ScienceOnline2010: a whole lota' readin'

By Grant Jacobs 13/01/2010

Bora Zivkovic, one of the four organisers of the conference along with Anton Zuiker, Stephanie Willen Brown and David Kroll, has laid out introductory reading for the ScienceOnline2010 conference. A lot of it.

Heck, even one of the early reading lists drew this from Isis: “Holy moly! That’s like my college reading list!!”

The length of it, perhaps. The content is a lot lighter, hell even entertaining.

To make things a little easier on those following this event, I’ve listed these reading lists by topic for easy access below.

A stand-alone blog has been set up for the conference. What I’m listing below comes from there, so if you perfer to browse, wander over and browse away.

I’m not listing all of the them, just those I suspect will be better for those not attending in person. The full program for the meeting is on-line.

Some of these posts have links to other writing, others pointers to discussion threads in the ScienceOnline2010 wiki, which you’ll want to join.

Civility of discussions on the internet, in blog comment threads in particular, is a big issue, which a trio of speakers will attempt to tackle. (One of the three remarked on her blog that she wasn’t sure that the three speakers had the same idea of what civility is! Let’s hope they keep that discussion civil!) Join in the on-going discussions. (I have already.)

Take your blog to the next level. What all of us bloggers want, right? I don’t need to encourage you to this one.

Managing those citations, references… That’s one all scientists face, let alone science communicators. Not a lot of to read here, but join the discussion on the wiki.

Trust and Critical Thinking. The title says it all. There’s plenty on sound skepticism here, a subject I imagine is close to the heart of many of my readers (mine, too). There’s how to get non-scientists to question and aweigh different arguments. Good discussions in the posts linked to, too.

Visual presentation of science. Both data visualisation and, well, art. This one is a list of links to wiki discussions. (I would have like to have seen them post up examples for criticism and discussion.) I’ve given a few examples elsewhere on my blog. The topic interests me as originally I saw myself as an art student (at high school) and data visualisation is something that has always appealed to me. Bioemphemera is another source of science + art.

Citizen science projects. I’d encourage you follow on to the original post, as more are listed there in the comments including one run by our own Fabiana Kubke.

Journalism. This one has by far the longest reading list… what did you expect from writers? (See at the end of the article for the list.) There’s some great reading in there, from a wide range of people with quite different backgrounds. I’m flattered to see some of my own make the list.

Get reading…

I’d encourage people to join the wiki.

If you’re nervous about joining in the discussions, you’re welcome to speak up in the comments below, which is quieter (I know it can be a bit of a leap for first-timers). Besides I’m something of an outsider to this meeting myself! (I’m not attending it.) Commenting is open at the moment; no registration is required.

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