Science as Conversation, Conversation as Science

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This slideshow supported the audience participation exercise that opened the invited speaker session with David Rothman and myself at MLA 2008 on Social Technologies.

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Science as Conversation, Conversation as Science

  1. 1. Science as Conversation, Conversation as Science PF Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan, pfa@umich.edu
  2. 2. Dialogue <ul><li>Plato & Socrates </li></ul>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Plato_Aristotle_della_Robbia_OPA_Florence.jpg
  3. 3. Early scientific literature <ul><li>Early science journals preserved discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Stenographers transcribed discussion & debate </li></ul>
  4. 4. Research as conversation <ul><li>Marshall-Gies Salivary Factor debate </li></ul>William Gies
  5. 5. Scientific publication cycle <ul><li>http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/environment/imt220/pubcycle.jpg </li></ul>
  6. 6. Garrett Lisi <ul><li>http://sifter.org/~aglisi/ </li></ul>
  7. 7. Lisi blogs <ul><li>http://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/108 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Lisi’s Theory of Everything <ul><li>http://www.arxiv.org/pdf/0711.0770 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Model of Lisi’a E8 figure
  10. 10. More about Garrett Lisi <ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/umhealthscienceslibraries/a-preliminary-forensic-exploration-of-a-scientific-social-technologies-success-the-garrett-lisi-story </li></ul>
  11. 11. Where is the scientific conversation now?
  12. 12. Where is the scientific conversation now?
  13. 13. Science Discourse & Scientific Memory <ul><li>“ We have to map the archival pathways that constitute the scientific memory . Only then will we be able to develop strategies that meld with the ongoing practice of science, instead of just cleaning up its messes.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>McCarthy, Gavan; Sherratt, Tim. Mapping Scientific Memory: 
understanding the role of record-keeping in scientific practice. Archives and Manuscripts 2 4( 1 ) May 1996, < http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/pubs/articles/gjm/mapscimem.htm> </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Information seeking as conversation <ul><li>? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Information seeking as conversation <ul><li>?>  </li></ul>
  16. 16. Information seeking as conversation <ul><li>?>  >  </li></ul>
  17. 17. Information seeking as conversation <ul><li>?>  >  >  </li></ul>
  18. 18. Information seeking as conversation <ul><li>?>  >  >  >  </li></ul>
  19. 19. Information seeking as conversation <ul><li>?>  >  >  >  >  </li></ul>
  20. 20. Information seeking as conversation <ul><li>?>  >  >  >  >  >  </li></ul>
  21. 21. Conversation now <ul><li>How do: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>social technologies facilitate conversations? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>these conversations change the nature of science, research, the academy? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>these conversations impact on libraries & archives? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>we discover where the conversations are happening? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>we become part of the important conversations? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>we remember & preserve the conversation? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where are we in the conversation? </li></ul>

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