Wednesday 6 January 2016

Countries and VPHA reading statistics, 2016-01-06

The number of co-authors in the ALD-history-evolving-file is now 41, from 12 countries (Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Russia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey). The countries are highlighted in the next map and the exact number of authors per country is shown in the pie graph below.

Author map of ALD-history-evolving-file, January 6, 2016. Shades of grey show countries with VPHA co-authors; the darker the colour, the more there are participating co-authors. Map created with Google spreadsheets.
Pie graph of authors in the ALD-history-evolving-file, January 6, 2016. Created with Google spreadsheets. 

As noted by Henrik Pedersen in Twitter, the VPHA co-author map can be interpreted in two ways: either that VPHA is a worldwide project or that large parts of the world are not (yet) involved. There are indeed many countries who could join the volunteer-based VPHA still. For example: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Great Britain, India, Japan, Korea, Norway, Spain, ... We warmly welcome new co-authors from these and other countries. Deadline for joining the the volunteer-based VPHA so that one's name makes it to the joint abstract to ALD 2016 (this will be the last presentation from) is February 7, 2016 (see separate post).

The next graph shows the VPHA reading statistics since summer 2015, when we first calculated the "VPHA numbers" through creating the VPHA-reading-overview-file. During the last month, three has been positive progress in the numbers, as a few people have been reading actively. I hope that the recently published essay on Molecular Layering by Malygin et al. (Chem. Vap. Deposition 21 (2015) 216-240) will further raise people's interest in reading the historical works by oneself. The VPHA-reading-workflow already guides, how new (and) old participants can help oneself to participate in the reading in a sensible way. Later, next months, we plan to somehow try and divide the remaining reading with the VPHA participants, to get the reading done well before summer 2016.

"VPHA in numbers": evolution with time of number of publications listed, comments given and (estimated number of) comments needed in ALD-history-evolving-file, on the basis of the bookkeeping in VPHA-reading-overview-file.

Finally, a note on the stars (*) separating the VPHA signature from the main text in the ALD History Blog posts. When creating the signature, I had to think, how to make the separation, and I decided to give the number of stars a meaning. You will see that the number of stars in the row is the same as the number of countries participating in the VPHA reading, on the basis of authors in the ALD-history-evolving-file. Recently, I could add one star to the row, as a person from Poland joined. I hope that during the next weeks and months, new co-authors from still more countries will join the reading, and I may add many more stars to the row!

Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA) - in atmosphere of Openness, Respect, and Trust

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