Category Archives: Scio12

A huge thank you to everyone!

Back in February I wrote a grant application through UNM to reimburse money for travel to ScienceOnline 2012. I then wrote a blog post asking for people on the internet to review my grant and provide feedback so I can be assured success. The result was overwhelming as I instantly had many people leaving comments on my grant with really useful feedback.

Today I received word that I won the grant money!

I wish to thank each and everyone who read my grant, reviewed it, read my blog/notebook, retweeted my plea for help, and/or wrote comments. I really appreciate the help you provided and I hope I can count on you all again when I go public with my #SciFund Challenge proposal.

As an added bonus I learned that I scored a 92.544 out of 100 on my grant which just shows that collective knowledge works for the better!

Going to ScienceOnline 2012 was such a unique opportunity and I cherished it regardless of paying for the unconference out of pocket or with grant money. I met so many people who I now regularly communicate with and work with/hope to work with in the near future. I am truly humbled by the experience of ScienceOnline 2012, the efforts to aid me in my research, and the effort to help me secure funding for the unconference.

After all, if it wasn’t for this huge success, I would not have written this post, which I consider my biggest success in blogging.

Again I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!!!

Send me to #scio12 Part 2

Thanks to everyone who read my grant and provided feedback or one or the other! I really appreciate it. I’ve made a bunch of edits based on all the feedback I received. The grant is due tomorrow and I want to send it through one last round of scrutiny before it gets submitted. So click the link:

ScienceOnline Travel Grant

And if you don’t want to click then check out the original post here (which has the document embedded in it).

Help me pay for going to #scio12 (by reviewing my grant)

I’m writing a grant to the Student Research Allocations Committee (SRAC) part of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) here at the University of New Mexico (UNM). The grant is for up to $500 which is almost exactly what I need to pay for the airfare.

The reviewers try to be as objective as possible about the grading and you can find a rubric here: Scoring Sheet.

I’m writing the grant in Google Docs and I’ve made it so that anyone can comment. So leave comments either below in the comment section of this post or in the document itself. This right now is a work in progress and will be expanded as the day goes on. If you can read and critique my grant I would be much appreciative. Granting in the open can be fun and let’s show a collaborative effort makes a winner. Here is the embed:

And here is the link in case you can’t get to the document from the embed: Send Anthony to ScienceOnline 2012

#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.

Mini-success for open notebook science

I’ve been talking to a lot of non-open scientists lately and I can tell they are really intrigued by what I do (as far as openness is concerned). My friend John is beginning to see the power in open access and so are a few others. This is a success in my book because every little bit helps.

But lately I started to date someone (Jacqueline) who immediately was turned on by the idea of open notebook science. She thought it was really cool but said there was almost no way her advisors would let her do it.

Anyways, Jacqueline just started a rotation in a molecular biology lab at the UNM Cancer Research Facility (which I just found out has no mention online, so sorry no link) and she is being trained to do transformations of E. coli, PCR, ligations, etc. To help her get an understanding of the experiments she will be carrying out I showed her my OpenWetWare notebook which houses all my molecular biological information.

I told her it’s all open so she should feel free to browse around and I explained how I set my notebook up to help make her navigation a bit easier.

The next day Jacqueline approached me and told me how useful my notebook was for her in understanding the experiments and to understand the setup. She then told me the most beautiful words I’ve ever heard…

“I want an open notebook.”

And of course I told her she could have one, and that I would explain how I’ve come to use various media to record information. A crash course in open notebook science if you will. And I’m extremely excited to teach the lesson, and I’m sure she is equally excited to learn about it.

But this little anecdote reminds me of an important issue. At ScienceOnline 2012, it was asked in my ONS session if there should be a site that is dedicated to open notebook success stories. The point would be to show people the benefits of open notebook science so there would be less hesitation to join the fun.

I agree that something should be set up and I’ll need to speak with some people that I met at the conference as well as other leaders in the field to try and establish some success stories (both big and small) that would be worth mentioning. I think at the very least, there should be a comment type setup, where people can just leave their own success stories. That would be very powerful. A shorter version of the story above would be an excellent candidate.

Brian Glanz of the Open Science Federation (got it right this time) had a brief discussion about it with me at the conference and he mentioned it on a post of mine here. Let’s brain storm this idea and get it off the ground!