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The Open Laboratory 2008 is here!

openlab08cover.JPGI know you have all been trembling in anticipation! But the day has finally arrived – the third science blogging anthology, The Open Lab 2008, is now up for sale!
This year’s guest editor, Jennifer Rohn, did a fantastic job of putting together the best anthology ever! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Jennifer is a pro, so she assembled a team:
Richard Grant was the assistant editor (yes, the posts were really, professionally edited this year, and thus much improved in the process).
Maria Brumm did the technical part, the typesetting, starting out with the template designed last year by Reed Cartwright.
The new cover (not depicted here as well as it looks in Real Life) was designed by Dave Ng, using the artwork by Glendon Mellow.
We received around 830 submissions (give and take, some doubles, some spam, etc. – we gave up counting in the end) and that amazing pool of blog posts was narrowed down to 50 essays, one poem and one cartoon by a team of judges:
Eva Amsen, Tania Glyde, Richard Grant, Stephen Curry, Ed Yong, Katie, Mo, Jonathan Sanderson, Maria Brumm, Martin Rundkvist, Cameron Neylon and, well, Jennifer and me.
If your post is included in the anthology, or if you were a judge, you may way want to display one of the badges on your website/blog – the codes are under the fold.
If you have missed them the first time around, you can still buy the 2006 anthology and the 2007 anthology. Both of those, as well as the new one, are available in paperback or as a PDF download at Lulu.com. In a few weeks, the book will also be available at other online retailers, e.g., Amazon.com, but we prefer that you buy from Lulu.com as the proceeds will go towards organizing ScienceOnline’10 next January.
As always, we will appreciate if you spread the word about the book – the link to the page where you can buy it is, again, here.
Update: Thanks to everyone for spreading the word:
Living the Scientific Life
Neurotopia
Science After Sunclipse
White Coat Underground
The Beagle Project Blog
Marmorkrebs
Confessions of a Science Librarian
PodBlack Cat
The Digital Cuttlefish
Bad Astronomy
The OpenHelix Blog
Laelaps
Aardvarchaeology
Observations of a Nerd
The Oyster’s Garter
Space Cadet Girl
TalkingScience
The Flying Trilobite
Bayblab
Greg Laden
The Mr Science Show
Uncertain Principles
Skepchick
Pro-science
Life Sciences Info @ Imperial College London Library
remote central
Books, Inq. — The Epilogue
Tom Paine’s Ghost
Catalogue of Organisms
Page 3.14
Sciencewomen
Hope for Pandora
Michael Nielsen
Mind the Gap
Biofortified
Tomorrow’s Table
A canna’ change the laws of physics
P2P Foundation

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This morning on the radio – podcast is now online!

Podcast of this morning’s radio show is now up – you can listen to it here.
We covered ScienceOnline09, including its history, several individual sessions and underlying themes, the changes in science communication and journalism and more. A brief plug for PLoS at the beginning. Answered a couple of e-mailed questions, including one from Greg Laden (who almost stumped me – had to think quickly on my feet!).
Thanks to Stephanie and Mike for inviting me on.

