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Personal experiences in participating in the expanding social networks for science


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The number of social networking sites available to scientists continues to grow. We are being indexed and exposed on the internet via our publications, presentations and data. We have many ways to contribute, annotate and curate, many of them as part of a growing crowdsourcing network. As one of the founders of the online ChemSpider database I was drawn into the world of social networking to participate in the discussions that were underway regarding our developing resource. As a result of my experiences in blogging, and as a result of developing collaborations and engagement with a large community of scientists, I have become very immersed in the expanding social networks for science. This presentation will provide an overview of the various types of networking and collaborative sites available to scientists and ways that I expose my scientific activities online. Many of these activities will ultimately contribute to the developing measures of me as a scientist as identified in the new world of alternative metrics.

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Personal experiences in participating in the expanding social networks for science

  1. 1. @ChemConnector and personal experiences in participating in the expanding social networks for science Antony Williams ACS Indianapolis September 9th 2013
  2. 2. The Power of Social Media
  3. 3. The Power of Social Media
  4. 4. The Power of Blogs
  5. 5. The Power of Blogs (from Sean Ekins, @collabchem)
  6. 6. Visibility Means Discoverability • Q: Does a Social Profile as a scientist matter? • You are visible, when you share your skills, experience and research activities by: • Establishing a public profile • Getting on the record • Collaborative Science • Demonstrating a skill set • Measured using “alternative metrics” • Contributing to the public peer review process • There are many ways to become “visible”
  7. 7. My entry into social media • I was NOT a follower into the world of social media • I am actually this guy… • But challenge me and I get a “little vocal”
  8. 8. Honest Questions can Disrupt…
  9. 9. Popularizing Science Fun in the Networks
  10. 10. Learning about blogging the hard way • ChemSpider was a “hobby project” • Housed in a basement and running off three servers – one bought, two built • Sensitive to weather and power stability • Went live at ACS Spring 2007 in Chicago
  11. 11. Me as a Monkey
  12. 12. Of course things have changed..
  13. 13. Social Networking 2007 vs 2013 • How many of you were on Facebook in 2007
  14. 14. The Names in 2013?
  15. 15. The Names in 2013?
  16. 16. My Online Profile Built on.. • Methods I have shared science online include: • My work on Wikipedia • My blogs • Slideshare for presentations • YouTube for videos • ChemSpider for chemistry • GoogleDocs for data • Have an opinion, participate, step out there, get busy, be productive, work hard and contribute – ChemSpider, ScientistsDB etc
  17. 17. Branding: I am ChemConnector
  18. 18. Slideshare • Slideshare to host, expose and share my presentations, publications, posters, videos •
  19. 19. March 2013
  20. 20. Social Media Feeds Itself
  21. 21. My Online Profile Shared on.. • Places I am viewable: • Online CVs • LinkedIn • Google Scholar Citations for citations • Microsoft Academic Scholar for papers • ImpactStory • Plum Analytics • Wikipedia and ScientistsDB • Search engines
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  24. 24. Blogging was a passion… • My blog is my voice • I communicate and engage the community • I ask for help, share my skills, collaborate • Blogging was my most important voice in the social network. • I committed to positions, have been very honest, challenging, invested a lot of time..
  25. 25. My primary CV is on my blog
  26. 26. My primary CV is on my blog
  27. 27. Using AltMetrics on my CV
  28. 28. LinkedIn • LinkedIn for “professionals” • Expose work history, skills, your professional interests, your memberships • Who I am linked to says a lot • Professional relationships rather than just friendships. FaceBook-it for friends
  29. 29. LinkedIn
  30. 30. Endorsements
  31. 31. ScientistsDB
  32. 32. Google Scholar
  33. 33. I Manage My Publications Publicly • My publications/slides/videos are my CV on • My Blog • On LinkedIn • On SlideShare • On Researchgate • On
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  36. 36. Mendeley
  37. 37. Twitter • Greatest value for me – bite-sized nuggets into information of interest • Lead people to information I wish to share including my posts, my activities • Faster responses than email commonly!
  38. 38. Sharing Science • I became a community contributor to science • Shared my expertise in the new world of open • Share your Figures • Contribute to Wikis – Wikipedia and others • Participated in Open Notebook Science • Build tools and platforms to support chemists • Shared my data, curated data, helped others • Had “some fun” along the way…
  39. 39. Popularizing Science Fun in the Networks
  40. 40. Popularizing Science Fun in the Networks
  41. 41. My shifting interests… • My personal interests have shifted to HELPING young scientists to: • Build their profile • Expose their science online • Contribute to open science • Facilitate data exchange • Participate in crowdsourcing and contribution • Have them understand the developing metrics
  42. 42. Scientists are “Quantified” • We are quantified • Stats are gathered and analyzed • Employers can find them, tenure will depend on them and these already happen without your participation • Scientists Impact Factors, H-index and many other variants.
  43. 43. How I am Quantified…
  44. 44. How I am Quantified…
  45. 45. The Alt-Metrics Manifesto
  46. 46. PLoS Article
  47. 47. AltMetrics via Plum Analytics
  48. 48. Usage, Citations, Social Media…
  49. 49. Detailed Usage Statistics
  50. 50. Encouraging Participation with Rewards and RECOGNITION
  51. 51. ChemSpider SyntheticPages
  52. 52. Exposure
  53. 53. Rewards and Recognition Congratulations! Your 1st CSSP article has been published. Philosopher Lao Tzu said “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. In the same way we hope that this will be the first of many submissions that you make to CSSP. The First Step badge is awarded when a user submits (& has published) their 1st CSSP article.
  54. 54. Where we are now…
  55. 55. My views of the future • “Altmetrics” is going to be big • Scientists, and especially young scientists, can “get in early” and build reputation • It takes effort driven by participation…
  56. 56. • Persistent unique digital identifier • Integrates to workflows such as manuscript and grant submission • Supports automated linkages with your professional activities Enabled by
  57. 57. My experiences in social media • I was able to communicate AND demonstrate my skills, expertise, passion, drive and intention by blogging and sharing • I have “connected” with some incredibly collaborative people • Like-mindedness “out there” is a great feeling • I blog far less today than I used to…time commitment can be very large • “Twitter makes no sense”…until I did it • LinkedIn is THE professional networking tool
  58. 58. Thank You Email: Twitter: ChemConnector Personal Blog: SLIDES: