28 February 2006

Blogroll, Drumroll

This fellow Blogger blogger is well worth taking a look at if you're interested in science and technology (well, that's everybody, isn't it?). Not so much for the blog entries - which are interesting enough - but for the astonishing blogroll, which includes several hundred links to a wide variety of interesting-looking sites, all neatly categorised. I have literally never seen anything like it - but maybe I'm just provincial.

I found Al Fin - for such is its suitably gnomic moniker - through another site that is worth investigating. Called Postgenomic (well, with a name like that, I had to take a look), it "collates posts from life science blogs and then does useful and interesting things with that data" according to the site. The "interesting things" seem to amount largely to collation of data from various source; there is also a good blog list, though not quite as impressive as Al Fin's.


Bill Hooker said...

Since this is an older post re-tagged, I encourage you to check out PostGenomic's "blogroll" now. I put some work into it, and Stew put a lot of work into it, and it's now up to nearly 700 blogs.

What is needed now is nicely pointed up by your link to Al Fin: some way to take that (or any other) blogroll, compare it to PostGenomic's, and update the latter. It will need to be either automatic or distributed, because no one person has the time to do it by hand (which is pretty much how Stew got to 700!).

So far, all I can think of is to have a "public Simpy account" -- that is, a social bookmarking account that hundreds of PostGenomic fans can keep a bookmarklet for. Whenever they see a new-to-them science blog they can add it to that account, and PostGenomic could scrape the account regularly.

Glyn Moody said...

I will - thanks to all of you for the work you've put in.