A Preliminary Forensic Exploration of a Scientific Social Technologies Success -  The Garrett Lisi Story Patricia F. Ander...
Social Tech and Scholarly Publication <ul><li>University of Washington Libraries: Scientific Publication Cycle <http://www...
Social Tech and  Scholarly Publication <ul><li>Publishing without the academic infrastructure? </li></ul><ul><li>Problemat...
Who is Garrett Lisi? <ul><li>His homepage at Sifter.com. Photo of him at Burning Man? </li></ul>
Lisi in the news
Who is Garrett Lisi? <ul><li>Screenshot of his now famous article, posted to arXiv on November 6, 2007 </li></ul>
Lisi: An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything
What is arXiv?
The arXiv community
arXiv endorsement process
arXiv about Lisi
Citebase about Lisi
Spires about Lisi
Where does arXiv get their stuff?
HEP Reaction Data Database
HEP Statistics Playground
HEP Citation Distribution
HEP Olympics
PDG
SLAC
Who is Garrett Lisi? <ul><li>His blog at fq(x) community </li></ul>
What is fq(x)?
What is fq(x)?
Lisi posted his E8 theory in his blog at fq(x)
Lisi announced his arXiv article at fq(x)
Image of the E8 figure
Lisi in Wikipedia
Who is Garrett Lisi? <ul><li>“ Lisi received a  PhD  in physics from the  University of California, San Diego  in 1999 [3]...
Who is Garrett Lisi? <ul><li>Among other things, poster child for the power of social technologies in science. </li></ul>
More <ul><li>More links: </li></ul><ul><ul><li><http://del.icio.us/rosefirerising/lisi.garrett> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
Questions? <ul><ul><li>Contact: Patricia Anderson at pfa@umich.edu </li></ul></ul>
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On November 6, 2007, Garrett Lisi (sometimes referred to as a surfer dude) posted an article to arXiv that rocked the profession of particle physics. In this presentation we explore how social technologies empowered an important scientific voice that might have been silenced under the traditional publishing model.

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A Preliminary Forensic Exploration of a Scientific Social Technologies Success - The Garrett Lisi Story

  1. 1. A Preliminary Forensic Exploration of a Scientific Social Technologies Success - The Garrett Lisi Story Patricia F. Anderson <pfa@umich.edu> UM Health Sciences Libraries November 28, 2007 © 2007 Regents of the University of Michigan. All rights reserved.
  2. 2. Social Tech and Scholarly Publication <ul><li>University of Washington Libraries: Scientific Publication Cycle <http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/environment/imt220/pubcycle.jpg> </li></ul>
  3. 3. Social Tech and Scholarly Publication <ul><li>Publishing without the academic infrastructure? </li></ul><ul><li>Problematic </li></ul>
  4. 4. Who is Garrett Lisi? <ul><li>His homepage at Sifter.com. Photo of him at Burning Man? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Lisi in the news
  6. 6. Who is Garrett Lisi? <ul><li>Screenshot of his now famous article, posted to arXiv on November 6, 2007 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Lisi: An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything
  8. 8. What is arXiv?
  9. 9. The arXiv community
  10. 10. arXiv endorsement process
  11. 11. arXiv about Lisi
  12. 12. Citebase about Lisi
  13. 13. Spires about Lisi
  14. 14. Where does arXiv get their stuff?
  15. 15. HEP Reaction Data Database
  16. 16. HEP Statistics Playground
  17. 17. HEP Citation Distribution
  18. 18. HEP Olympics
  19. 19. PDG
  20. 20. SLAC
  21. 21. Who is Garrett Lisi? <ul><li>His blog at fq(x) community </li></ul>
  22. 22. What is fq(x)?
  23. 23. What is fq(x)?
  24. 24. Lisi posted his E8 theory in his blog at fq(x)
  25. 25. Lisi announced his arXiv article at fq(x)
  26. 26. Image of the E8 figure
  27. 27. Lisi in Wikipedia
  28. 28. Who is Garrett Lisi? <ul><li>“ Lisi received a PhD in physics from the University of California, San Diego in 1999 [3] , and is listed as a visitor at the University of Hawaii [4] , but he does not currently hold a faculty position at any university, though he received support from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics [5] and the Foundational Questions Institute . [6] He has been described as a メ surfer dude モ who is primarily employed in activities outside of physics. [7] He splits his time living in Hawaii and Lake Tahoe, Nevada.” </li></ul>
  29. 29. Who is Garrett Lisi? <ul><li>Among other things, poster child for the power of social technologies in science. </li></ul>
  30. 30. More <ul><li>More links: </li></ul><ul><ul><li><http://del.icio.us/rosefirerising/lisi.garrett> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li><http://del.icio.us/rosefirerising/science2.0> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More podcasts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li><http://www.dentalinformatics.com/> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li><http://www.dent.umich.edu/informatics/bootcamp/> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li><http://www.lib.umich.edu/hsl/podcasts/> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More slide presentations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li><http://www.slideshare.net/umhealthscienceslibraries/slideshows/> </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Questions? <ul><ul><li>Contact: Patricia Anderson at pfa@umich.edu </li></ul></ul>

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