ScienceOnline’09 – Saturday 3:15pm – Blog carnivals

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The very first blog carnival was conceived right here, in Chapel Hill, some four-five years ago or so. Since then, the idea took off and there are now thousands of blog carnivals, some generalist, some regional, but most are topical with topics ranging from food to sports to politics. But, probably due to the funny name, new bloggers and observers are often baffled at the concept. I thought it would be a good idea to have a session that explains the concept of the carnival, specifically how the carnivals related to science, nature and medicine are somewhat different from other kinds of carnivals, and why they are Good For You.
Well, there are two people who have spent a lot of time studying and writing about science-related carnivals. I am one of them (read this for the latest, as well as for the links to older material) but as an organizer I did not want to tie myself down with actually leading the session. The other one is Mike Bergin, so he was the obvious choice to invite to lead this session – Blog carnivals: why you should participate.
Mike has written probably the most comprehensive guide to blog carnivals ever – a must read if you intend to participate in, host or start a carnival. So, in his session, he delivered – a good explanation of what a carnival is, how to approach it as a new blogger (or an old blogger for that matter) and why carnivals are an important aspect of the blogosphere.
Science-related carnivals are similar to popular science magazines, or, in some cases, even to lightly peer-reviewed journals. A well-maintained archive of a carnival is like a human-managed search engine on the topic: you can use it to start your search of a topic and how science blogosphere covered it at the moment it was hot news. This function will become more and more important in the future, as blogosphere becomes older.
Sure, you can go to Google or Technorati and search blogs for a topic, but what you’ll get are millions of hits, most of them simple links or copy+paste jobs – useless waste of time. A carnival will contain the best examples of blog coverage of the topic and the included posts will often also contain links to other worthwhile coverage of the same topic – thus a good start for a smart, targeted search. Not to mention how much more fun it is to read stuff with a human touch and an editorial hand as compared to just using an automated, soulless application.
But carnivals have several other functions. And I was happy to see some of them mentioned in other sessions at the conference.
For instance, many bloggers use carnivals for self-discipline in their blogging. Yes, you post LOLcats and YouTube videos most of the time, but once every week or two you make yourself sit down and do some research and write a serious, carnival-worthy post, just so you can submit it to your favourite carnival.
Furthermore, the existence of a particular carnival may make a blogger get outside of regular topics and explore something different. For instance, The Giant’s Shoulders has provoked many science bloggers to start digging into the history of science and writing posts about classical papers or historical concepts in science. This was, I understand, stressed strongly in the ‘History of Science’ session that day.
One function of carnivals that many appreciate the most is the community building it enables. For intance, in her analysis of the connectivity of science blogs, Christina Pikas discovered an unusually tight cluster of female scientist blogs. Several of those bloggers were present at the conference and, in a few sessions, all credited Scientiae carnival as one of the key community-building tools.
We could also see (and hear, oh did we ever!) that marine bloggers are also a tightly-knit community. In another session (on blogging networks, for instance) they mentioned that Carnival of the Blue is a key tool for building their community, discovering and introducing new marine biology bloggers, introducing each other and organizing events (even if it’s The Invertebrate War – a wonderful community-building tool in itself).
I And The Bird was mentioned as an important tool for building communities in the ‘Nature blogging’ session as well. A carnival similar to Scientiae but focused on minorities in science may come out of discussions at the conference as well.
Finally, usually around Christmas when everyone is either busy or offline, some carnivals suffer gaps or start appearing dead – managing them takes work! The discussions at the conference led to appeals to rescue some of those, with immediate results – Circus of the Spineless has a new manager and will re-start publishing on Monday. Likewise, Tangled Bank (the carnival equivalent of Nature) is about to stage a comeback.
I hope that Mike’s session has informed new people about the importance of carnivals and spurred others to revive old or start new ones.
More coverage of this session:
10000birds: Talking Blog Carnivals at ScienceOnline09
Nature Blog Network: What is a Blog Carnival?
Deep Thoughts and Silliness: Semi-live Blogging Scienceonline09: Day 1
Living the Scientific Life: What Happened to Tangled Bank?
Living the Scientific Life: Science Blog Carnivals: Another Endangered Species
Other sessions in this time-slot that I missed:
Open Notebook Science:
bjoern.brembs.net: ScienceOnline09: Open Notebook Science
Highly Allochthonous: ScienceOnline Day 1: generalised ramblings
Science in the open: The integrated lab record – or the web native lab notebook
Art and science — online and offline:
The Flying Trilobite: ScienceOnline09 – Art & Science afterword
Ideonexus: ScienceOnline09: Science and Art
Bioephemera: Art vs. Science, Part One: Semiconductor
The Flying Trilobite: Art & Science at ScienceOnline ’09 discussion continues…
Expression Patterns: ScienceOnline09 – Day 2
Nobel Intent: ScienceOnline 09: History, art, and science
Anonymity, Pseudonymity – building reputation online:
HASTAC blogs: Liveblogging ScienceOnline ’09: Anonymity and Pseudonymity – Building Reputation Online
Knowledge Sharing: ScienceOnline’09: Anonymity, Pseudonymity
Confessions of a Science Librarian: ScienceOnline ’09: Saturday summary
Christina’s LIS Rant: Science Online ’09: Saturday PM
Extreme Biology: Anna’s Favorite Moment from Science Online ’09
The blog/media coverage linkfest is growing fast (perhaps start at the bottom and work your way up, posting comments on the way and saying Hello to your new friends), there are ongoing discussions on FriendFeed and new pictures on Flickr. Also, if you were there, please fill up this short form to give us feedback, so we can make next year’s meeting even better.

