STEMdex Beta Site Launches
December 19, 2013
STEMdex grew out of an idea bandied around at the ASP meeting in 2012 - a one-stop-shop for astronomy/science educators that summarised all the education research our community should have read. Given that there are 801 education journals out there (at least there were when I first counted them - there may now be more) it seemed like an impossible task to stay up to date with everything being published that might be relevant to our work. Ideally there would be one place where we could go to find everything we needed without wading through masses of irrelevant literature, and a crowdsourced effort to sort, categorise and summarise it all for the benefit of the community. Thus, STEMdex was born.
Of course, it turned out we weren't the first people to think of this: Dave Bruning and Gina Brissenden had set up SABER a few years before, which covered similar goals. We've worked closely with them to ingest the full SABER database into STEMdex, and these papers will gradually be published on this site as we write the summaries for them.
This site is now in beta, and is being gradually populated with article summaries by our volunteer team. Please feel free to take a look around, and if you have any comments or suggestions on how we could improve the site, please email us. If you'd be interested in helping us to write summaries, we'd love to have you on board, and we offer full training before letting you loose. Please just drop us an email.