication in their large publication database and by doing so demonstrates openness to new and innovative ways of sharing science.

Moshe Pritsker, Ph.D., co-founder of JoVE in an email sent to us states:

“Inclusion in PubMed/MEDLINE is a big milestone for JoVE, and for the scientific publishing in general. It demonstrates the official acceptance of new approaches to science communication, such as video online, by the scientific community. Overall, it will increase the interest of the scientists to communicate their findings in video, making biological sciences more transparent and efficient.”

Eva Amsen over at easterblot has made a really cool video about Lab waste that includes a list of ways we can reduce the amount of waste we generate in the lab.


Lab Waste from Eva Amsen on Vimeo.

All (or almost all) the elements in the video are licensed via Creative Commons, including the video. You can see the credits to the audio and visual elements here.