Micscape online Magazine

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Micscape online Magazine

#1 Post by Dave S » Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:03 pm

I am led to believe that the long established Micscape Magazine (online), provided by Maurice Smith and David Walker, is seeing a diminishing number article submissions.

This is apparently a threat to its continued existence, as it relies on the submission of articles to retain interest in the site.

From what I have seen, as newcomer to microscopy, it is the best source of information, and guidance for any newcomer to microscopy on the www.

I remember looking at the site, back in the late 90's, and note that people, such as Wim Van Egmond for example, are still providing valuable contributions, but apparently this is not enough to sustain the site.

There must be a great many people here, on this site alone, that are more than capable of producing articles to inspire newcomers, and 'old hands' alike.

Forums are a good place to ask questions, but can be intimidating to a young person, especially if there is lots of hi-tech discussion, and very few people that actually say "Hi, and welcome"
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Re: Micscape online Magazine

#2 Post by MicroBob » Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:32 pm

One big advantage of sites like Micscape is that interesting information is archived and easy to find. In forums the interesting part is often difficult to find and time consuming to extract. My impression is that at the beginning of private internet in the mid-90s much information was presented as an article, also on many private sites. Later on much was only published in forums and sometimes even was lost, when forums closed down or image hosts like Photobucket went mad.

For anybody who hasn't visited Micscape I can recommend it very much. It really is less confusing than a forum because an article just presents one opinion and not a long discussion of the topic.

It probably would be good to write more acticles and publish them on sites like micscape. But I have to admit that I haven't done so. I even have to take care that some of my articles will be easy to find on our own website....


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Re: Micscape online Magazine

#3 Post by 75RR » Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:23 pm

There must be a great many people here, on this site alone, that are more than capable of producing articles to inspire newcomers, and 'old hands' alike.

"Micscape is a free informal monthly web magazine encouraging readers to explore the 'miniature world' around them both on a microscopic and macroscopic scale. It was first published in November 1995.
As far as possible, all material published to date is accessible in the online Library. (See footnote 1 on archiving).
The magazine's success relies on voluntary contributors worldwide. These include amateur microscopists, naturalists, teachers, students and youngsters.
Some professional scientists have also kindly allowed Micscape to share popular accounts of their work.
We invite contributors from all age groups and skill levels to reflect the broad spectrum of microscopy enthusiasts."


As can be seen beginners are also welcome. Perhaps a newbie or two might be willing to share their adventure with others who are also taking their first steps into the microscopic world.
It would be interesting to hear whether they found that previous experience in other hobbies had given them the head start they had assumed it would in this new discipline, or if they found that was not the case at all.
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