SciVee is now open to the scientific community. SciVee allows scientists to upload a video or audio file and synchronize the video/audio to the content of their scientific paper. This is great for scientists that want to quickly summarize their research, engage the scientific community in discussions around an article and broaden the exposure of their publications.
SciVee allows users to tag, rate and comment on videos. Links to the original articles are included with the video. An example is Eric Scheeff explaining his paper on Structural Evolution of the Protein Kinase–Like Superfamily. Eric talks the users through a nice slideshow that introduces the Protein Kinase family before getting into the detail his paper.
There’s a nice discussion about SciVee in the SlashDot article YouTube for Science?.
But SciVee is not alone – there are a few other sites that present scientific videos. ScienceHack provides a search engine for scientific videos. The videos that they host have been screened and approved on accuracy and quality by their scientists – a peer-review system for science videos. The Journal of Visualized Experiments is an online research journal that allows researches to publish videos of their experiments and methods. And VideoLectures contains over 2500 science videos and presentations related to Computer Science, Data Mining, Semantic Web, etc.
It’s great to see this new medium (video over the internet) applied to science and accessible to the public. A couple of years ago, the bandwidth and storage requirements brought many a start-up company to their knees. But now that these costs are minimal, sites live SciVee are launching and making science more accessible to scientists and the general public.