A very nice article about ScienceOnline09 in BioTechniques

By Colleen M. Smith: NEWS: ScienceOnline’09 explores the evolution of science on the web:

Research Triangle Park, NC, Jan. 16–The third annual science communication conference, ScienceOnline’09, took place at the Sigma Xi Center last weekend. The event was open to all scientists, bloggers, educators, students, journalists, and others interested in exploring science and ways to communicate it on the web….

Thank them – they made ScienceOnline’09 possible

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ScienceOnline’09, the third annual science communication conference (successor to the 2007 and 2008 North Carolina Science Blogging Conferences), was another unqualified success wifi issues notwithstanding. Around 215 scientists, educators, students, journalists and bloggers gathered for three days of activities, meals, sessions and hallway conversations to explore ways to use online tools to promote the public understanding of, and engagement in, science.

Find a comprehensive listing of links to the many blog entries and video clips posted before, during and after the conference to learn about the conversations and networking at the conference.

Like our first two conferences, ScienceOnline’09 was a collective activity many organizations, companies and individuals pitched in, in ways large and small, to keep this conference free, attendees fed and the discussion lively. Please join us in thanking them read below, and click through to their websites to show your interest in what they do. (We thanked the sponsors of the second event here and the first event here.)

So, a huge Thank you to our sponsors for helping us to keep this event free:

Our host
Sigma Xi once again hosted the ScienceOnline’09 conference, as well as the WiSE networking event for free in their beautiful center. Meg Murphy kindly facilitated this – she’s the unsung hero of the conference! and Mike was on hand for tech support. Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering.

Our institutional partner
The NC Museum of Life and Science, which last year arranged for the awesome grab bags, this year stepped up to be our institutional partner (to handle our funds). Debbie May, VP for Administration/CFO, was a delight to work with, and Troy Livingston, VP for Innovation Learning, continues to be one of our biggest boosters. The museum exists to create a place of lifelong learning where people, from young child to senior citizen, embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.

Our sponsors
Burroughs Wellcome Fund once again gave us a substantial grant to support the conference. Russ Campbell, communications officer, helped to make sure this funding was available to us. BWFund is an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities.

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center repeated its support with a biotechnology event sponsorship grant; Ginny DeLuca and Chris Brodie there are our supporters. NCBiotech seeks to provide longterm economic and societal benefits to North Carolina by supporting biotechnology research, business and education statewide.

We used the grants from BWFund and NCBiotech to give small travel stipends to our many session discussion leaders.

JMP Software, for the third year in a row, provided a cash grant to help pay for our delicious lunch. JMP is a division of SAS, the leader in business intelligence and analytics – they’ve also donated a copy of their JMP 8 software (worth $1500), which we’ll have as a drawing prize on Saturday (you need to fill the feedback form to enter the drawing).

Science In the Triangle was a new sponsor this year. This site is an evolving experiment in community science journalism and scientific community organizing. If you are based here in the Triangle, think about how you might collaborate with the site to spread news of your organization or research – Anton and I are looking forward to getting involved with the effort.

