Dear fellow biogeographers,
Several IBS members proposed the creation of a web blog for the Society in the last meeting in the Canary Islands. A blog is defined as a ‘website where entries are written in chronological order and displayed in reverse chronological order’.
Blogs have become mainstream media tools for providing commentary and news on the Internet. In July 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 73 million blogs and the number of people that reads blogs, every day, is much larger.
Surprisingly, few scientific societies have created blogs. However, if the aim is to promote a scientific discipline outside academia a good way to start is by creating a blog. Blogs are new and we are still learning how to use them effectively. So you are bound to see many changes as we go along.
I hope the IBS blog will help increasing communication among biogeographers and promote the discipline outside the walls of the academia.
If you are a member of the IBS, enthusiastic about the project and want to become a regular contributor to the blog, please let us know. Any ideas and suggestions are welcome.
We hope you see this project being yours as much as it is ours.
All the best,
Miguel B. Araújo
Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications of the IBS