Adrienne Nicotra, Senior lecturer in the Research School of Biology, ANU is one of the founding Editors of PROMETHEUSWiki, a new Wiki based site for PROtocols and METHods for Explanation and Updated Standards in ecology and environmental plant physiology.
PROMETHEUSWiki will pioneer new approaches to Peer-to-Peer collaboration by combining the best of Wiki technology with the strengths of peer review and editorial oversight. Science moves most rapidly when the majority of researchers uses similar methods and can easily repeat and build upon each others' discoveries. In light of a changing climate, there is an especially strong need for standardization.
Traditionally information about protocols has been communicated either through conventional scientific peer-reviewed publications, which are slow and formal, or through word-of-mouth interactions and protocol sharing between specific lab-groups, which is inefficient in what is now a global field. PrometheusWiki seeks to build a new method of communication about methods within the research community, which combines fast and informal wiki-based interactions, along with editorial review and reputability.