The Protocols.io Kickstarter project looks like a very interesting and useful attempt to create an online, easy-to-use and easy to update protocol repository.
They have some great ideas, so I pledged some money for them.
An excerpt from the Kickstarter page:
“A free, up-to-date, crowdsourced protocol repository for the life sciences.
As scientists, we are constantly expanding the frontiers of research and knowledge. Yet, we are also constantly re-discovering knowledge that others have not had the time to publish and improving existing methods without the ability to share the improvements with the world. The mission of ZappyLab is to change this with the protocols.io repository.
Imagine you spend 3 months instead of a week to do a simple DNA transformation in a new species. After much frustration and many cups of coffee later, you discover that you need to do it at room temperature instead of the 42-degree water bath. This is a tiny but critical detail in a common technique. Unfortunately, there is no effective way to let others working with this species know about your discovery.
We started ZappyLab to create a free, central, up-to-date, crowdsourced protocol repository.
We just launched the beta version of protocols.io. This is where you will be able to share and discover changes, corrections, and optimizations of published methods. The trick is to make the sharing easy and crowdsourced. That’s why we have built a protocol checklist app, inside our mobile Bench Tools suite on iOS and Android.”
Go read the whole story and watch the video at their kickstarter page.