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  • The internet – distraction or information goldmine? Both – but you have to be able to ignore the distractions to focus on the real business of science.
  • The Ivory Tower is a myth – you need to be connected to your peers, and that’s a worldwide network. Conferences don’t cut it for this communication any more.
  • Overloaded with new information – we need to deal with this in a sensible fashion… Discovery and prioritisation…
  • I don’t like Facebook for scientific interaction, doesn’t mean it’s not possibleI prefer Twitter.Twitter is not all about what celebrities had for lunch – it’s all about the network *you* build, and what you do with it
  • Interconnectedness of the people I follow on Twitter
  • a system of classification derived from the practice and method of collaborativelycreating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content
  • Stack Overflow for lots of topicsIncluding Biology, Academia etc98 sites.
  • Focus on title & DOI for searching – problem can be that news items about science often don’t reference the primary literature – can be worth using author names in conjunction with key words too (and even institutions)Check the articles themselves for added commentary

Online Communication Online Communication Presentation Transcript

  • Simon Cockell @sjcockellBioinformatics Support Unit @nclbsu Communication
  • The Internet and Science
  • Two key points
  • Isolation
  • Information
  • Social Networks are just that
  • Networks
  • Completeness Matters
  • “Facebook for Scientists”
  • “Facebook for Scientists”
  • … or for the purposes of this talk…
  • “Facebook for Scientists”
  • On the (awesome) power of Twitter
  • The long tailPopularity Topic
  • The long tail „Beliebers‟Popularity Topic
  • The long tail Celebrity LunchesPopularity Topic
  • The long tail Actual useful stuffPopularity Topic
  • Need coverage to find rare variants
  • Folksonomies
  • On the Twitters this means…
  • #phdchat
  • #overlyhonestmethods
  • Tagging is useful elsewhere too
  • Social Bookmarking
  • Other networks are available…
  • Google Plus
  • Circles for Categorising People
  • Communities
  • LinkedIn
  • Groups
  • Focussed communities can have utility…
  • …though not as general social networks
  • Stack Exchange
  • Care what Google ‘says’ about you
  • Reputation Management
  • Reputation Management
  • Article commentary is often distributed
  • Places to check
  • An example
  • Google
  • F1000
  • Altmetric
  • Altmetric
  • Research Blogging
  • Research Blogging
  • Fin.