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  • 1. Physicists’ Uses of Blogs Christina K. Pikas SLA PAM Physics Roundtable June 5, 2007
  • 2. Note: No faculty liaison talk!
    • Report from the first Science Blogging Conference
    • State of the Physics Blogosphere
      • Pre-2005
      • Post-2005
    • My upcoming study
  • 3. Science Blogging Conference
    • January 20, 2007 in Chapel Hill, NC
    • Topics
      • Blogging for the benefit of teachers
      • Promoting public understanding of science
      • How to blog
      • Blogging & controversies in science
  • 4. Results
    • Series of primers/basic reviews
      • Suitable for undergrads?
      • Suitable for us?
      • http:// tinyurl.com/yvhrca
    • How k-12 teachers use blogs
      • Targeting content to requirements
  • 5. Next Year
    • Saturday, January 19, 2008
    • Topics
    • Teaching Science
    • Science Journalism
    • Doing science on blogs
  • 6. Physics Blogosphere Pre-2005
    • Maybe fewer than 10 active bloggers using blogging software
    • Many still blogging
      • Distler (2002- )
      • The Quantum Pontiff (2003- )
      • Not Even Wrong (2004- )
  • 7. 2005
    • Quantum Diaries Project
      • Bloggers wanted to continue
      • Others wanted to comment?
    • Cosmic Variance
    • Critical Mass?
  • 8. After 2005
    • Maybe ~300 physicist bloggers?
      • Trackbacks on Arxiv (http://arxiv.org/tb/recent)
      • Many, many comments
  • 9. My study
    • How and why do scientists blog?
      • Qualitative
      • Content analysis
      • Interviews
      • Finishing by 1/08…
  • 10. Contact Information
    • Christina K. Pikas, BS, MLS R.E. Gibson Library & Information Center The Johns Hopkins University
    • Applied Physics Laboratory
    • Voice  443.778.4812 (Baltimore)
    • 240.228.4812 (Washington)
    • E-mail [email_address]