@figshare t-shirt contest contest

I have 3 t-shirts from figshare that I want to give away. The first one will be given away to the person who comes up with the best contest to give away the other two shirts. Be creative with your contest idea, but keep it related to sharing scientific information, open science, citizen science, etc.

It could be anything at all, I won’t be particular but I will probably weigh my decision on the merits of: impact, creativity, and hilarity (but not necessarily in that order). Also I can’t rule out just plain sucking up. But overall I would prefer ideas that get the scientific community engaged in sharing science. Also keeping it simple is a good rule of thumb, but I won’t stop anyone from suggesting people build a giant robot that shakes down scientists to put their data online (nor will I stop anyone from actually building said robot).

If this contest goes well, and the winning contest goes well then hopefully I can host more contests in the near future. With that said, let’s get it started! Suggestions go in the comments:

UPDATE: I forgot to mention when the deadline will be. Get your ideas submitted by Wednesday Nov 7 at 11:59pm mountain time (my time zone).

UPDATE 2: According to Mark, these t-shirts are limited edition, so you’ll definitely want one.

  • Andy Maloney

    My contest: you should just give me a t-shirt. :)

    • http://www.iheartanthony.com Anthony Salvagno

      Hahaha, well if no one suggests anything within 13 hours you’ll get your wish.

  • http://twitter.com/BHelmstutler Brenna Helmstutler

    tweet a great article and include a hashtag like #figsharecontest. Winners can be selected randomly, or another way of the selector’s choosing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/piotr.migdal.9 Piotr Migdał

    Get most views for a single document published today on figshare.

    It involves both putting something interesting or well done and promoting it well. An alternate variant is to make as many total views of one’s works today (it may generate some upload, tweet, like and share frenzy though ;)).

    • http://www.iheartanthony.com Anthony Salvagno

      I like that idea!

      • http://www.facebook.com/piotr.migdal.9 Piotr Migdał

        :)
        Are you in power to make a dashboard, say, showing in the real time objects with the highest view counts (per day, or per hour)?

        • http://www.iheartanthony.com Anthony Salvagno

          No I’m not, but maybe figshare can help us out with that. Otherwise I’d have to judge the old fashioned way.

          • http://www.facebook.com/piotr.migdal.9 Piotr Migdał

            Well, I proposed the dashboard as an additional feature, by no means it’s necessary.
            If it does not to be figshare-specific, there is also idea to make something like “share your code” or “share your negative result” (whether on figshare, github or anything else). However, it could be harder to make it focused and to decide who is the winner.

            Anyway, I think that scientists should learn _a lot_ from programmers’ open software culture; and by open I mean free to distribute, a free license and an open invitation for collaboration (so it’s much, much more than many progressive scientists call open science or open access).

            And as a bit of a side note: http://offtopicarium.wikidot.com/v1:open-science-2-0
            If you are interested, I can say a bit more about the “Hacking Science” project.

          • http://www.iheartanthony.com Anthony Salvagno

            Have you looked around my notebook? I offer everything up here as free to read, free to reuse, and am highly open to collaboration! I’ve completely adopted the mantra of open source for science and it’s called open notebook science. Poke around if you will…

          • http://www.facebook.com/piotr.migdal.9 Piotr Migdał

            I saw it and it’s exactly why I wrote the “Anyway…” part. :)
            (Sadly, I never started an open notebook. Maybe because i tend to take very chaotic notes. But as I have questions, I try to ask them as openly as possible – on MathOverflow or (deceased, *sigh*) Theoretical Physics SE.)

            And anyway, I smiled a lot reading your “I won’t stop anyone from suggesting people build a giant robot that shakes down scientists to put their data online (nor will I stop anyone from actually building said robot).”

          • http://iheartanthony.com Anthony

            A friend of mine runs a mathblogging.org you may want to try that for future questions in addition to your current avenues.

            And don’t be discourage by chaotic notes. If your life can be enhanced with electronic notes (searching, etc) you should go for it!

          • http://www.iheartanthony.com Anthony Salvagno

            A friend of mine runs a mathblogging.org you may want to try that for future questions in addition to your current avenues.

            And don’t be discourage by chaotic notes. If your life can be enhanced with electronic notes (searching, etc) you should go for it!

          • http://www.facebook.com/piotr.migdal.9 Piotr Migdał

            Searching is one thing, the more important is to have things in a structured way which is always with me. I tried for myself TiddlyWiki (nice, but for n+1 browser tab) and Evernote (very nice, but I for me it works for relatively non-related materials).
            So the main point is to find a workflow to convert gibberish notes (of which most of stuff are either bad guesses or later turns out to be trivial) to something more usable in a longer run than a few days.
            But thanks for the link, I’m going to try it.

  • http://www.iheartanthony.com Anthony Salvagno

    This is not eligible for entry, but I want to remember to host an open science haiku contest.

  • DNLee

    Hey! We met in person at SACNAS (my suck up)
    But for giveaways & plain fun, I am a sucker for memes and photo bombing.

    Meme: folks can share photos of them doing and/or sharing science, perhaps on their blog/tumblr/FB/twitter etc. Use Rafflecopter to keep up with the entries & it can randomly select the winner. More sm tools used, more entries. Each entry is linked back to your site, via comments is the easiest way. Also ask them to join or follow figshare, subscribe to your blog, etc. more entries

    Photobomb: have folks print he figshare logo & place it in pictures of science &/or outreach action scenes. Depending on how much management you want to do, feature pics on your site or have them submit to Flickr with special tag: Figshare Science in Avtion Gallery, then pick your fave….

  • Per M Knutsen

    Competition: Convince n friends/colleagues to submit k works to figshare (must be new users). Then, ask them about their experience using figshare to prove participation (like a short testimonial, say 1 paragraph). Participant with max n*k wins. I think this strategy could have a strong ‘imprinting’ effect; the more you talk (and think) about figshare the more you’re likely to return to it in the future (and mention it to other friends/colleagues).

  • http://www.facebook.com/piotr.migdal.9 Piotr Migdał

    So, is there a date for the winner announcement?
    And when the actual competition is going to start?

    • http://www.iheartanthony.com Anthony Salvagno

      Yeah, I’m going to announce the winner later today. There are some issues in the lab I have to deal with first.

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