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Keynote given at PopGroup 46 meeting in Glasgow, 21 December 2012

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  • https://twitter.com/dpsspiders/status/281094052072542208
  • The Kurodaia (Mallophaga: Menoponidae) Parasitic on the Strigiformes, with a Key to the Species of the Genus (1963) http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/esa/aesa/1963/00000056/00000006/art00029
  • http://rrresearch.fieldofscience.com/2010/12/arsenic-associated-bacteria-nasas.html

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  • Why I blog instead of writing papers @rdmpage http://iphylo.blogspot.com
  • FacebookTwitterBlogging
  • FacebookTwitterBlogging
  • Why blog?
  • Rants, raves (and occasionally consideredopinions) on phyloinformatics, taxonomy, andbiodiversity informatics. For more ranty and lessconsidered opinions, see my Twitter feed.
  • What sort of things do I blog about?
  • Rants
  • Reviews
  • Experiments
  • Grant proposals
  • NERC said NO
  • Analyses
  • Dark taxahttp://iphylo.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/dark-taxa-genbank-in-post-taxonomic.html
  • Mammals in GenBank Aus sp. Proper Linnaean names
  • Mammals Aus sp. Proper Linnaean names
  • “Invertebrates” BOLD
  • Is this a problem?
  • It’s the norm for Bacteria
  • Why blog?
  • Déjà vu
  • @cboettighttp://www.carlboettiger.info/2012/09/28/Welcome-to-my-lab-notebook.html
  • Immediate feedback(great if you are a shy attention seeker)
  • Blogs can lead to conversations
  • “Dark taxa” conversation 68 comments
  • Isn’t it vanity publishing?
  • Of course it is!
  • Isn’t any publishing?
  • Is your blog any good?
  • Does it get cited?
  • Citations to “dark taxa” blog postAn update on DNA barcoding: low species coverage and numerousunidentified sequenceshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1096-0031.2012.00408.xNo name, no gamehttp://dx.doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2012.10Ramping up biodiversity discovery via online quantum contributionshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2011.10.010Applications of Natural Language Processing in Biodiversity Sciencehttp://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/391574
  • https://twitter.com/dpsspiders/status/281094052072542208
  • What do I want for Christmas?
  • DOIs for my blog posts
  • What about peer review?
  • Watson and Crick 1953Not peer reviewed
  • Peer review as filter Submitted for publicationPhysical and/oreconomic limits onhow big a journalcan be Accept for publication
  • Filter, then publish
  • Peer review as filter Submitted for publicationPhysical and/oreconomic limits onhow big a journalcan be Accept for publication
  • …publish, then filter
  • Attention filter
  • Peer-review doesn’t guarantee science is correct
  • NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m.EST on Thursday, Dec. 2 [2010], to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.
  • A Bacterium That CanGrow by UsingArsenic Instead ofPhosphorusWolfe-Simon et al. 2010Sciencedoi:10.1126/science.1197258
  • @RosieRedfield (University of British Columbia) Lots of flim-flam, but very little reliable information … If this data was presented by a PhD student at their committee meeting, Id send them back to the bench to do more cleanup and controls.http://rrresearch.fieldofscience.com/2010/12/arsenic-associated-bacteria-nasas.html
  • https://twitter.com/ironlisa/statuses/11579028288839680
  • NASA DID NOT HYPE anything – othersdid. Credible media organizations havenot questioned NASA about any text.Bloggers and social media have.NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST onThursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology findingthat will impact the search for evidence ofextraterrestrial life.
  • Absence ofDetectable Arsenatein DNA fromArsenate-GrownGFAJ-1 CellsReaves et al. July 2012Sciencedoi:10.1126/science.1219861
  • Rebuttal in peer-reviewed literature
  • but released as preprint…
  • arXiv:1201.6643
  • …and initial concerns raised on blog
  • What’s next?
  • Science as a process will be open
  • figshare.com
  • http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.92668
  • Everything of interest will be citable (papers, data, figures, blogs)
  • http://www.altmetric.com/
  • http://impactstory.org/
  • … and that is why I blog instead of writing papers