Mastodon works by aggregating people in distinct servers that are connected in a horizontal network, where people can interact freely.
In research, scientists usually work in research centers and collaborate worldwide in a distributed network.
The two things overlap nicely and could be potentially synergic. If we concentrated our efforts on building a Mastodon instance in every big research institution, we may grow a federated scientific network that is free from commercial apps.
Hi all, I'm an anthropologist and editor at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany. I'm interested in studying religion and technology, open access publishing, and the virtues of the Oxford comma. ;-)
I'm new to Mastodon and interested to see what life is like in this fediverse.
Editor, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.
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