Research Triangle Foundation helped us even our accounts with a last-minute grant. The Foundation just celebrated the 50th anniversary of Research Triangle Park, and will host the XXVI International Association of Science Parks World Conference June 14, 2009.

Blogads has sponsored many of our BlogTogether events over the last four years, and once again Henry Copeland and his crew made a donation to this conference. They pioneered blog advertising in 2002 and trailblaze today.

We used the donations from JMP, Science In the Triangle, Research Triangle Foundation and Blogads to feed everyone, with good coffee in the morning and delicious sandwiches and Mediterranean salads at lunch.

Our donors
Enrico Maria Balli, Kim Gainer, Ryan Somma and Russ Campbell made personal cash donations, and David Kroll, our coorganizer, dipped into his own pocket to help make the conference unique.

Grab bag of science swag
This year, IBM provided recycled reusable bags. Other organizations, companies and individuals donated materials, including: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Seed Magazine, Public Library of Science, COPUS Year of Science, Harper Collins, JMP Software, NC Sea Grant, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center and others to be named later.

Friday events
Counter Culture Coffee invited us to attend their weekly coffee cupping. Mark Overbay, marketing communications manager, facilitated our group of 25 and gave a tour of the coffee roasting operation.

Afternoon lab tours were hosted by NCCU‘s Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (David Kroll, director), Duke’s Lemur Center and Smart Home (Karl Bates arranged these), and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences (Roy Campbell was host and tour leader).

Rebecca Skloot couldn’t join us last year, but with her book finally drafted and off to her publisher, she was game to come to RTP this year to attend ScienceOnline’09 and keynote the Women in Science and Engineering networking event Friday night at Sigma Xi. Erica Tsai, Phoebe Lee, Ana Sanchez, Amrika Deonarine and Rachel Witek put together a fantastic event, and Skloot’s talk about the immortal contribution of Henrietta Lacks to science was riveting. (Abel Pharmboy hosted a rousing wine tasting, too.)

Our discussion leaders
ScienceOnline’09 was an unconference in which all attendees were encouraged to participate and share alike; we asked 77 of them to serve as session discussion leaders, to provide their experiences or perspectives as a way to spark the session conversations. See the conference agenda to find out who facilitated which session.

Our volunteers
Elle Cayabyab Gitlin and Risha Zuckerman demanded the opportunity to spend the conference sitting at our welcome/registration table -; they were awesome! Larry Boles and Bill Hooker stuck around to help clean up. Lots of others helped out throughout the weekend, offering rides, organizing the swag table, keeping us on track and much more. Kevin Zelnio designed awesome name badges that in the end, couldn’t be completed due to some technical difficulties with our printer. Thank you to you all.

The Food
Meals were catered or ordered from Fetzko Coffees, Weaver Street Market, Saladelia Cafe, and Mediterranean Deli. The Thursday Early Bird Dinner was held at Town Hall Grill. Many local attendees brought fruit to share.

The organizers
Finally, big thanks to Anton Zuiker and Abel Pharmboy for making this all possible, by patiently putting together all the pieces of the conference throughout the entire year of planning. See you all next year!

Again, a huge ‘thank you’ to all the individuals and organizations supporting our free, publicunderstandingofscience conference.

ScienceOnline’09 on Minnesota Atheist Radio

Science is moving onto the internet. Collection of data, collaboration between researchers, communication and critique of results, teaching and learning–all are increasingly being done online. ScienceOnline, held January 16 – 18 in 2009, is a conference dedicated to discussing the intersection of science and online technologies. Bora Zivkovic, one of the founders and organizers of ScienceOnline will join Atheists Talk Sunday, February 1, to talk about the purpose of the conference, the results of this year’s sessions, and why it’s important to meet your online colleagues in person.
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ScienceOnline’09 – Saturday 2pm, and on the organization of an Unconference

