Sessions at Science Online London 2010 on Friday 3rd September

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  • How the web is changing science: A reader and author's perspective

    by Martin Rees

    At 10:15am to 10:45am, Friday 3rd September

  • "Rebooting" (aka the future of) science journalism

    by David Dobbs, Martin Robbins, Alice Bell and Ed Yong

    With many of journalism‟s institutions, traditions, and practices under fire, science journalists face a tough evolutionary challenge: How should we adapt if we‟re to take engaging, rigorous science writing into this changing environment? What traits and behaviours should we cultivate or keep, and which leave behind? What pressures and opportunities do new media forms and standards create, and how should we respond to them? How do we ensure accuracy and transparency while engaging readers? Finally, how can people who want to write well about science do all this ... and make a living? Can we be the same old animals, or must we take new forms?

    Format Panel 2.0 style: After some brief framing remarks by the moderator, each panelist will speak for 5 to 8 minutes. Halfway through the session, we‟ll open it to what we expect to be a very lively give-and-take discussion.

    At 10:45am to 11:45am, Friday 3rd September

  • From Galaxy Zoo to Zooniverse

    by Robert Simpson

    The Zooniverse is a growing collection of online citizen science projects, which allow users to collaborate and contribute to real scientific research. The galaxies, the Moon and our nearest star, the Sun, are all being inspected and classified by an army of more than 300,000 members of the public. Future targets include not only astronomy, but also topics such as papyrology, climatology and even botany.

    At 1:15pm to 2:15pm, Friday 3rd September

  • Publishing primary research data

    by Simon Hodson, Matt Cockerill, Adam Farquhar and Iain Hrynaszkiewicz

    Part 1: How can National Libraries support data sharing, citation, and (re)use? (Adam Farquhar)

    Researchers, funders, publishers, data centres, and libraries now clearly recognize the need to support data sharing, citation, and (re)use. There is a growing sense of urgency as our scholarly communications infrastructure flexes to meet new ways of doing science. But action must take place across disciplines at a national and international scale to be effective.

    The British Library is developing a strategic approach to supporting researchers who work with data. We‟ll discuss this strategy and how we are working together internationally through DataCite to provide new services that enable citation, encourage data sharing, and provide incentives to researchers.

    Part 2: Exploring the role of journals, editors, and publishers in data sharing (Iain Hrynaszkiewicz)

    Scientific data sharing has moved beyond the question of "why?", and on to the "what?", "where?" "how?" and "when?". Online journal publishing presents opportunities to publish raw data as supplementary material, and to link data deposited outside the journal to published articles. But how should we define a dataset in relation to an article, how should the two be linked, and in what format(s) should the data be made available?

    Human subjects data present unique challenges of privacy and consent, especially when considering the release of historical data. Best practice for publishing human subjects data will be discussed along with alternatives to fully open access publication.

    Furthermore, myriad domain-specific data standards are emerging, to enable machine readability, and there are calls for ownership of, and rights within, data to be waived, to ensure interoperability. To what extent should journals, editors and publishers be encouraging – or enforcing – data deposition, specific data standards, data formats and license agreements?

    Participants are encouraged to share the perspective of their field(s) of scientific research in relation to these questions.

    Part 3: Promoting an infrastructure and incentives to encourage datas haring: a JISC perspective (Simon Hodson)

    The premise of the JISC Managing Research Data Programme is that it is a good thing to share data for verification and reuse. This premise is becoming less and less contentious and numerous examples can be cited for the benefits of more open approaches to sharing research data. A vision can be presented in which data management infrastructure, planning tools, institutional and national support combine to achieve this promise. Also necessary, however, are greater credit and attribution for the sharing of research data. This presentation will describe activities being taken forward by the JISCMRD Programme to put in place a supporting infrastructure and to encourage greater recognition for researchers who publish and share data. The initiatives include projects exploring means of citing complex data and analysis, as well as projects to put sharing data at the centre of publication. Initiatives in other countries will also be considered and in this context a number of open questions remain. Participants will be asked to contribute to a discussion of these and other questions:
    What publication models will best contribute to greater levels of data sharing?
    What relationships between researchers, data repositories and publications need to be established and what needs to be done to ensure they are sustainable?
    Where are research data best curated for the long term, in institutional repositories or discipline specific data archives?

