Category Archives: Conferences

Impact of Electronic Notebooks on Science

Amazing and historic artifacts of science

This is sorely due and highly outdated (for internet standards), but I wanted to share this with the world anyway. Back in June I attended the Science at Risk workshop at the Library of Congress. The workshop brought to light the different aspects of how science is achieved via the internet and I was asked to speak on behalf of open notebook science.

On day 1 of the Workshop, we were provided a special manuscript viewing of some of the most historic and treasured scientific documents that is in possession of the Library of Congress. Check it out below, and feel free to ask me questions about the images in the comment section!

#Scio13 Electronic and Open Notebook Session – Background to ONS

If you are going to ScienceOnline 2013 and are interested in attending the Electronic and Open Lab Notebook Session then there are some things you need to know about open notebooks. Luckily I’ve been writing about open notebook science for a while and have been compiling useful information for the benefit of everyone. Feel free to peruse my articles on the subject and be ready to bring some interesting thoughts to SciO13.

About ONS (the introduction)

The Impacts of ONS

As usual feel free to leave comments below, or bring your comments to ScienceOnline 2013. Or better yet, contribute some thoughts on twitter and make sure you @mention me (@Thescienceofant) and my co-moderator Kristen Briney (@brineydeep4) and tag it #scio13.

Open Notebook Science – SACNAS Poster

I finished my poster for SACNAS on Friday and it is getting printed today. You can check it out via Slideshare and/or figshare depending on your preference. I’ve made it downloadable via both links, but the figshare one won’t alter the original file so I would download from there. Anyways here it is:

#Scio13: A Collection of all the Open Notebooks in the World

One of the things that I hope to achieve at ScienceOnline 2013 is to be more aware of who else is doing ONS. We are such a small community right now that it is important that we collect and curate a list of all the open notebooks around the planet. I don’t mind curating this list, but I need help!

And you can help!

If you have an open notebook, or know of one please link to it here in the comments.

Why would we want a list of open notebooks?

Well as open notebook scientists we should stick together. Having easy access to other notebooks allows us to share our experiences with each other. Plus it would be fun to keep track of what others are doing and read about interesting science in real-time! Also having a maintained network of open notebooks would allow other scientists to easily follow current work in real-time. Another reason for having a network of open notebooks is to encourage others to join the movement. Hopefully through sheer numbers others can see that we are a collective force of excellent scientists and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

SACNAS 2012 Poster Planning

I’m in an interesting predicament right now. I have two powers: (1) scientific thought and (2) artistic interpretation. As the great Uncle Ben says, “With great power comes great responsibility,” and I have the unique ability to deliver an informative poster with great aesthetic appeal. But what should I make my poster look like?

So here I sit. My poster is already mapped out, and I just need to figure out a useful design for my poster. I’ve been thinking of a couple of choices:

  1. SketchNote Style – artistically speaking this would be awesome, but from an information digestion perspective this may be overwhelming. Maybe I’ll hand draw an alternative design and give that away to someone.
  2. ONS Talk Style – this would maintain the same style as my presentations of the same theme.
  3. Theme Tree
  4. Mindmap Style – but prettier (embedded below)

At this point, I think a MindMap or the ONS Style would be most appropriate. I’m going to dwell on this a bit more before getting to work on the design (and I’ll get to work on the content in the process). In the mean time, check out the mindmap via the link above or the embed below!


Create your own mind maps at MindMeister