Igor's cunning plans...

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Projects, Challenges, and Cookies. posted on 12 Feb 2015 01:13 by Mickey von Dassow

I'll get to the cookies, but first I want to tell you about Projects vs Challenges, which are a special type of Project page. All Project pages are places where a group of people can coalesce around a question or idea to do research on that topic, with each person adding their own creativity and skill. (read more…)

Ways to use IGoR to start collaborations. posted on 11 Feb 2015 17:46 by Mickey von Dassow

I started IGoR largely because I wanted an easy way to find people outside my personal network who could collaborate with me to help me solve problems in my research. Quite often I either don't know people with some set of skills I need, or the people I know are too involved in other things to help. Sometimes, one doesn't even know what new skills or ideas would help. For example, maybe one's focused on talking to Ph.D. biologists, when an artist or mechanic might know a better way to make something you want1. (read more…)

Easy ways to get started posted on 10 Feb 2015 20:43 by Mickey von Dassow

Are you excited by science? Do you think IGoR has an interesting approach?1 Do you think it would be worthwhile to help jump start a community of professional, amateur, and novice researchers who advance knowledge and promote public understanding of science together? Maybe you even think it would be fun to participate in such an open, global, scientific community. But what can you do? What if you only have a few seconds? What if you don't know how to edit wikis? What if you don't know much about the subject? (read more…)

Thoughts on possible changes? posted on 17 Jan 2015 00:36 by Mickey von Dassow

Pages were changed over 01/27/2015, but I'd still love to hear comments and suggestions!
And thank you to those who contacted me via email and/or on Facebook.
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What should IGoR do next? posted on 01 Jan 2015 17:01 by Mickey von Dassow


Thank you to all the people who have visited or joined IGoR recently! (read more…)

Help me spark IGoR to life! posted on 07 Dec 2014 21:22 by Mickey von Dassow

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IGoR vs troublesome mad scientists. posted on 12 Nov 2014 18:10 by Mickey von Dassow


IGoR is perfectly fine with users making monsters, hopeful or otherwise1, as long as they follow the highest standards of academic ethics while doing so. But how can users avoid bad behavior by others while using IGoR? (read more…)

How can IGoR be your assistant? posted on 26 Oct 2014 03:51 by Mickey von Dassow


The goal of IGoR is to help everyone do scientific research. Whether novice or experienced, amateur or professional, everyone should be able to pursue their curiosity. By being open to people of all experience levels, and all scientific interests, IGoR will provide access to the greatest possible spectrum of skills and knowledge areas. Professional and experienced amateur scientists might be able to tap into the skills and resources of non-scientists, while at the same time helping novices learn to do their own science. Non-scientists might have skills and resources they don't even realize would be useful in research. Sometimes these might just be their time and their eyes and ears, but other times it might be craftsmanship or local knowledge. (read more…)

IGoR: because I never have enough brains. posted on 08 Oct 2014 17:07 by Mickey von Dassow


Before talking about my ideas for how you could use IGoR to do scientific research, education, and outreach, I thought it might be helpful to say why I wanted a site like this for my own use. (read more…)

A new blog for IGoR posted on 30 Sep 2014 22:00 by Mickey von Dassow

IGoR's new blog will provide a way to share ideas for improving and expanding the site, discuss future plans so that we can get user's feedback, and make announcements of interest to IGoR users. (read more…)

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