Who wants to host the best laboratory website competition?

weblab awardsWe have many candidates now for good laboratory websites due to the post What does a good laboratory homepage look like? Show me at least one!

All we need is an organizer, an institution (academies, universities, science publishing groups, research institutes, biotech firms, IT companies, rich science freak private people…) someone who can host this Web Lab Awards, and offer proper awards to motivate the lab site makers and put the whole life science community into a geek mode.

Yes, it sounds like marketing, or whatever but as Larry Page highlighted “Science has a really serious marketing problem and nobody pays attention to that since none of the marketers work for science. If all the growth in world is due to science and technology and no one pays attention to you, then you have a serious marketing problem.

So dear awardhosting-able official people: contact me at [attilacsordas][at][gmail.com] Thanks.

2 thoughts on “Who wants to host the best laboratory website competition?

  1. I have a decent web design background. I’d love to design a lab website one day. These professors here at my university are too lost in their investigation to even think about the potential gain in notoriety a good website can provide.

    I’m going to keep an eye on this. Hope you succeed and this goes through.

  2. The main problem is not the Profs being too lost in research (although it might be a contributing factor!). The main issue is $$$. To get a good website, it costs $$. It used to be that you could get an undergrad to do it for cheap (or for free). Not any more–at least at the level of sophistication being advocated here. With research grants getting more difficult, it’s also harder to justfy the expense for a fancy website. Although this $$ might justifiably come from internal IT support, my experience with these departments (at multiple Universities) has been less than wonderful.

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