The Importance of Visualizing Information

On Wednesday, Andrew Revkin, who writes The New York Times blog Dot Earth, wrote a post about using visualization to absorb information. He issues a challenge to his readers and uses JoVE to illustrate the trend:

Fostering Insights be Engaging the Whole Brain

I put out the challenge there (and now repeat it here) to young data-visualization wizards to find ways to envision, literally, that vague but vital concept called public health.

There are signs of progress in this area.

When the New England Journal of Medicine uses an animated data set to convey shifting patterns of obesity in a community, you know something’s afoot. Now there’s a peer-reviewed publication, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, devoted to conveying findings and methods using video.

To read the entire post, please click here.

JoVE for the Developing World

Word that JoVE will now be offering free subscriptions to institutions in the developing world is making its way around the globe!

Award-winning science writer David Bradley, who is based in Cambridge, UK, recently wrote about JoVE on his blog Sciencebase:

JoVE Around the World

JoVE is hoping to address scientific information inequality across the globe and has now made free subscriptions to Journal of Visualized Experiments through the HINARI initiative to developing nations in South America, Asia and Africa.

JoVE was originally developed to increase productivity in biological research, and is the only science video journal indexed in PubMed so far. The journali publishes video articles demonstrating advanced experiments performed in major laboratories (including Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Yale).

According to it creators: “Seeing experiments, rather than translating text, saves scientists and students time and money when learning new research techniques.” They add that, “Access to this visual content is especially important in developing countries.”

JoVE for the devloping world.

Good News For Scientists in Developing Countries

Dr. Lucia Prieto Godino is a post doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge who is using JoVE to teach a Drosophila Neurogenetics course at Kampala International University in Uganda.

She will have free access to our journal while she teaches her course, and her students will have access once they return to their home institutions through our partnership with HINARI.

Dr. Godino uses her blog to communicate with her students before the class and recently posted an announcement about JoVE:

Good News For Scientists in Developing Countries

The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE) will be offering free subscriptions through the HINARI initiative to developing countries in South America, Asia and Africa.

Drosophila (c) Alex Wild 2005

In 2000 a WHO survey found that 56 percent of institutions in the poorest countries had no current subscriptions to academic journals. In response, WHO founded HINARI, which now grants developing countries access to one of the largest collections of biomedical and health literature. Now JOVE is joining this amazing initiative.

JOVE publishes video articles demonstrating advanced experiments performed in laboratories of top research universities. Visualizing the experiments rather than trying to reproduce them from the often brief materials & methods section of papers is the best way to be able to reproduce previous experiments and set-up new techniques in a lab. This becomes particularly important in developing countries, where learning cutting-edge experimental techniques, whether via courses or by visiting laboratories with the desired expertise, is often very difficult.

We will celebrate this great news by using several JOVE articles as part of the teaching materials in the course.

To read an interview with Dr. Godino about her upcoming course, please click here.