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Quick #scio12 Day 1 Recap

I don’t have much time right now, because I’m about to head to the reception but Day 1 here at ScienceOnline 2012 was simply amazing. I’ve already met a ton of cool people, and I’ve finally gotten face-to-face with a bunch others who I’ve known through online interactions.

This morning’s keynote was fabulous, and my first session of the day was ScienceScribe 2.0 which was a art for science kind of “presentation.” It was more like a workshop than anything, but was super fun. I even got the lecturer to visual-note my open notebook science session.

I have a bunch of pictures from today, but somehow have no way to get them on my laptop. So pictures will have to be posted when I return to ABQ.

Remember to follow ScienceOnline on twitter by searching #scio12 and me in particular by  following @thescienceofant.

#scio12 ONS discussion: What do you want to talk about?

I’ve been mind mapping like mad for the ONS session on Thursday, and I’ve come up with topics that I find interesting with some questions to engage the community. You can check that out here: Mindmap.

But now I want to know what you have in mind. What do you think about ONS and its future? What do you want to learn about ONS? What can ONS do for you? And why did you start/thinking about starting an open notebook? Do you even like open notebooks? Do you even like notebooks?

So many questions, but fret not because there is a ton of time until the session and we can talk about it all we want after then as well. Just let me know either in the comments, or on Twitter: @Thescienceofant


#scio12 ONS session discussion: A Facebook for Science

I have talked to my friend about this in the past but the hardest thing about open science is that there is no social network built around science and that the ones that do exist don’t allow for much room to play. Let’s take a quick look at what’s out there and what their drawbacks are:

  • FriendFeed – to me this was the best of the social networks when it came to science. The live conversations were great and you could create rooms and groups and manipulate them at will. I would make a room to take live notes in and post them in my open notebook. The only drawback was that Facebook bought them and stole all the features to put into Facebook (somehow making Facebook worse at the time) and then seemingly left friendfeed for dead.
  • Google+ – brand new and seems a lot like friendfeed. The biggest issue is that all posting to Google+ requires manual entry. I personally don’t have a lot of time to be posting all my notes to the Plus, so my activity there is minimal. But if they ever get that fixed I could see it surpassing friendfeed in terms of usability.
  • Twitter – used a lot by a lot of people and I still don’t understand why. Tracking information around twitter is a mess and requires so much attention that it almost isn’t worth it. If information didn’t spread so quickly via Twitter I would despise the site (but not the people that follow me and that I follow!). Not only that but analyzing twitter traffic still isn’t up to par as I’ve discovered a lot in my notebook.
  • Facebook – I really want to compare Google+ and Facebook, but you can’t. To me they are so different that it’s apples and oranges. Both are social places, but I refuse to use Facebook to post information because there is no way to filter to the right groups (yet). The Plus has circles which greatly helps in this regard. But Facebook allows me to make groups and pages and automate posting information to those places making that feature way better than the Plus.

I don’t really use anything other than those 4 so if someone out there has any information to add to what I just mentioned or uses something other than the big 4 let me hear it!

So with all that said, will there ever be a social site that is built around science? One of the hardest things for me (and others I suppose) is trying to find other open scientists and other open notebooks.

In ScienceBook (to be completely unclever) I imagine having a repository of open notebooks that makes browsing simple. There would be an RSS feed that shows the latest posts from all the notebooks and you can subscribe to whatever you want to pick and choose what you want to read.

But what else would be useful? Let’s get the conversation going here and keep it going in the scio12 session on Thursday at 1:30pm.

Planning For #Scio12: Open Notebook Science Discussion

This is the week of the greatest conference in the world: Science Online 2012! I’ve never been but I’ve heard amazing things about it and I can’t wait to go, hence my personal declaration. Not only will I be going, but I’m also co-hosting the Open Notebook Science session with Jean-Claude Bradley. The session is on Thursday at 1:30pm.

Since this is my first time attending Scio12 (as it is lovingly referred to on twitter) and unconferences in general (are there other unconferences?) I have a lot to adjust to. Another issue is that my session is on the first day so I will only be able to get a feel of the conference very briefly before I’m up.

But I’m not worried. From what I’ve been told I’m just supposed to lead a discussion. And I’m excellent at doing that. I really don’t enjoy the sound of my voice for an hour and I much prefer to engage my audience. In this format the audience isn’t really an audience, but rather a collection of peers who have valuable information to share.

And share we will!

So for the next three days I am going to be planning what I would like to share with the audience and what I hope to learn from those in the session. I’ll make a mindmap that will be live updated and from time to time I’ll ask some pre-questions to try and build some steam for the session.

Currently here is the session plan:

We will discuss the semantic representation of Open Lab Notebooks and automated discovery by social mapping of ONS content. An example of merging ONS datasets with “Dark Open Science Contributors” – companies and government agencies that will donate large amounts of data to the public domain – if they are asked – will be presented. (e.g.Alfa Aesar and EPA donate Open Melting Point data ). We will also discuss the variety of electronic platforms for ONS and how to apply them in undergraduate science lab courses.

This plan was made with JC Bradley and Steve Koch, but Koch won’t be able to attend and I’m filling in.

Personally I’d like to discuss how to make ONS both viable for most scientists, and how to engage scientists to participate in ONS. Let’s face it, most people read and contribute to blogs daily. But open notebooks in my experience receive very little attention. I’ve had posts record hundreds of hits, but those same posts have 1 or 2 comments.

How do we get others to engage in the conversation? How do we get others to start their own notebooks? How do we prove that ONS isn’t just some fad, but is required for long-term scientific health?

And how do I get people going to Scio12 to comment on this post to start the conversation for the session before we even step foot in the room?