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Staying Current with Science Blogs & Wikis


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Leading journals and voices in science are speaking informally about new directions and developments in research through blogs and podcasts. Wikis are being used for research communities to develop consensus views on best practices in research methodologies as well as developing shared resources. There are some excellent examples available of how these are being used to increase communication, community, and productivity in science, research, and clinical communities.

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Staying Current with Science Blogs & Wikis

  1. 1. Staying Current with Science Blogs & Wikis Patricia F. Anderson <> Health Sciences Libraries, UM May 30, 2007 © 2007 Regents of the University of Michigan. All rights reserved.
  2. 2. Science & Research on the Internet <ul><li>“ Certainly what people bring to the internet, such as their interest in science and how closely they follow scientific discoveries, shapes their online science habits.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Horrigan, John. The Internet as a Resource for News and Information about Science. November 2006. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Science & Research on the Internet <ul><li>“ These 1,000 or so science blogs provide authoritative opinions about pressing issues in science, such as evolution or climate change, or aim to engage other scientists in open and frank discussions about the scientific literature or science policy. Because of their freewheeling nature, these blogs take scientific communication to a different level.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bonetta, L. Scientists Enter the Blogosphere. Cell 129(3) 4 May 2007:443-445. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Blogs <ul><li>Blog was originally short for Web Log, and were used mostly as online equivalents of diaries, journals, or logged entries on specific topics. </li></ul><ul><li>Now blogs are used as content management systems, to create RSS feeds, inexpensive ways to design small web sites, and more. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Life in the Science Blogosphere <ul><li>North Carolina Science Blogging Conference </li></ul><ul><li>The Open Laboratory: The Best Writing on Science Blogs 2006 by Bora Zivkovic, Editor (Book) in Medicine & Science </li></ul>
  6. 6. General Science Blogs <ul><li>Method: </li></ul><ul><li>Science Blog: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. General Science Blogs <ul><li>Method: </li></ul>
  8. 8. Blogs from Science Journals & Publishers <ul><li>Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science: </li></ul><ul><li>Cold Spring Harbor Protocols: </li></ul><ul><li>New Scientist: Short Sharp Science: </li></ul><ul><li>Wall Street Journal: Health: </li></ul><ul><li>Wired Science: </li></ul><ul><li>World Science: </li></ul>
  9. 9. Blogs from Science Journals & Publishers <ul><li>Cold Spring Harbor Protocols: </li></ul>
  10. 10. Blogs from Scientists & Researchers <ul><li>A Scientist and the Web (Peter Murray Rust, Cambridge Center for Molecular Informatics): </li></ul><ul><li>Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): </li></ul><ul><li>Pharyngula (Paul Z. Myers): </li></ul><ul><li>Sandwalk, Strolling with a Skeptical Biochemist (Laurence A. Moran): </li></ul>
  11. 11. Blogs from Scientists & Researchers <ul><li>Sandwalk, Strolling with a Skeptical Biochemist (Laurence A. Moran): </li></ul>
  12. 12. More Blogs from Scientists & Researchers <ul><li>Science & Politics (Bora Zivkovic): </li></ul><ul><li>SCLin’s neuroscience blog: </li></ul><ul><li>Thus Spake Zuska (Suzanne E Franks): </li></ul><ul><li>Useful Chemistry (Jean-Claude Bradley & Students): </li></ul><ul><li>MORE: Bonetta, L. Scientists Enter the Blogosphere. Cell 129(3) 4 May 2007:443-445. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Blogs from Scientists & Researchers <ul><li>SCLin’s neuroscience blog: </li></ul>
  14. 14. Blogs from Scientists & Researchers <ul><li>NOTE: Blogging in Teaching & Education </li></ul><ul><li>Useful Chemistry (Jean-Claude Bradley & Students): </li></ul>
  15. 15. Blogs about Research <ul><li>Peer-to-Peer: </li></ul>
  16. 16. Blogs as Research <ul><li>Blogical Construction -- On blogging as a pedagogical tool in writing classrooms. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Special Topics Blogs: Genomics <ul><li>DNA direct talk: Your DNA, Your Health, Your Choices: </li></ul><ul><li>Eye on DNA: </li></ul><ul><li>Genetics and Health (Hsien Hsien Lei, Ph.D.): </li></ul><ul><li>MedBioWorld: Post-Genomics, Forging a Connection Between Research and Clinical Applications: </li></ul><ul><li>Mendel's Garden: </li></ul><ul><li>The Personal Genome, Genomics as a medical tool and lifestyle choice: </li></ul><ul><li>What's Next in Health: Category: Gene Research: </li></ul>
  18. 18. Special Topics Blogs: Genomics <ul><li>Eye on DNA: </li></ul>
  19. 19. Special Topics Blogs: Proteomics <ul><li>Genomics Proteomics: </li></ul><ul><li>, The Proteomics IT Blog: </li></ul><ul><li>Proteome Measures: </li></ul>
  20. 20. Special Topics Blogs: Proteomics <ul><li>, The Proteomics IT Blog: </li></ul>
