Insciences.org is an open-access social networking site dedicated to scientists. The aim of the site is to encourage scientists to publish their materials at the theoretical and experimental stages, and to allow them to interact with each other and exchange ideas in the process. Insciences has many standard features like member groups and discussion forums, but also offers several unique services which are not offered in other networks. The most interesting of these services include Marketplace, Events, Science News, and MemberMap.
The Marketplace is a service provided by the site where members can browse classified ads for employment and research opportunities, as well as post their own listings. The feature allows members to search and apply for interesting positions based on region, popularity of listings, or on comments made by other members.
Insciences also has a service called Science News, which is a section of the site where members and non-members alike can access nearly 9,000 articles and press releases in subject areas such as technology, life sciences, pharmaceutics and environmental sciences. The information in the Articles section is available to the general public, but only registered members can comment on the articles and discuss the news amongst themselves in the site’s news forum.
Another way the site helps its members stay current and informed in the science world is with the Events section. This service, updated on a weekly basis, serves to notify site members of science events happening worldwide. Members can search events by subject categories or by start or end dates, and each event profile provides event details, location, guest lists, contact information and photos. Members of Insciences can also create new profiles for events that they wish to advertise to the site’s other members.
Last but not least, the MemberMap service allows members to search out other members by visualizing their locations on an interactive world map. Though Insciences already has a tool which allows users to browse and search the site’s members, MemberMap brings searching for contacts to a new level by helping scientists find members in their geographic region. This tool could help make the research world a bit smaller, and easier to navigate.