    At 1:15pm to 2:15pm, Friday 3rd September

  • Science writing and the law after BCA v Singh

    by David Allen Green

    This talk will set out the current legal landscape for science writies and blogging. It follows on from a talk given by Green at Science Online London 2009, with updates on the famous case of the British Chiropractic Association v Simon Singh.

    At 1:15pm to 2:15pm, Friday 3rd September

  • Students in the sandbox - developing professionals

    by AJCann

    Science education remains largely stuck in a didactic mode, where information is transmitted from qualified professionals to aspiring students. Ironically, because social tool adoption by practicing scientists has been slow, many people involved in delivering science education are visitors rather than residents in social spaces, and their expertise with these tools is outstripped by the students they teach. This session will start with a whistle-stop tour of the pedagogies of online education. Participants will then discuss the barriers to tool adoption, examples of best practice, and suggestions for institutional and individual advances.

    At 1:15pm to 2:15pm, Friday 3rd September

  • Connecting Scientific Resources

    by Ian Mulvany, Richard Wallis, Michael Habib and Chris Taylor

    Do you have data? Have you decided that you want to publish that data in a friendly way? Then this session is for you. Allowing your data to be linked to other data sets is an obvious way to make your data more useful, and to contribute back to the data community that you are a part of, but the mechanics of how you do that is not always so clear cut. This session will discuss just that. With experts from the publishing world, the liked data community, and scientific data services, this is a unique opportunity to get an insight into how to create linked scientific data, and what you can do with it once you have created it.

    At 2:15pm to 3:15pm, Friday 3rd September

  • I'm a scientist, Get me out of Here

    by Shane McCracken and I'm a Scientist Team

    I'm a Scientist is an innovative education programme that uses the internet to get school students talking to real live scientists. The June 2010 event was the biggest ever with 5,000 students interacting with 100 scientists. It's funded by a Society Award from the Wellcome Trust. Find out what works in the event, with live demos so you can really see how it feels to take part. We'll discuss what it is about doing it online that makes the event possible, and why, and how the things we‟ve learned could be applied to other settings.

    At 2:15pm to 3:15pm, Friday 3rd September

  • Recommendation tools for scientists

    by Jason Hoyt and Kevin Emamy

    Part 1: From search to discovery: automated recommendation of scholarly papers on citeulike (Kevin Emamy)

    Could scientist's personal paper collections be mined as a resource for others in their field? Citeulike has been running a collaborative-filter based scholarly paper recommendation system on the web for nearly a year. The system is blind to the contents of the papers it recommends and relies on the actions of the site's users to produce it's results. As a live system, it provides a unique opportunity to quantify the effectiveness of different approaches.

    This talk describes the genesis of the system, the types of filters used, results so far and plans for future approaches.

    Part 2: The role of tools in influencing behavior and policy (Jason Hoyt)

    Many would argue that Open Access & Open Science is the ideal, but is it acceptable to build search and recommendation engines that promote this ideal? Should they instead remain agnostic, i.e. deliver based solely on the content? Open discussion to follow.

    At 2:15pm to 3:15pm, Friday 3rd September

  • The health conversation on the social web: laboratory or echo chamber?

    by Justin Kerr-Stevens, Andrew Spong, Graham Steel and Erik van der Zijden

    A number of regular health conversations take place on Twitter under hashtags such as #hcsm #socpharm #RNchat and #hcsmeu which have been effective in connecting early adopters of social technologies who have an interest in the discussing health on the social web. However, is their utility plateauing? Are they managing to recruit sufficient members from all of the key stakeholder communities in the health conversation (patients, carers, healthcare professionals, providers, industry, policy makers) to merit the claim that they are truly inclusive? Are they talking to themselves, or making a substantive impact on the future of health communications? What else could they be doing?

    At 2:15pm to 3:15pm, Friday 3rd September

  • The state of science blogging?

    by Lou Woodley, Andrew Jaffe, Jennifer L. Rohn and GrrlScientist

    This conference has its roots in science blogging. The first Science Online London conference, in 2008, was devoted entirely to the medium. The panel will explore how science blogging has evolved over the years, what forms are currently most interesting, the pros and cons of blogging on your own versus blogging as part of a network, and the future for science blogging.

    At 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Friday 3rd September

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