Category Archives: Artsy

#sciencescribe Junior Lab Lecture 2: Intro to Labview

Lecture #2 Intro to Labview by Steve Koch, illustration by Anthony Salvagno (me!).

Steve gave a lecture to the students of Physics 308-L about Labview basics and showed them how to set up an exponential random number generator. This was the basis for their lab assignment. Here are my sketch notes about the lecture, which I think turned out surprisingly well.

#sciencescribe Scientists and Wikipedia at #scio12

Illustrated by Anthony Salvagno (me!) and session hosted by Dario Taraborelli and Greta Munger.

This was a super interesting session. It was so interesting that I had to stop scribing so I could get involved in the conversation. The bulk of the conversation discussed how to get others involved in collaborating on Wikipedia.

Many people are afraid to contribute and the interesting thing is that, their fears are kinda justified as the moderators on Wikipedia can be kinda harsh when it comes to accepting edits. Not only this, but the people who should contribute (leaders in the field) frequently don’t and it’s obvious the world could greatly benefit from their contributions. The moderators described keys to getting over this barrier and presented an interesting case study: a class assignment that involved creating articles on Wikipedia!

Some of those principles from that case study I’m actually applying in my own lab this semester, but more geared towards open notebook science (instead of creating wikipedia content). The goal is the same though, to get the students used to contributing to collective knowledge and to encourage them to communicate with their community (each other).

#sciencescribe Altmetrics session at #scio12

Illustrated by Anthony Salvagno (me), session hosted by Euan Adie and Martin Fenner.

Altmetrics are web analytics tools designed to accurately measure the true impact of modern scientific publications. The biggest criticism with peer review is a lot of the process is slow and dated and the major way to gauge usefulness of a publication is to measure impact factor which is just as skewed as the perception of peer review being critical today. I have a lot of interesting views on this that I won’t go into now, but you can read all about altmetrics here and find some cool modern tools that attempt to properly gauge impact here.

This session introduced the idea of alternative metrics and displayed the various tools that attempt to collect various data scattered throughout the web to gauge impact in a modern, insightful way. And above are my sketch notes from that session. Enjoy!

#sciencescribe Sketch Notes from #scio12

I’ve mentioned this before and tweeted about it a couple times, but there was a session at ScienceOnline 2012 that taught conference attendees the practice of sketch noting. Perrin Ireland (@experrinment) hosted the session and then encouraged all who attended to practice during the conference. We would even get our work publicized.

So in the next series of posts I’m going to publish the sketch notes from the conference. I’ve also been inspired to continue to practice my sketch note skills and I’ll be posting sketch notes from lectures, seminars, colloquium, etc until the day I graduate (and hopefully beyond).

To start I’m going to share my sketch note of the sketch note session. I was practicing as I was learning. I’m also posting the sketch note Perrin created of the session that I moderated with Jean-Claude Bradley (Open Notebook Science). Check them out in the gallery below.