Keeping up with current issues and responding to the recent worldwide H1N1 influenza outbreak, the first PLoS Currents research theme is influenza.
The site uses many tools like Google Knol and NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) database called Rapid Research Notes, Both which are created and moderated by the experts in the field.
The value of this type of information sources is that they are available to anyone from anywhere with internet connection.
PLoS Currents: Influenza welcomes contributions covering any and all aspects of research into influenza: influenza virology, genetics, immunity, structural biology, genomics, epidemiology, modeling, evolution, policy and control. Contributions might take the form of new datasets, preliminary analyses or entire manuscripts. The launch site already features new findings from some outstanding influenza researchers.
To enable contributions to PLoS Currents: Influenza to be shared as rapidly as possible, they will not be subject to in-depth peer review; however, unsuitable submissions will be screened out by a board of expert moderators led by Eddie Holmes (Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Pennsylvania State University) and Peter Palese (Department of Microbiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine).
Official Google Blog: A new website for the rapid sharing of influenza research