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Social networks, forums, blogs and other online spaces can be a rich source of information for learning from other bioinformaticians. ...

Social networks, forums, blogs and other online spaces can be a rich source of information for learning from other bioinformaticians.

I've been involved with online bioinformatics communities for around 13 years, beginning with a Slashdot-style site called Nodalpoint in 2001, through to Twitter today. In this talk, I hope to convey something of what I've learned in that time about the benefits (and sometimes, the pitfalls) of being an "online bioinformatician".

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Learning from complete strangers - social networking for bioinformaticians -  Neil Saunders Learning from complete strangers - social networking for bioinformaticians - Neil Saunders Presentation Transcript

  • Learning from complete strangers social networking for bioinformaticians Neil Saunders COMPUTATIONAL INFORMATICS www.csiro.au
  • Social Networking: Slide 2 of 38 this is not the advocacy talk these are the advocacy talks http://www.slideshare.net/lindenb/draft-being-a-bioinformatician-20 http://www.slideshare.net/c.titus.brown/2013-beaconcongresssocialmedia-25245386
  • Social Networking: Slide 3 of 38 quotes to inspire No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else - Bill Joy
  • Social Networking: Slide 4 of 38 quotes to inspire It’s not information overload. It’s filter failure. - Clay Shirky
  • Social Networking: Slide 5 of 38 four ages of online interaction (at least since c. 2000) the age of forums and portals the age of blogs the age of “facebook for scientists” the age of Twitter
  • Social Networking: Slide 6 of 38 in the beginning there was nodalpoint.org (2000 - 2009)
  • Social Networking: Slide 7 of 38 questions and answers
  • Social Networking: Slide 8 of 38 what we learned from nodalpoint if you build it, they will come [*] [*] Unless you build it wrong. Then they don’t.
  • Social Networking: Slide 9 of 38 the age of blogs I blog at http://nsaunders.wordpress.com
  • Social Networking: Slide 10 of 38 recent items from bioinformatics blogs
  • Social Networking: Slide 11 of 38 most hits to blogs are via search aggregators are largely useless, with exceptions http://www.r-bloggers.com/
  • Social Networking: Slide 12 of 38 what we learned from blogs experts are “out there” and they will find you https://xkcd.com/386/
  • Social Networking: Slide 13 of 38 the age of “Facebook for Scientists” social networks for scientists N. Saunders (SMMS, UQ) Science networks November 26, 2008 8 / 29 http://www.slideshare.net/neilfws/what-can-science-networking-online-do-for-you-presentation
  • Social Networking: Slide 14 of 38 what we learned from “fb4sci” they don’t work beware of anything “for scientists” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnomes_(South_Park)
  • Social Networking: Slide 15 of 38 at about the same time came...FriendFeed http://nsaunders.wordpress.com/2009/12/23/the-life-scientists-at-friendfeed-2009-summary/
  • Social Networking: Slide 16 of 38 what we learned from FriendFeed data finds data then people find people http://blog.jonudell.net/2007/07/02/data-finds-data-then-people-find-people/ http://cameronneylon.net/blog/why-the-web-of-data-needs-to-be-social/
  • Social Networking: Slide 17 of 38 the age of Twitter https://twitter.com/shaylamaddox/status/27278131665
  • Social Networking: Slide 18 of 38 what can you do with 140 characters? Lots of things!
  • Social Networking: Slide 19 of 38 post links to interesting articles possibly your own
  • Social Networking: Slide 20 of 38 provide status updates services, software
  • Social Networking: Slide 21 of 38 advertise jobs also meetings, events
  • Social Networking: Slide 22 of 38 advertise your other online content
  • Social Networking: Slide 23 of 38 ask/answer questions
  • Social Networking: Slide 24 of 38 discuss topical issues
  • Social Networking: Slide 25 of 38 provide light relief
  • Social Networking: Slide 26 of 38 what we learned from Twitter it’s all about who you follow transient and real-time is OK
  • Social Networking: Slide 27 of 38 and so back to forums... forums have evolved and are still valuable what I’ve learned from forums: you can’t improve the questions
  • Social Networking: Slide 28 of 38 is social networking a time sink? https://www.flickr.com/photos/30884177@N08/4107290250
  • Social Networking: Slide 29 of 38 well...yes, it is need to manage time as you see fit http://www.ashersarlin.com/archives/2004/09/honestly_who_co.php
  • Social Networking: Slide 30 of 38 is online activity recognised or rewarded? by your employer? probably not by everyone else - absolutely!
  • Social Networking: Slide 31 of 38 rewards & recognition 1/n
  • Social Networking: Slide 32 of 38 rewards & recognition 2/n
  • Social Networking: Slide 33 of 38 rewards & recognition 3/n
  • Social Networking: Slide 34 of 38 rewards & recognition 4/n
  • Social Networking: Slide 35 of 38 rewards & recognition 5/n
  • Social Networking: Slide 36 of 38 rewards & recognition 6/n and many more besides publications
  • Social Networking: Slide 37 of 38 many socials we did not discuss bibliography; bookmarking; presentations; video; audio; coding...