Sometimes you look round and realise that the world has changed. It has been changing little by little so gradually that you didn’t notice but then you realise “Aha! The much predicted and talked-about convergence of TV and computing has happened!” You can buy a TV to watch YouTube videos on, you can watch regular TV programmes on your computer (or phone or tablet device), and there is a vast amount of moving image material ‘out there’ on the internet, meeting all kinds of interests and, er, predilections.
Some of that material is of scientific interest and a useful post on Nature Network includes a list of video sites of interest to a scientific audience. They range from scientific lectures, to YouTube clips and others with a public engagement angle, to schools material. Also included is JOVE, the Journal of Visualised Experiments which calls itself a video journal for biological research.
JOVE is an interesting journal. It started in 2006 as a free, community, site but reality kicked in and three years later they changed business model with submission fees and subscriptions. I occasionally get asked whether we subscribe, but it has never seemed to be a sufficiently important journal for enough people that we can justify the expense.
JOVE is a US-based operation but they have recently opened a UK presence and are looking to make a bigger impact over here. I spoke to them at a conference last week and they admitted that their pricing structure does not fit well with the UK market, so we can expect changes some time this year. It may still end up too expensive of course, but here’s hoping. Meanwhile, about 30% of their content is open access so you may be able to access the article you want.