The first Web log was initiated in 1991. Since then, an ever increasing number of scientists have been using these Internet diaries to communicate knowledge, report about science, comment on it and classify it. Web logs are an enrichment for science communication.
Blogs are appropriate tools for exciting events to find their way from the sciences into the public. Over the last years, scientific topics have become increasingly popular in classical media, however they cannot be dealt with in all their breadth by journals, magazines and radio/TV. That is why blogs are not regarded as competitors to classical media, but rather as complementary. Richard Zinken, editor in charge of spektrum direkt (Spektrum publishing house) said at the end of November 2007 at the “Wissenswerte” conference: “Scilogs.de is a communication platform for topics that would otherwise not be dealt with in print journals.” And Marc Scheloske explains in his wissenswerkstatt.net blog: “In ten years’ time we will look back at today and laugh at the fact that blogs and conventional editorial journalism were regarded as opposites and competitors.” The fact that science blogs are only now starting to enjoy increasing popularity is quite astonishing. Back in 1991, a scientist at the CERN in Geneva used to regularly post his scientific progress on the Web. The person involved is hardly an unknown person: It was Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Internet.