December 1, 2014 (Vol. 34, No. 21)


Strong Points: A variety of topics and varied content
Weak Points: Requires Internet connection to browse content




Sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Open Drug Discovery Teams app brings together open science data and science news that is focused on research into rare and neglected diseases. Content is organized into 32 categories that include rare (and some common) diseases, along with some general topics. Uniquely (although this may just be a harbinger of things to come), this app gathers its content from Twitter. Thus, app users browse through a manicured collection of link-containing tweets, clicking on links of interest to display them in an in-app browser. App users don’t need Twitter accounts themselves; however, if users want to get involved with content curation they will need to configure a Twitter account (and allow the app to access it).

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