Monday, April 18, 2011

Milestones In...

I've recently discovered Nature's milestones index, which links to timelines of the major advances in the research of many fields: light microscopy, gene expression, development, etc. These were chosen by panels of many experts. For example, these 40 helped decide the milestones in cancer research. The timelines have links that explain why each milestone was important, like this one on the first methods of DNA sequencing. Awesome.

I wonder if there's some way that we could allow people to vote on these milestones in a similar way that others have set up for people to vote on milestones in computer science? If so, we could tap into what seems to me like the most productive form of crowdsourcing, where experts define the field, and then the masses rank the entries in that field.