Why I blog instead of writing papers

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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
  • Why I blog instead of writing papers

    1. 1. Why I blog instead of writing papers @rdmpage http://iphylo.blogspot.com
    2. 2. FacebookTwitterBlogging
    3. 3. FacebookTwitterBlogging
    4. 4. Why blog?
    5. 5. Rants, raves (and occasionally consideredopinions) on phyloinformatics, taxonomy, andbiodiversity informatics. For more ranty and lessconsidered opinions, see my Twitter feed.
    6. 6. What sort of things do I blog about?
    7. 7. Rants
    8. 8. Reviews
    9. 9. Experiments
    10. 10. Grant proposals
    11. 11. NERC said NO
    12. 12. Analyses
    13. 13. Dark taxahttp://iphylo.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/dark-taxa-genbank-in-post-taxonomic.html
    14. 14. Mammals in GenBank Aus sp. Proper Linnaean names
    15. 15. Mammals Aus sp. Proper Linnaean names
    16. 16. “Invertebrates” BOLD
    17. 17. Is this a problem?
    18. 18. It’s the norm for Bacteria
    19. 19. Why blog?
    20. 20. Déjà vu
    21. 21. @cboettighttp://www.carlboettiger.info/2012/09/28/Welcome-to-my-lab-notebook.html
    22. 22. Immediate feedback(great if you are a shy attention seeker)
    23. 23. Blogs can lead to conversations
    24. 24. “Dark taxa” conversation 68 comments
    25. 25. Isn’t it vanity publishing?
    26. 26. Of course it is!
    27. 27. Isn’t any publishing?
    28. 28. Is your blog any good?
    29. 29. Does it get cited?
    30. 30. 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
    31. 31. https://twitter.com/dpsspiders/status/281094052072542208
    32. 32. What do I want for Christmas?
    33. 33. DOIs for my blog posts
    34. 34. What about peer review?
    35. 35. Watson and Crick 1953Not peer reviewed
    36. 36. Peer review as filter Submitted for publicationPhysical and/oreconomic limits onhow big a journalcan be Accept for publication
    37. 37. Filter, then publish
    38. 38. Peer review as filter Submitted for publicationPhysical and/oreconomic limits onhow big a journalcan be Accept for publication
    39. 39. …publish, then filter
    40. 40. Attention filter
    41. 41. Peer-review doesn’t guarantee science is correct
    42. 42. 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.
    43. 43. A Bacterium That CanGrow by UsingArsenic Instead ofPhosphorusWolfe-Simon et al. 2010Sciencedoi:10.1126/science.1197258
    44. 44. @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
    45. 45. https://twitter.com/ironlisa/statuses/11579028288839680
    46. 46. 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.
    47. 47. Absence ofDetectable Arsenatein DNA fromArsenate-GrownGFAJ-1 CellsReaves et al. July 2012Sciencedoi:10.1126/science.1219861
    48. 48. Rebuttal in peer-reviewed literature
    49. 49. but released as preprint…
    50. 50. arXiv:1201.6643
    51. 51. …and initial concerns raised on blog
    52. 52. What’s next?
    53. 53. Science as a process will be open
    54. 54. figshare.com
    55. 55. http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.92668
    56. 56. Everything of interest will be citable (papers, data, figures, blogs)
    57. 57. http://www.altmetric.com/
    58. 58. http://impactstory.org/
    59. 59. … and that is why I blog instead of writing papers

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