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About a month ago we had a spirited debate on Twitter if ScienceOnline09 is an Unconference or not. I think the problem stems from two distinct meanings of the term.
See what Wikipedia, the Unconference Blog and this article say about the concept.
On one hand, people in the tech industry who like to attend various BarCamps and FooCamps (like SciFoo) really like the idea that the program is set entirely by participants ahead of the coference, either on a wiki, or on a big white poster board on the morning of the conference, and thus take it that this is the defining aspect of an Unconference. It is fun to do it this way, it sounds democratic and in the spirit of the “wisdom of the crowds” but it has serious drawbacks we wanted to avoid – on that later, keep reading.
On the other hand, the term Unconference also applies to the way sessions are run, regardless of who picked the topics. It is probably the best to quote Dave Winer on this:

The sum of the expertise of the people in the audience is greater than the sum of expertise of the people on stage.

Thus, if the person on the podium is talking and the audience is jotting notes, you are doing it Wrong. The unconferenc-ey session is highly participatory, with the person behind the lectern serving, pretty much, only as a moderator, breaking the ice and defining the topic at the beginning, making sure nobody hijacks the discussion, and making sure that the discussion does not veer off on crazy tangents without ever coming back to the topic.
In a perfect world, every conference and every session would be an Unconference in both senses of the term, but in the real world, it does not work that way. Why? Here is my experience from organizing three conferences to date, and why we chose a hybrid model.
First, for the 1st Science Blogging Conference, we did it the full Unconference way – the Program was set by the participants on the wiki beforehand. It worked pretty well, actually. But there was also something that bothered me at the time, and even more when we opened for the suggestions for the 2nd conference: the Program (just as it happened at SciFoo) was quickly populated by sessions suggested by A-type, self-promoting, middle-aged, white males – people just like me. The women, minorities, the very young, the very old, the tech non-savvy, the n00bs, the marginalized, the shy, the always-silenced… they got silenced again. And we wanted to hear their voices. Especially their voices.
Second, many of the suggestions were for sessions that are blogging universals, e.g., how to deal with trolls, which don’t have much to do with science. Most of the suggestions were about blogging in general. But, blogging is not the only thing in science online. There are online scientific journals, magazines, books, social networks, virtual words, various repositories, applications, video, reference software, etc. and that’s just the technical side, not to mention the social aspects of it all. The blogs are just one part of that ecosystem, perhaps the glue that binds those all together, and we wanted to have more than just blogging sessions – we wanted to explore how all those aspects relate to each other and how the Web is changing the way science is done. This is the motivation, also, for the name-change of the conference to make this point clear: instead of Science Blogging Conference, now it is called ScienceOnline.
Third, ScienceOnline is an evolving conference and we are trying to have year-to-year continuity, a year-to-year improvement, and yet having each conference having its own coherence and its own “stamp”. Discussions starting in one year continue the next year, perhaps with an entire year of events and technical inventions in-between to report on, perhaps becoming more focused or more derived, or splitting into two or three more specific sessions. They should be providing something new to repeat participants, yet are not completely out of context for the first-time guests either.
A general “science education online” session in 2007 became a “using online technologies in the classroom” session in 2008, which became three sessions in 2009: online science for kids/parents, use of online technologies in middle/high schools from students’ perspective, and using online technology in college teaching. The ‘gender and race’ session last year provided so much fodder, it turned into four sessions this year (gender in science, race in science, blogging through transitions, and anonymity/pseudonymity session).
This is a tough balance to provide, and the “wisdom of the crowds” does not work well with fine-tuning the sessions in this way. If we continued to let the participants set the Program on the wiki by themselves, every year we would have the same conference: a bunch of white, middle-age geeks leading sessions about beating the trolls on blogs. It would get old pretty fast.
