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MalariaWorld has gone LIVE, what's next?

October 26, 2009 - 15:15 -- Bart G.J. Knols

When you read this blog, you may already have signed up for the platform, or visit us as a guest. Either way, we welcome you to the world's first scientific and social network for malaria professionals.

 As of Friday 23 October, 15.00 hrs, the MalariaWorld platform is live and open to any person around the world interested in malaria.

'So what...' Another website, another this, another that. 'There's already so many websites out there' you think. True. The fact is that we also got tired of too many sites that block your email with e-alerts, e-tocs, etc. It was time to bring it all together in one place, and that's what we did.

One place where you can receive all the latest information on malaria, be it the latest scientific publications, news, forums, jobs, etc. And we go further...

The platform also enables you to see who is out there in the global malaria community, where people are based, and you can contact them. A 'LinkedIn for malaria'.

Next, we would like to hear your opinion. And therefore you can post comments on almost anything you read here. Voice your enthusiasm about developments, or raise concerns about conclusions drawn. Rate posts, so that others can see how contributions are valued.

Although I write the Editorial blogs, I am just one person amongst more than 5000 that receive our weekly newsletter. Your blogs are equally important. So if you sign up you can blog as well. Tell us about your latest publication or research, or findings that were not published but simply interesting, and invite comments from peers. Tell the global malaria community what you believe should be done to make malaria a thing of the past.

We will invite your votes on polls. Now that Zanzibar has hammered malaria , will it be able to eradicate it? Let us know what you think, and follow the discussions that go hand in hand with the polls.

These are major steps forward in connecting the global malaria community, and we are proud of it. The platform was produced on a shoestring, and without any grant money. We are a small team of seven that hold the believe that a platform like this is important and we work hard to make more and more information available for free. You will see our partnership with Elsevier publisher come to fruition on this site over the next few months.

And we plan more, lots more. We are looking for funds to expand the platform, and there is one simple way in which you can help us to do just that: sign up. The more subscribers we have, the better the chance that we secure funding and make this work. The better we will be able to serve your needs.

If anything, we have succeeded in making Bill Gates' dream of the 1970s come true. He dreamt of connecting people by computer from around the world, and build on their collective power. MalariaWorld offers just that.

We look forward to serve you in the best possible way. If you're there, please do come and see us at the MIM conference in Nairobi next week. Just to shake hands and talk about your needs. If not, this site will help you to contact us, and do the same.

Comments

Submitted by consult (not verified) on

This sounds great, Bart, and I look forward to meeting your team in Nairobi next week.
Thanks for a great source of valuable information!

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Submitted by Bart G.J. Knols on

Dear Jesus,

I look forward to meeting you in Nairobi. In the meantime, if you have time, please examine the platform, so that we can discuss your views in Nairobi. The more feedback we get on this service, the better we can make it for you in future.

Best wishes, Bart