by Eva Amsen, science communication and outreach on Apr 25, 2010
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Talk for BarCamb 2010 about communities of scientists, in relation to SciBarCamp and other unconferences for scientists. ...
Talk for BarCamb 2010 about communities of scientists, in relation to SciBarCamp and other unconferences for scientists.
Picture heavy. I tried to add notes with the main things that were discussed in the talk.
Slide 2: Start talking about online communities. TOO many online science communities.
Slide 3/4: Even though scientists among first users of internet, internet has now become a distraction. Not so interested in online communities (or at least not in signing up for ALL of them)
Slide 5: Science Online North Carolina conference
Slide 6: Science Online London conference
Slide 7/8: Talking about science online has become a kind of new subfield, where people get together to talk about the web at physical conferences. Just like other new fields, eg stem cells, with new conference series
Slide 9/10: At conferences, you meet people in the breaks → unconference
Slide 11: Explanation of Foo/Bar Camp history. There is room for a SciBarCamp
Organized in Toronto in 2008/2009
Slide 12: Why Toronto?
BarCamp scene very established. This picture: HohoTO Christmas party – raised HUGE amount of money for local food bank, all through unconference/tech/media community (spread through Twitter)
Also LOTS of scientific research.
Should be perfect ground to start a scibarcamp.
Slide 13: From here to the end: just photos of SciBarCamp 2008 to give an impression.
Mentioned groups of people that came:
-scientists – very few. They also complained that there was so little scientific research presented, but nobody presented their own either.
Hard to get scientists to go to an unconference. Rest of session: discussed reasons.
-Funding – none for attending a barcamp
-Recognition – ditto
-No benefit for career if not in company of people in same field. Maybe it could work as appendix of an existing conference (within a field). Has been done (once?) in physics, and a few times in science communication.
(An additional post-BarCamb note: I remember a lot of people also mentioning the fact that they don't want to attend a conference in their spare time. They would go if it was during a work day, but then the people who come out of personal interested can't go.)
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