So, we decided to have a much bigger say on what the Program will be, picking among the suggestions that arrive on the wiki, working with moderators on building and defining their sessions, and actively pursuing interesting people to talk about interesting topics, in order to have exciting, novel, fresh and coherent program every year.
In other words, the pre-conference crowd-planning may work for one-off conferences, but not for a series of annual conferences. Also, as the meeting gets bigger and bigger each year, a proper balance and diversity is harder to attain: this year 31 out of 77 presenters/moderators/panelists were women, which is actually not as good a ratio as we had last year, when the conference was smaller, but some changes always happen at the last moment and are out of our control. On the other hand, the diversity in race, ethnicity and age was greater this year than before.
Fourth, not every topic lends itself well to the unconference format. First, there are demos – 15 minute show-and-tell sessions where someone shows their site or software to the potentially interested users. There is not enough time for a long discussion beyond a brief Q&A. Then, there are workshops where it is obviously intended to have an expert in front and the audience coming in with a specific goal to learn something new – Blogging 101, Blogging 102 and ‘Paint your own blog images’ sessions fall into this category.
Then, there are sessions where the person on the podium clearly has greater expertise than all or most in the room, but once the audience learns something, a discussion may ensue, thus, having about half the time for a presentation and half the time for discussion is perfectly OK – examples: Semantic Web session, GeneWiki session, Rhetorics session, Carnivals session, Online resources for kids and parents session.
Some sessions are introductory (Open Access), some highly derived (Impact Factor, Open Notebook Science). On the other hand, some sessions were quite possible to open up to the audience right off the bat, even as easily as the moderator starting with a question “the topic is X, what do you want to talk about?”.
And then, there are the panels (three this year) which are an entirely different animal….
Interestingly, in the feedback form (90 respondents so far – if you are not one of them, please take a couple of minutes to fill it – we will analyze the data and use it to make the next conference better), most people really liked the free-flowing feel of the participatory sessions. Some like the unconference feel so much they actively disliked when a session was any less than 100% participatory. And then, there are always a couple who are uneasy with the format and would prefer more top-down control and formalized lecture-like sessions (no, we are not going that way!). I think a hybrid model, with each session’s format geared towards it’s topic and audience, is the way to go, perhaps erring on the side of free-flow when in doubt.
So, while we were planning this year’s program, I wanted to combine several of the things I mentioned above and do an experiment. I wanted to see if we could still have a free-flowing participatory discussion if we had a huge panel with a lot of panelists, each panelist being kind of a blogging superstar, and each having unique experiences that others in the room don’t have. Can we pull that off?
So, in the spirit of sessions evolving out of previous year’s sessions, I thought that expanding the “blogging on the ocean” session of 2008 could be expanded into a “blogging from various exotic and weird places” panel this year. So, I put the feelers out to see if there was any interest in this. And – oh yes! – there was interest, was there ever!
In the end, we had quite a large and delicious set of people on the panel: Karen James, Talia Page, Anne-Marie Hodge, Meredith Barrett, Kevin Zelnio, Vanessa Woods and Rick McPhearson, all participating in the session on Blogging adventure: how to post from strange locations (it could have been even bigger, as I also tried to lure in Samantha Larson (who liveblogged her ascent to the top of Mt.Everest), John McKay (who liveblogged a mammoth dig), Laura Hendrix (who blogs from rural places in the developing world) and perhaps some of the Antartctica bloggers, but they either could not come or could not be reached in time).
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And, even with such a large panel, and each panelist having a story to tell, it worked wonderfully! First, they started off by engaging the audience – asking us to liveblog the session while they were going around the room and making it physically and mentally difficult to do – lights going on and off, strange noises, chairs shaking, pens falling out of our hands, weird insects falling into our hair…hey, it wasn’t easy!
