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This presentation was used as part of the blogging section in the workshop we ran on 27 May 2011 for the programme: Blogs, Twitter, Wikis and other web-based tools: Collaborating and building your …

This presentation was used as part of the blogging section in the workshop we ran on 27 May 2011 for the programme: Blogs, Twitter, Wikis and other web-based tools: Collaborating and building your online presence at Imperial College London

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  • HR interview – video clip 2 (may need to upload to vimeo first)http://vimeo.com/24303956
  • Ask them first to come up with ideasNeed to add transitions on slide
  • Again ask for suggestionsNeed to add transitions on slide
  • Note – we’ve heard from Mark and seen the video of HenryDemo three blogsThen the science writing exampleMention Ed Yong – British Science writer – fantastic case study – he blogged about
  • Note: need to reference this correctlyEd Yong (British science writer) wrote a piece about chimeric chickens (research done by a biologist)A farmer in rural Missouri who had these chimeric chickens got in touch with Ed Yong who put him in touch with the scientistsAcknowledge Dr Alice Bell for drawing my attention to this
  • Legal and ethical issuesNature Network postWrote an opinion about two particular scientistsLawyers at Nature Network got nervous and took post downFirst person to have a post removed Solely because afraid of England/Wales libel lawsSurprised him how low threshold wasLearning experienceGot involved in Simon Singh campaignWrote about the case & supported itProgramme of reform for libel lawsUp to 20:30
  • Note the cheat sheetDo I have time to blog regularly?Need to post fairly regularlyWho am I blogging for?Other researchers in my fieldOther scientists/engineers/practitionersStudentsNon-researchers (‘the public’)What do I want to blog about?Pure science, data, experiments, resultsA mix of science/work related content and personal contentWider scientific/political/other issues?What should I not blog about?Other people? Confidential dataResearch data/project for which funding/patent/grant applications will be madeWhere should I blog?An Imperial hosted blog? (Imperial blogging terms and conditions of use) Web based in the cloud service such as WordPress.com? (WordPress.com Terms of Service)Locally hosted (either by Imperial or on your own server) blog such as WordPress.org (WordPress.org license)What do I want to do with my blog?Do I need functionality such as the ability to typeset LaTeX?What kind of files do I want to embed? Does the blogging software I am using allow this?Am I blogging as an individual or as part of a group?Do I want to link in other social media services such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn?Am I sharing data? Do I have the right to? Do I want to license it? Open data commons?What is the archival policy of the blogging software I am using? Do I need to back up data?
  • Might not get all of this done today – should make a fairly good start

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  • 1. Blogging
    Have you read a blog before?
    Has anyone written a blog post before?
  • 2. An online diary, with entries (known as posts)
    written in reverse chronological order. It is
    possible to post text as well as embed other
    content (such as images or videos or tweets
    from your Twitter account).
    What is a blog?
  • 3. Serendipity
    Web services such as Technorati or Google Blog Search
    Blog portals
    Blog Scholar
    Academic Blog portal
    Science Blogging
    Scientific blog networks
    Nature Network
    Occam’s Typewriter
    How do I find blogs (to read)?
  • 4. Free
    Web-based (though can host on local server)
    Easy to set up
    Flexible (post content whenever you want)
    Enables engagement with a community by two way conversations/discussions
    Can be open to invited members only or open to all
    Improves your writing; teaches you to write for ‘non-specialists’ who may or may not be ‘the public’
    Interactivity with other social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Delicious)
    Advantages of blogging
  • 5. Quite informal
    Need to blog regularly (which takes time)
    Challenging to engage people in discussion
    Open (though can be closed)
    Disadvantages
  • 6. How is blogging being used in science, business and/or higher education
    As part of the actual research
    Fano varieties and Extreme Laurent Polynomials
    Parallel to research
    Leaves on the Line
    To engage in science communication
    Reciprocal Space
    Science writing
    Not Exactly Rocket Science
  • 7. Case study: “In which I set up a collaboration between a biologist, a farmer and a chimeric chicken”
    “How did Sanders find me? “My search brought up
    several related blogs and articles but yours was the
    only one that was easy to read yet contained enough
    technical information (and diagrams) to answer
    my questions,” he says. “You also were the easiest to
    contact.””
    Yong, E. (2010) In which I set up a collaboration between a biologist, a farmer
    and a chimeric chicken. Not Exactly Rocket Science. Weblog. [Online] Available
    from: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2010/09/11/in-
    which-i-set-up-a-collaboration-between-a-biologist-a-farmer-and-a-
    chimeric-chicken/ [Accessed 26 May 2011].
  • 8. Stephen Curry
    Legal and ethical issues: Blog case study:
  • 9. Blogging guidelines
    Do I have time to blog regularly?
    Who am I blogging for?
    What do I want to blog about?
    What should I not blog about?
    Where should I blog?
    Am I blogging as an individual or as part of a group?
    Do I want to link in other social media services such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn?
    Am I sharing data? Do I have the right to? Do I want to license it?
    What is the archival policy of the blogging software I am using? Do I need to back up data?
  • 10. Set up an account with WordPress.com
    Your personal blog will be private but shared with the group and programme team
    Customise your blog
    Add an image
    Set up your sidebar with widgets
    Identify a blog or two in your field to follow and add them to your blogroll
    Write your first three blog posts
    I will demonstrate instructions also in your WordPress handout
    Practical blogging workshop
  • 11. Imperial College London (2011) Blogs, Twitter, wikis and other web-based tools. [Video] Available from: [http://vimeo.com/user4690689/libraryweb20]
    http://technorati.com/
    http://blogsearch.google.com/
    http://www.blogscholar.com/
    http://www.academicblogs.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page#The_Academic_Blog_Portal
    Scientific blog networks
    http://network.nature.com/
    http://occamstypewriter.org/
    http://scienceblogging.org/
    http://coates.ma.ic.ac.uk/fanosearch/
    http://www.andrewjaffe.net/blog/
    http://occamstypewriter.org/scurry/
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/
    References