Today marks Digital Science’s second birthday, and as we round out another year, what better time to reflect on some of the progress made by members of the Digital Science family in 2012. It’s been an extraordinary year (and an exceptionally busy one, to boot), and we wanted to pull together some fun facts and numbers as we look back on 2012. So here’s a glimpse of not only our activity this year, but also a sign of what we hope to see more of as we look towards the new year. 

Check out the amazing cake made by @Laura Thomson

Digital Science Is 2

  • Altmetric, a project that tracks and measures the the attention paid to research online, captured 2,282,826 mentions of 873,687 distinct scholarly articles in the past year.
  • The research article with the highest Altmetric score (1454) this year is … drumroll please … “Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality” by Freedman et al. in the New England Journal of Medicine. You might want to have that cup of joe *before* reading that one … 
  • Labguru, a lab information management tool from our colleagues at BioData, grew in users from 3,500 users last year to over 40,000. They were also recently ranked #4 on the Top 10 Innovation for 2012 list from The Scientist.
  • 1DegreeBio, an online marketplace for research materials and services, now has 1 million products and services listed, with over 4 million pages in product-related content accessible on the site. They also had over 145,000 unique visitors this year, almost triple the traffic they had last year. Need an antibody? Well, look no further. 
  • Submissions for Figshare, our open data project, have tripled since the service added DOIs (Digital Object Identifier … an important step forward for research objects like data) and opened their API. Well done. This is a move we hope to see plenty more of in the new year. 
  • Here’s one to noodle on: Did you know that the average laboratory researcher is supposed to take five safety and compliance training courses each year. For the average lab, that’s 60 training courses. For an institution with 500 laboratories, that’s 30,000 training courses that need to be completed per year in order to be compliant. 80 percent of institutions have no method whatsoever in place to keep track of who is in each laboratory nor a way to track the hazards to which individuals are exposed. That’s some serious risk. One of our most recent investments this year, BioRAFT, is looking at ways to lower that percentage and make the process more intuitive. (Also, stay tuned for more from BioRAFT in the new year regarding lab safety … )
  • SureChem, our patent chemistry product line, has made available 4 million novel patent chemistry compounds in PubChem the world’s largest free public chemistry database. More news on that to come before the year is out. Watch this space. 
  • Symplectic, a research information management company for institutions, added this year integration with CrossRef and RePeC. With the addition of those two information sources, their flagship product Elements now automatically aggregates bibliographic data from over 30,000 journals across nearly 2000 disciplines. That’s no small order. 

Congratulations to all of our colleagues around the world on their work this year and for their continuing commitment to working tirelessly on problems affecting the research community. We’re not nearly there yet, but it’s reassuring to know that we are still working towards our vision of a more efficient and reproducible means of doing research that utilises the tools and technology we have before us. I, for one, cannot wait to see where 2013 takes us. 

On a separate note, and for a bit of fun, a look back to our public launch two years ago, and to the video we had commissioned for it. It’s well worth a watch (and no, we can’t sell you the Lego kit to build this yourself 🙂 ). Enjoy.