Getting the taste of what it feels like to try to blog outside the comfort of our pajamas in our basements, we were eager to hear about the real challenges they experiences while blogging from strange places. Rick and Kevin are marine biologists and they do their field work on ships, submarines and while diving. When you are out at sea, there is a lot of water around you, and that water contains a lot of salt. Neither water nor salt are good for your laptops! But more importantly, there is no time – a month at sea is all one has to collect a year-worth of data. Thus data-collecting takes precedence. They work 24/7 on their research, do not even sleep enough, and there is just no time for sitting down and writing.
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The time constraints were also the biggest problem for Anne-Marie, Vanessa and Meredith, who do ecological/conservation field-work in the tropics. Anne-Marie blogged from Belize last summer, Vanessa studies bonobos in Kenya, and Meredith studies lemurs on Madagascar. In such places, electricity is another limiting factor – it is unreliable, or rationed. Likewise for internet access.
Anne-Marie also realized that poachers do not like cameras that they set up to take pictures of animals in the rainforest – when they triggered the light-beams and got pictures taken off, they just smashed and broke the expensive equipment.
Finally, having diarrhea-inducing tropical diseases, like Ghiardia, is not just all-around bad news for you, but also a special impediment to blogging. While in India, Talia had to use an Internet cafe to write her blog. First time the nasty bug sent her running to the bathroom someone stole her notes from the computer desk. She diligently immediately copied them from memory, but then had to run to the bathroom again. But this time, there was no toilet paper. Oh, look, what’s that in my hand? Notes? I am so glad I took them with me so they do not get stolen again. And notes are on paper – a very useful material in this situation. You know how that story ended….
Next year, Talia will report on blogging from South American countryside, and in 2012 she will blog from space – a Virgin Atlantic space flight. By that time, as technology progresses, she probably will not need to have a laptop with her – we will be able to instantly see what she sees, hear what she hears, and read what she says. I hope.
A number of people in the room added their stories, and a number of technical suggestions were made (see the wiki page of the session and the blog coverage of this session). Sending datasets to one’s advisor back home is one problem – requires time and bandwidth and reliable internet.
On the other hand, blogging requires time and energy – something most people in the field do not have. Thus, long essays on a blog are unlikely to become common. But Twittering, or using audio (something you can do while walking and talking, or while finally resting in the hammock with a cold beer in the evening) may catch on as the favourite method for communicating the wonders of doing science in the field.
Other coverage of this session:
Highly Allochthonous: Liveblogging from ScienceOnline…
Pondering Pikaia: ScienceOnline09 Conference Update
Space Cadet Girl: For a Good Time, Check out Science Online 09
TalkingScience: For A Good Time, Check out Bloggers from Science Online 09
Deep Sea News: Science Online ’09: Blogging Adventure
Sessions in this timeslot I missed:
Web and the History of Science (which I really, really wanted to see, but we messed up the schedule when we printed the program, swapping some sessions in comparison to the program we had on the wiki):
Skulls in the Stars: ScienceOnline ’09: Web and the History of Science
Ideonexus: ScienceOnline09: The Web and the History of Science
Knowledge Sharing: ScienceOnline’09: Web and the History of Science
Christina’s LIS Rant: Science Online ’09: Saturday PM
Nobel Intent: ScienceOnline 09: History, art, and science
Race in science – online and offline:
HASTAC blogs: Liveblogging ScienceOnline ’09: Race in Science Online and Offline
Adventures in Ethics and Science: ScienceOnline’09: Diversity in science, online and off
Almost Diamonds: Whither Allies
Thesis – with Children: On Not Quite Passing
Alternative careers: how to become a journal editor
Confessions of a Science Librarian: ScienceOnline ’09: Saturday summary
Deep Thoughts and Silliness: Semi-live Blogging Scienceonline09: Day 1
Expression Patterns: ScienceOnline09 – Day 2
The blog/media coverage linkfest is growing fast (perhaps start at the bottom and work your way up, posting comments on the way and saying Hello to your new friends), there are ongoing discussions on FriendFeed and new pictures on Flickr. Also, if you were there, please fill up this short form to give us feedback, so we can make next year’s meeting even better.