Nature Publishing Group announced the next stage in the development of its "Workbench" development platform. NPG is inviting the community to develop customized applications to search, discover, and share scientific information. NPG declared its Workbench officially 'open' for new widgets at today's OpenSocial Europe Summit in the Netherlands.
NPG launched its Workbench environment on Nature Network in May 2010. The Workbench is a configurable webpage on Nature Network that users can customize by selecting, removing, and moving widgets that can be used as tools for common online research activities.