  21. 21. Special Topics Blogs: Bioinformatics <ul><li>Biological Computations: </li></ul><ul><li>Biological Informatics: </li></ul><ul><li>Flags and Lollipops - Bioinformatics & Genomics News and Views: </li></ul><ul><li>Inforbiomatica: </li></ul><ul><li>NodalPoint (A Bioinformatics Weblog): </li></ul><ul><li>Notes from the Biomass: </li></ul><ul><li>Propellor Twist, RNA & Bioinformatics research and other interests: </li></ul>
  22. 22. Special Topics Blogs: Bioinformatics <ul><li>Notes from the Biomass: </li></ul>
  23. 23. Special Topics Blogs: Nanotechnology <ul><li>Advanced Nanotechnology (Brian Wang): </li></ul><ul><li>Foresight: Nanodot, the original nanotechnology weblog: </li></ul><ul><li>nano | public, a weblog of nanotechnology and its impact on the public (Dietram A. Scheufele): </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible Nanotechnology (World Care): </li></ul>
  24. 24. Special Topics Blogs: Nanotechnology <ul><li>Foresight: Nanodot, the original nanotechnology weblog: </li></ul>
  25. 25. Special Topics Blogs: Clinical & Health <ul><li>Blogborygmi: Grand Rounds: </li></ul><ul><li>DB’s Medical Rants: </li></ul><ul><li>Family Medicine Notes: </li></ul><ul><li>GruntDoc: </li></ul><ul><li>Living Code (Richard Gayle): </li></ul><ul><li>MedMusings (Enoch Choi, MD): </li></ul>
  26. 26. Special Topics Blogs: Clinical & Health <ul><li>DB’s Medical Rants: </li></ul>
  27. 27. Finding Blogs Like These <ul><li>BMJ: Blogs: </li></ul><ul><li>Method: </li></ul><ul><li>Nature: Blogs: </li></ul><ul><li>New Scientist: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Science & Politics: </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking Blogger Awards: </li></ul>
  28. 28. Finding Blogs Like These <ul><li>Science & Politics: </li></ul>
  29. 29. Finding Blogs Like These <ul><li> </li></ul>
  30. 30. Finding Blogs: Searching for Blogs on a Topic <ul><li>Technorati Blog Finder: Genomics: </li></ul><ul><li>Mendel's Garden #2: The Best of Genetics Blogging (By Hsien Hsien Lei, PhD): </li></ul><ul><li>Genetics and Health: Archive for the 'Featured Genetics and Health Blogs' Category (By Hsien Hsien Lei, PhD): </li></ul><ul><li>Google: Blog Search: inblogtitle:&quot;(omics OR genomics OR proteomics OR bioinformatics OR nanotechnology)&quot; </li></ul>
  31. 31. Finding Blogs: Searching Blogs for Entries or Posts <ul><li>BlogDigger: </li></ul><ul><li>Daypop: </li></ul><ul><li>Feedster: </li></ul><ul><li>FaganFinder: </li></ul><ul><li>Globe Of Blogs: </li></ul><ul><li>Google Blog Search: </li></ul><ul><li>Technorati and Technorati: Tags: </li></ul><ul><li>Ari Paparo Dot Com: Big List of Blog Search Engines: </li></ul>
  32. 32. Want Your Own Blog? <ul><li>University of Michigan: Mblog: </li></ul>
  33. 33. Wiki <ul><li>Hawaiian word for “quick” or “fast” </li></ul><ul><li>Acronym for “What I Know Is” </li></ul><ul><li>“ A website that allows visitors to add, remove, and edit content” (Wikipedia) </li></ul><ul><li>A tool for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborative document drafting and editing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rapid document prototyping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborative problem-solving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>knowledge organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>consensus building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>document version tracking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>web design and content provision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>but mostly COLLABORATION </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NOTE: A wiki is only as good as its community </li></ul>
  34. 34. Science & Research Wikis <ul><li>BioWiki: </li></ul><ul><li>BiWiki: Bingen Bioinformatics Wiki: </li></ul><ul><li>Evolving Code Wiki: </li></ul><ul><li>Fred Hutchinson Computational Proteomics Laboratory (CPL) Proteomics Repository: </li></ul><ul><li>GUS: The Genomics Unified Schema: </li></ul><ul><li>nodalpoint [nodalpoint wiki] (bioinformatics): </li></ul>
  35. 35. Science & Research Wikis <ul><li>BioWiki: </li></ul>
  36. 36. Science & Research Wikis <ul><li>Evolving Code Wiki: </li></ul>
  37. 37. Science & Research Wikis <ul><li>Fred Hutchinson Computational Proteomics Laboratory (CPL) Proteomics Repository: </li></ul>
  38. 38. Science & Research Wikis <ul><li>Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF): </li></ul><ul><li>Open Wetware: </li></ul><ul><li>Proteome Commons: </li></ul><ul><li>Science of Spectroscopy: </li></ul><ul><li>Wikiomics Bioinformatics Wiki: </li></ul><ul><li>Wise-Nano Project: </li></ul>
  39. 39. Science & Research Wikis <ul><li>Open Wetware: </li></ul>
  40. 40. Science & Research Wikis <ul><li>Proteome Commons: </li></ul>
  41. 41. Health & Clinical Wikis <ul><li>Fluwiki: </li></ul>
  42. 42. Health & Clinical Wikis <ul><li>The INSIGHT Project on Infectious & Chronic Disease: </li></ul>
  43. 43. Health & Clinical Wikis <ul><li>Medical Matters Wiki: </li></ul>
  44. 44. Health & Clinical Wikis <ul><li>Medical Matters Wiki: </li></ul>
  45. 45. Health & Clinical Wikis <ul><li>Neurodegeneration Research Wiki: </li></ul>
  46. 46. Wikis for Academic Purposes <ul><li>Useful Chemistry: </li></ul>
  47. 47. Science Wikis? <ul><li>Maybe it's like the difference between flicking acorns to bring down a house of cards, and planting acorns to bring down a mountain ... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Zhurnal Wiki: Science: </li></ul></ul>
  48. 48. Contact: <ul><li>Patricia Anderson, </li></ul>