Open access can take many forms and utilize a variety of new social media tools to share research across disciplines, WeShareScience was developed as a new concept for sharing research in new ways. By mashing together Pinterest, TedTalks, and YouTube (with a focus on scientific research) we created a unique place for researchers to share what they are doing and learn from others in many other disciplines — offering an exciting new perspective on research.
WeShareScience also developed the first online global science fair, with more than $11,000 in prizes that will go directly to researchers. Entries (short 5 minute videos about research) are due by June 1, 2014 to qualify. The science fair is not intended to “dumb down” research but rather to provide another entry point for those interested in research to learn what others are doing (without having to subscribe to high-price journals).
You can help us spread the word about the science by asking your colleagues (faculty, students, professional researchers, and others) to post a video about their work. And on April 8th we are asking everyone to post about the science fair on their Twitter or Facebook page. You can learn more about this effort to create “buzz” about the science fair at: http://thndr.it/1jQk9AM