Research talks can be very useful in giving an overview of a paper, highlighting some thing especially interesting about the paper or summarizing the novel technique used. In an earlier entry, videolectures.net, a website focused on research videos was highlighted. In a similar vein, I noticed another useful website which may contain presentations by researchers in your community. The website in discussion is http://www.researchchannel.org. The intended audience includes science professionals, researchers and academicians.
The ResearchChannel also has the purpose to share research with the public. According to the website, it is visited by 2 million visitors each year. Moreover, it is supported by various research centers, well known universities and major academic societies:
As a consortium of universities and research institutions, we are an intellectual community that makes knowledge available to all by sharing our developments, insights and discoveries with a global audience. We bring together ideas from the world’s premier institutions and disseminate those ideas to the public directly. We engage our audience in the research process by communicating developments as they unfold. We experiment with technology to enable alternative, leading-edge exchanges of our resources. We are committed to looking forward, both in terms of our technological innovation and our continual diversification and expansion of resources for our audience.
The website is a promising focal point for research videos. The classification of the presentations could be improved. Although it is easy to search presentations according to their host institutions, the subject classification is currently not great. Moreover, the website could do with better coverage of discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science. Nonetheless, the idea is great and if it catches on, it will be great to have various archives to search relevant research presentations.