Posts Tagged ‘science communication’

#Sciopartners Continued: Conference Connections For Life Science Bloggers And Companies

#Sciopartners Continued: Conference Connections For Life Science Bloggers And Companies

My recent trip to the ScienceOnline conference to make the #Sciopartners presentation was cut short due to travel difficulties and I didn’t get to meet as many of the attendees as I would have liked to. I started thinking about how I’ve made connections with bloggers outside of that meeting in the past, and Tweetups, etc. at other life science conferences have helped a lot. I had an ‘aha’ moment shortly after these neurons fired and realized we could be a conduit for life science bloggers and companies to meet. The fact that communication is moving online makes in person meetings all the more valuable for maintaining relationships. Media shifts bring opportunities for both bloggers and companies to work together to advance scientific research. We created two word clouds for this post’s image based on these two partners’ online content, with the largest words representing the most popular topics. For the word cloud on the left in black, we used content from 4 major life science company websites: Sigma Aldrich, Life Technologies, Bio-Rad, Affymetrix, and New England Biolabs. The right word cloud in white is from Researchblogging and represents the topics written about there. Like any partnership, the two halves […]

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Who’s Talking About ScienceOnline? Interactive Map Of 1000 #Scio13 Twitterers

View Larger Map We’re a big fan of ScienceOnline, the yearly conference which brings together bloggers, journalists, educators, and anyone interested in the great science that is being done online. With the help of some other enthusiasts in Southern California, we are forming a local chapter and will host some events in conjunction with the San Diego Biotechnology Network (follow @sciosocal for updates). We wanted to find local Twitterers who might be interested in this endeavor, and analyzed around 5300 Tweets from about 1300 people using the hashtag since December of last year (even though the conference does not take place until January 2013, the hashtag is used to continue the conversation year round). We were able to find and map the location of a little over 1000 of the Twitterers, and they are shown in the interactive map (see a little more ‘how to’ information here). View the map on Google to see an alphabetized list as well. Each person Tweeted #scio13 at least once, and since we’re just over 1000 people, the limit for Google Maps, you can download the KML file and view it on Google Earth if you’d like to see the last few (sorry Z’s!). […]

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Where Are The Science Communicators? Interactive Map of 1000+ #SciComm Twitterers

View Larger Map In anticipation of our science communication event this month, we’ve been thinking about the topic which is discussed using the #SciComm hashtag on Twitter. We started looking at more than 5000 Twitter status updates tagged with #SciComm from the last nine months and found that the group is scientifically diverse but singular in their passion to improve the way information is exchanged. Because #SciComm is not a high volume hashtag, commercial tools to find users aren’t sufficient, so we looked to our own data and some publicly available tools. We created an interactive map of 1000+ Twitterers using the #SciComm hashtag and present the some of the data here. We used the Google Maps API and Yahoo Pipes to create what’s called a KML (Keyhole Markup Language, a type of XML) file from the biographies of every Twitterer who has used the #SciComm hashtag since last June, and this was used to generate the interactive map. We’ve tried in the past to follow Twitterer locations using the geotags on the status updates, but only a small percentage of people use them, so they were not efficacious. The data needed to be manipulated a bit more to provide […]

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New Media Science Communication, What’s Working? Our #EB2012 Event Will Highlight #SciComm Successes

We were thrilled when the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology asked us to host an event with them during the Experimental Biology (#EB2012) conference this month in San Diego, see descriptions of it on the SDBN blog and ASBMB website. The event will focus on improving science communication (#SciComm), and as you know we’re big proponents of using new media towards this end. We’ve seen some spectacular examples of scientists and organizations using new tools to reach their peers, the public, and even to get funding. Here, we highlight great examples of new media science communication, and invite those who will be attending the #EB2012 event (#EB2012Tweetup) to share their own stories. #IAmScience. Kevin Zelnio, a freelance science writer who blogs for the DeepSeaNews and Scientific American, started a meme on Twitter around non-traditional paths to becoming a scientist. He found that many scientists described surprisingly diverse paths to becoming a scientist, fueled by passion more than genius (see the video of the Tweets). He thought that the collected stories would make a great resource to personalize scientists and encourage those who are intimidated because they see a scientific career as a ‘one size fits all’ endeavor. He […]

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