Video Lectures are Good: MOOCs for science dissemination and an open access to education
castello miramare
Castello Miramare, Trieste.

– John Lees-Miller reporting from Trieste

Hello from the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy! The ICTP supports science and science education in the developing world, and we got an invite to one of their workshops.

As usual, I learned much more from the workshop than the workshop did from me. I was invited to talk about writeLaTeX and how it makes collaboration easier for scientists and students around the world. But this post is about all the other great stuff at the workshop.

LaTeX templates for BioMed Central, F1000Research, PLoS, Springer LNCS and IOP journals

Here we present a collection of five journal article templates pre-loaded into writeLaTeX and ready for immediate editing online

BioMed Central Journal Article LaTeX Template Screenshot
A set of 21 video tutorials introducing LaTeX (with workable examples)

Dr Vincent Knight of the University of Cardiff spent Sunday screencasting a set of 21 introductory videos for his new set of students (the academic year is just starting here in the UK).

We hope these are useful for the wider community - the full set of videos are embedded in this blog post for easy reference.

New feature: Toggle between auto-compile and manual-compile modes in writeLaTeX

You can now choose to pause the automatic preview of the compiled document - simply click the option in the top right corner of the preview:

auto preview pause screenshot

The preview will now stay paused, and will not update until you choose to refresh it manually, or turn the auto-preview back on.

Introducing Flooved - an open educational resource repository for maths and physics

We're excited to launch our third open access partnership with Flooved, an open education repository for maths and physics

Flooved homepage screenshot