Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Google Wave for Scientific research

As I dive into financial modeling and under the probing of a friend, I asked myself if google waves would lend themselves to scientific research and collaboration. After 30 minutes of late night browsing I must say I am blown away. Found a program called Latexy for Latex formulas, a program called igor for reference management, wolfram alpha has a robot, mathematica proper talks about doing one. Most important I think that the time feature will be killer to see how the research evolves and progresses... sort of a built in CVS.

But the thing that really blew me away was the mass of people. Within a couple of weeks (ok months if you were really early on the beta), some of the specialized discussions are really cool and it is the first time I really felt the "mass of people" right there in my face, 300 of them, discussing the topic I wanted to discuss (how to include LaTeX into waves).

I have started a wave on endogenous money growth in modern monetary system. I will share it as a public wave as soon as I have some meat in there :) I am excited, impressed and giggling like a little girl. New technology that I think I can use does that to me. Some aspects of it still puzzle me, when I first saw it as a forum replacement, i was not so excited, but for targeted applications like this, it could be killer. I want to believe. I want to believe it is not slideware and will be definitely giving it a serious ride.


madhukara Phatak said...

Google wave comes with very interesting feature mainly collabration in real time...may be it will next wiki's

Celal Birader said...

Hello Marc,

Sounds interesting. How can i get access to this Google Wave ?



Marcf said...

as a wiki I can see it working.

Celal, the beta is closed you will have to wait for a new invite batch.