Friday, February 23, 2007

Nature Network v2: cannot create a new group

Nascent reported that Nature Network v2 has gone life. Never too anxious to try something new, I created an account and signed in. I even joined two groups: Bioinformatics and Semantic Web for the Life Sciences.

But, when I tried to create a new group, the system fails. I promised me to send me email for confirmation. Tried it twice via my Sourceforge email account. No email. I then changed my email for my Nature account to my Gmail address. Still no email...

I am not located in Boston or London, is that the problem? Is being 'global' not good enough? Is the requirement to have two 'o's in the name? Cologne then, maybe?

(Missing) Features

For the rest, the system seems interesting. I am not too fond of having to create accounts all over the place (what was the password again???), but looks promising. The thing I missed most when filling out my profile was a feature to import the list of my publications from Connotea.

Another thing I missed, was the ability to mention my blog(s) in my profile. May I put this in as request too? BTW, is there a group or forum on Nature Network where I can file these things?


  1. Dear Egon Willighagen

    Thanks for your enthusiasm re: our site. It is great to have your feedback, all of which have been noted... and you can also send them to (see the Site Map Feedback link).

    Apologies about the problems in your new group creation. It would have been due to a temporary error as the redesigned site is fairly fresh. Please do try again and let us know if you have any futher blips.

    Wherever you are conducting scientific research, you will always be welcome on Nature Network!

    Li Kim Lee
    l.lee [ at ]
    Intern - Nature Network London
    Nature Publishing Group

  2. Hi Li Kim Lee,

    thank you very much for taking the time to leave a comment in my blog. Just after I received your comment I sent email to the network@ email address, and cc-ed you the remaining trouble, as I was later able to confirm the creating of the group 'chemoinformatics' on NN.

    Meanwhile, Euan has posted [1] a nice Greasemonkey script to easily add ones articles via PubMed integration.


  3. Hi Egon,
    Thanks for trying us out! I'm the editor of Nature Network Boston. We're looking into the group creation problem you're having. The issue is definitely not about not being in Boston or London or about how your group name is spelled. All scientists, no matter where they're based, are encouraged to create global groups.

    The two things you've suggested here (importing publications and having a link to your Nature Network blog from your Nature Network profile) are high up on our list of things to fix and improve. We're doing weekly releases of fixes and improvements so these two items should be available soon.

    In the meantime, please keep playing with our site and keep giving us ideas for new things to develop!