Learning from complete strangers
social networking for bioinformaticians
Neil Saunders
COMPUTATIONAL INFORMATICS
www.csiro...
Social Networking: Slide 2 of 38
this is not the advocacy talk
these are the advocacy talks
http://www.slideshare.net/lind...
Social Networking: Slide 3 of 38
quotes to inspire
No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work
for someone els...
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
th...
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 ...
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:...
Social Networking: Slide 12 of 38
what we learned from blogs
experts are “out there” and they will find you
https://xkcd.co...
Social Networking: Slide 13 of 38
the age of “Facebook for Scientists”
social networks for scientists
N. Saunders (SMMS, U...
Social Networking: Slide 14 of 38
what we learned from “fb4sci”
they don’t work
beware of anything “for scientists”
http:/...
Social Networking: Slide 15 of 38
at about the same time came...FriendFeed
http://nsaunders.wordpress.com/2009/12/23/the-l...
Social Networking: Slide 16 of 38
what we learned from FriendFeed
data finds data then people find people
http://blog.jonude...
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 fr...
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/...
Social Networking: Slide 30 of 38
is online activity recognised or rewarded?
by your employer? probably not
by everyone el...
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; ...
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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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  1. 1. Learning from complete strangers social networking for bioinformaticians Neil Saunders COMPUTATIONAL INFORMATICS www.csiro.au
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. Social Networking: Slide 4 of 38 quotes to inspire It’s not information overload. It’s filter failure. - Clay Shirky
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. Social Networking: Slide 6 of 38 in the beginning there was nodalpoint.org (2000 - 2009)
  7. 7. Social Networking: Slide 7 of 38 questions and answers
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. Social Networking: Slide 9 of 38 the age of blogs I blog at http://nsaunders.wordpress.com
  10. 10. Social Networking: Slide 10 of 38 recent items from bioinformatics blogs
  11. 11. Social Networking: Slide 11 of 38 most hits to blogs are via search aggregators are largely useless, with exceptions http://www.r-bloggers.com/
  12. 12. Social Networking: Slide 12 of 38 what we learned from blogs experts are “out there” and they will find you https://xkcd.com/386/
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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)
  15. 15. 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/
  16. 16. 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/
  17. 17. Social Networking: Slide 17 of 38 the age of Twitter https://twitter.com/shaylamaddox/status/27278131665
  18. 18. Social Networking: Slide 18 of 38 what can you do with 140 characters? Lots of things!
  19. 19. Social Networking: Slide 19 of 38 post links to interesting articles possibly your own
  20. 20. Social Networking: Slide 20 of 38 provide status updates services, software
  21. 21. Social Networking: Slide 21 of 38 advertise jobs also meetings, events
  22. 22. Social Networking: Slide 22 of 38 advertise your other online content
  23. 23. Social Networking: Slide 23 of 38 ask/answer questions
  24. 24. Social Networking: Slide 24 of 38 discuss topical issues
  25. 25. Social Networking: Slide 25 of 38 provide light relief
  26. 26. Social Networking: Slide 26 of 38 what we learned from Twitter it’s all about who you follow transient and real-time is OK
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. Social Networking: Slide 28 of 38 is social networking a time sink? https://www.flickr.com/photos/30884177@N08/4107290250
  29. 29. 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
  30. 30. Social Networking: Slide 30 of 38 is online activity recognised or rewarded? by your employer? probably not by everyone else - absolutely!
  31. 31. Social Networking: Slide 31 of 38 rewards & recognition 1/n
  32. 32. Social Networking: Slide 32 of 38 rewards & recognition 2/n
  33. 33. Social Networking: Slide 33 of 38 rewards & recognition 3/n
  34. 34. Social Networking: Slide 34 of 38 rewards & recognition 4/n
  35. 35. Social Networking: Slide 35 of 38 rewards & recognition 5/n
  36. 36. Social Networking: Slide 36 of 38 rewards & recognition 6/n and many more besides publications
  37. 37. Social Networking: Slide 37 of 38 many socials we did not discuss bibliography; bookmarking; presentations; video; audio; coding...

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