Pikas Sla07 Physicists Uses Of Blogs

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Pikas Sla07 Physicists Uses Of Blogs

  1. 1. Physicists’ Uses of Blogs Christina K. Pikas SLA PAM Physics Roundtable June 5, 2007
  2. 2. Note: No faculty liaison talk! <ul><li>Report from the first Science Blogging Conference </li></ul><ul><li>State of the Physics Blogosphere </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post-2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My upcoming study </li></ul>
  3. 3. Science Blogging Conference <ul><li>January 20, 2007 in Chapel Hill, NC </li></ul><ul><li>Topics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging for the benefit of teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promoting public understanding of science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging & controversies in science </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Results <ul><li>Series of primers/basic reviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suitable for undergrads? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suitable for us? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// tinyurl.com/yvhrca </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How k-12 teachers use blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeting content to requirements </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Next Year <ul><li>Saturday, January 19, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Topics </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Science </li></ul><ul><li>Science Journalism </li></ul><ul><li>Doing science on blogs </li></ul>
  6. 6. Physics Blogosphere Pre-2005 <ul><li>Maybe fewer than 10 active bloggers using blogging software </li></ul><ul><li>Many still blogging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Distler (2002- ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Quantum Pontiff (2003- ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not Even Wrong (2004- ) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. 2005 <ul><li>Quantum Diaries Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloggers wanted to continue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others wanted to comment? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cosmic Variance </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Mass? </li></ul>
  8. 8. After 2005 <ul><li>Maybe ~300 physicist bloggers? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trackbacks on Arxiv (http://arxiv.org/tb/recent) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many, many comments </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. My study <ul><li>How and why do scientists blog? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Qualitative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finishing by 1/08… </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Contact Information <ul><li>Christina K. Pikas, BS, MLS R.E. Gibson Library & Information Center The Johns Hopkins University </li></ul><ul><li>Applied Physics Laboratory </li></ul><ul><li>Voice  443.778.4812 (Baltimore) </li></ul><ul><li>240.228.4812 (Washington) </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail [email_address] </li></ul>

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