Sunday, January 20, 2008

Science Bloggers Conference follow-up

Yesterday I attended the North Carolina Bloggers Conference at Sigma Xi in the Research Triangle Park. It was an incredible day in every regard, excepting that the wifi sucked. Thank goodness I had the iPhone and only a somewhat sucky EDGE connection. I'm attending a follow-on session this morning at a local coffee shop so this report will be brief. I wanted to follow-up on yesterday's post on what I had hoped to experience at the conference.

My goals for the day:

#1 Find better, and earlier sources of research articles: Failed. I was pretty much already tapped into everything that was mentioned. People were high on EurekAlert, as am I, and this seems like as good of time as any to give it a shoutout. It's a wonderful one-stop location for information on the latest published research. Anyway, where my goal wasn't accomplished I did receive affirmation that I wasn't totally out of the loop. So this was a positive.

Learn more about Science 2.0: This goal was accomplished. The first session I attended was on Open-Science. Unfortunately, this session's conversation was totally about Open-Access and never got into the more interesting Science 2.0 happenings. As the day wore on though, the other aspects of Open-Science were well discussed, especially Open-Data. Unrelated to the conference, but huge for Open-Science was yesterday's announcement by Google: Google to Host Terabytes of Open-Source Science Data.

Meet some interesting people: Mission accomplished! I had more interesting conversations than I can begin to count. It was also an opportunity to meet many Twitter friends which is always fun. The conference was attended by people from all over the world, and being an unmeeting everyone had ample opportunities to join the conversations. I will discuss many of the people I met in subsequent posts.

Finally, I want to direct you to a new aggregator of blog posts on peer-reviewed research articles that was announced at the conference. If you're wanting a snap-shot of what's going on in the science blogosphere this is going to be an awesome site. The site was rushed out to premiere it yesterday, and it still has a few rough edges, for example the feed isn't working. I've registered with the site (breaking my 2008 pledge of not registering with any site not supporting OpenID). As I "attempt" to do more science blogging I'm looking forward to contributing to this site.

If you are at all into science and blogging you need to put this conference on your calendar for next year. It's on mine for sure! Now I need to get...

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