A View from Emerging Technology from the arXiv
What do you get if you cross the Physics arXiv with the social networking site Digg.com?
Over the weekend, I received this email from Christine Corbett Moran, a theoretical physicist at the University of Zurich:
“I’m a big fan of http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/ (I’m doing a PhD in astrophysics) and wanted to have a minute-by-minute best-of-the-arXiv site, so I built phygg.com on top of the open source CMS platform pligg. The content is identical to arXiv with a twist: voting papers up and down is enabled, and when a paper gets enough votes it moves from the upcoming section to the front page a la digg.com.
I was wondering if you would consider writing about it as I’m trying to build the user base so that it’s even more informative and useful. Currently only the sections relevant to my astrophysics work (astro-ph and gr-qc) are uploaded as thusfar I’ve only been reaching out to my own research group and collaborators but if a few people who have reach to a wider audience of physicists publicize the site I’m willing to expand to the entire physics arXiv.