Category Archives: OpenLab08

Open Laboratory – old Prefaces and Introductions

One difference between reading Open Laboratory anthologies and reading the original posts included in them is that the printed versions are slightly edited and polished. Another difference is that the Prefaces and Introductions can be found only in the books. They have never been placed online.
But now that four books are out and we are halfway through collecting entries for the fifth one, when only the 2009 book is still selling, I think it is perfectly OK to place Prefaces and Introductions that I wrote myself online. I wrote Prefaces for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 book, as well as the Introduction for the 2006 one. The introductions for the subsequent editions were written by the year’s guest editor, i.e., Reed Cartwright in 2007, Jennifer Rohn in 2008, and SciCurious in 2009.
So, under the fold are my three Prefaces and one Introduction. See how the world (and my understanding of it) of the online science communication has changed over the last few years:

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Everything you always wanted to know about The Open Laboratory

Walter Jessen of Next Generation Science interviewed me recently, mainly about the Open Laboratory, but also a little bit more about science blogging and Science 2.0. The interview is now live – you can read it here.

The Open Laboratory 2008….and 2009?

The page has already been viewed 1160 times, 30 blogs linked to it so far (see the bottom of the announcement post for the list), a very nice number of books (not tellin’, sorry) has already been sold, and review copies are on their way to American Scientist, The New Scientist and Seed (I am also expecting a call from Nature as they reviewed the previous two anthologies as well).
The book was the homepage Buzz on the other day – see this for photographic evidence. And the Discover Magazine highlighted it in their March issue – see this.
The guest editor for 2009 will be announced next week so check back here in a few days.
In the meantime, start parsing through your blog archives since December 1st 2008 and start picking your best posts for the next anthology. You can now start submitting your entries via this submission form.


Coming soon:

The Open Laboaratory 2008 – the winning cartoon and poem

And the winners in these two categories are:
xkcd: Purity
Digital Cuttlefish: The Evolutionary Biology Valentine’s Day Poem

The Open Laboratory 2008 – and the Winners are…..

I know many of you are trembling in anticipation: “Did I make it this year?”. Well, it’s like the Oscars – the Academy Awards are kept tightly under wraps until the moment the envelope is opened.
The list of entries was long, and full of excellent posts – this was hard to judge!
And, Jennifer Rohn, this year’s Editor, just handed me the envelope. Trust me – I have not seen the list of winners myself until now.
And, the winners are…..
Adventures in Ethics and Science: Research with vulnerable populations: considering the Bucharest Early Intervention Project (part 1).
All My Faults are Stress-Related: Data, Interpretations and Field Work
Bad Astronomy: WR 104: A nearby gamma-ray burst?
Bayblab: A History of Beardism and the Science that Backs It
Cabinet of Wonders: A Rule of Thumb
Catalogue of Organisms: Are You Sucking on a Lemon or a Lime?
Charles Darwin’s Blog: Someone should invent a device to look at the micro world
Cognitive Daily: How to make your eye feel like it’s closed, when it’s actually open
Cosmic Variance: The First Quantum Cosmologist
Dear Blue Lobster: Bloop: A Crustacean Phenomenon?
Denialism blog: Fountain pens
Dr. Jekyll & Mrs. Hyde: Why I blog….
Effect Measure: Important new flu paper in Cell: part I
Green Gabbro: The Igneous Petrology of Ice Cream
Hope for Pandora: Dear Reviewer
The Beagle Project Blog: Detecting natural selection: a pika’s tale
Laelaps: Who scribbled all over Darwin’s work?
Life, Birds, and Everything: Do we see what bees see?
Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Audubon’s Aviary: Portraits of Endangered Species
Mad Scientist, Jr.: Brain Extractions
Marmorkrebs: How Marmorkrebs can make the world a better place
Mind the Gap: In which science becomes a sport – hypothetically speaking
Minor Revisions: To Whom it May Concern
Nano2Hybrids: What IS a carbon nanotube?
Neurotic Physiology: Uber Coca, by Sigmund Freud, (reposted on Neurotopia 2.0: Uber Coca, by Sigmund Freud)
Not Exactly Rocket Science: Space Invader DNA jumped across mammalian genomes
Nothing’s Shocking: Poster session paparazzi
Observations of a Nerd: Having Some Fun With Evolution
Plus magazine – news from the world of maths: United Kingdom – Nil Points
Podblack Blog: Smart Bitches, Not Meerly Sex
Pondering Pikaia: Social Clocks: How do cave bats know when it is dark outside?
Providentia: Dr. Fliess’ Patient
Quintessence of Dust: Finches, bah! What about Darwin’s tomatoes?
Reciprocal Space: I get my kicks from thermodynamicks!
Rubor Dolor Calor Tumor: Calor?
Science After Sunclipse: Physics Makes a Toy of the Brain
Sciencewomen: A reckless proposal, or ‘Scientists are people too, and it’s time we started treating them that way.’
Terra Sigilatta: Liveblogging the Vasectomy Chronicles
The End Of The Pier Show: On The Hardness of Biology
The Loom: Even Blood Flukes Get Divorced
The OpenHelix Blog: The Beginnings of Immunofluorescence
The Oyster’s Garter: How a coccolithophore without its plates is like a grin without a cat
The Scientist: On the Nature of Networking
The Tree of Life: What is so bad about brain doping? Apparently, NIH thinks something is.
Tom Paine’s Ghost: Biochemistry of Halloween: Installment 1
Tomorrow’s Table: 10 Things about GE crops to Scratch From Your Worry List
Uncertain Principles: We Are Science
Wired Science Blog: Correlations: The Third Branch of Science?
A canna’ change the laws of physics: Expect The Unexpected
The winners in the poetry and cartoon categories will be announced tomorrow, right here, same place, same time.
Update: the winners in the cartoon and poetry categories are:
xkcd: Purity
Digital Cuttlefish: The Evolutionary Biology Valentine’s Day Poem

ScienceOnline09 on Radio In Vivo

As you know, Anton Zuiker, David Kroll and I were on the radio earlier today, chatting for an hour with Ernie Hood of Radio In Vivo, here in Carrboro.
We discussed science communication, education, publishing, blogging, popularization, journalism, social networking, Second Life, etc. The focus was on ScienceOnline09, but we also mentioned The Open Laboratory anthologies (2006, 2007 and 2008),, the NCCU BRITE, Duke Health, Inside Duke Medicine, PLoS, BlogTogether, SCONC and, of course, our blogs.
Try to find an hour of peace and quiet and listen to the show here (mp3).
And then check out the podcasts of the old Radio In Vivo science shows – there are some excellent previous shows with great scientists.

David took some pictures – you can see them here.