The 8 Year Journey of Origins

Melanie E Magdalena
Jun 1, 2017 · 10 min read
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New Mexico 2017 desert bloom. Photo by me!
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My love of pyramids, embodied by this glorified PowerPoint edited PNG: BermudaQuest.

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The first Origins logo. Brought to you by my mad Microsoft Paint and PowerPoint skills.
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Version 2.0 of knowyourorigins.org (2012) featuring zero web design skill and very questionable graphic design skill. The simple 3 page site featured the first issue in flipbook format on the home page, followed by “affiliate” images with awful gradients and drop shadows. I’m glad we’ve moved past these design decisions. And the older social network icons.

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Back when Open Science wasn’t common lingo, I claimed Origins was “Open Source” — we all learn from our mistakes.
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The first 6 issues of Origins, from May 2012 to September 2013. The first 3 built with sheer patience and Microsoft Word.
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Version 4.0 of knowyourorigins.org (2013) in celebration of 1 million readers. The new issue is still the only home page element, now featuring a teaser description of what the issue is about. The Archive featured covers of all the issues that opened up to the issue in full screen instead of nasty redirects to Issuu, unless you were on your phone… Explore! was the rebranding of BermudaQuest with revised articles and actual citations. There was even an official Contribute page!

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September 21, 2013 Launch night party with Ethan Kellogg, Margaret Smith, Alex Vosburgh and myself.
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The 12 Issues, before Themes were introduced in 2016.
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Version 5.0 of knowyourorigins.org (2015) in celebration of 12 published issues. The home page featured the latest issue along with a handful of older ones. The main change with this layout was the menu, so focus was on the issue, and the addition of “Letters to the Editor” plus a feedback area to improve the experience based on community input.

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Live commenting, GitHub updates, and the ability for anyone to submit edits for review is going to revolutionize everything about Origins — and I couldn’t be more excited.

Back In Business, And More Open Than Ever

Origins Scientific Research Society’s open science portal, knowyourorigins.org, updated to version 6.0 (Git-Ready) on June 1st 2017 for the 8th Anniversary.

Origins is now open, for Year 8, serving #OpenScience. Hope to see you there!

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Making it to Year 8 would not have been possible without:


TL;DR: I want science. You want science. I made us a thing to keep making science!

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