ScioDC #18: Data Storage, Archiving, and Sharing

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We have officially entered the era of big data. According to one study, Americans now use more than 18 megabytes of online data every minute! For those in the scientific community, this trend extends to the laboratory, where an equally staggering amount of data is generated on a daily basis, ranging from time-lapse microscopy videos to genomic sequencing information to collection of climate data. How can this information be properly archived? Once archived, how can it be retrieved and shared in a timely and efficient manner? Who should have access to this data?

Join us at the next ScioDC event on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 6:00 PM for an in-depth discussion of data storage and archiving. We know firsthand the heartache of not backing up your livestreams. We will be joined by a panel of experts who deal with these issues as part of their daily jobs:

  • Jane Mandelbaum and David Brunton, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Library of Congress
  • Jeanne Behnke, Deputy Project Manager/Operations, NASA
  • Camille Salas, Digital Archive Product Owner, Research, Archives & Data Strategy, National Public Radio (NPR)
  • Will Boyd, Full Stack Developer, Research, Archives & Data Strategy, National Public Radio (NPR)
  • Dan Valen, Product Specialist, figshare

As always, we at ScioDC are all about open discussion, so come ready to be part of the conversation!

Agenda:

  • 5:30 Gather for food and mingling at the American Chemical Society
  • 6:00 Discussion starts
  • 7:30 It’s a wrap!

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ScioDC #17- Pre-prints, embargoes, and science publishing

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Within the past decade, a new trend has emerged to challenge the traditional system of scientific publications. Research findings are increasingly being shared with readers directly online, bypassing the standard pathway of peer review, publication in journals, and press releases. A boon to some and a pox to others, this new approach has left unanswered several pertinent questions as to how scholarly communications will become more rapid, open, and accessible, while continuing to balance the priorities of authors, publishers, journalists, and readers.

At our next ScioDC event on Wednesday, January 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., we will discuss the intersection of pre-prints, embargoes, news releases, and journal publications, and examine how the scientific publishing industry is responding. Among some of the issues we will be discussing are:

  • What are the misunderstandings around pre-prints and the standard publication process?
  • Why are pre-prints more popular in some fields (e.g. astronomy, physics) than others?
  • Should we peer-review pre-prints? If not, how do we indicate that the research data is only preliminary?
  • What best practices should be used when publishing scientific research?

Joining us for the discussion:

  • Meagan Phelan, executive director of AAAS’s Science Press Package
  • Richard Sever, co-founder of bioRxiv

Agenda:

5:30 Gather for food and mingling at the American Chemical Society

6:00 Discussion starts

7:30 It’s a wrap!

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ScioDC #16: Crowdfunding–for science!

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ScioDC #15: Copyright and Fair Use- How to deal with scientific intellectual property online

The recap of this event is now available!

Intellectual property is one of the most challenging areas in online media today, especially for those within the scientific community. Scientific content is being used for education, branding, marketing and sharing of data, but there is a lack of clarity about what is allowed and what is forbidden. Should anything paid for by government funding be usable by anyone? Is private content shareable to the world once released online? And what exactly is “fair use”?

At our next ScioDC event on Wednesday, June 1, from 5:30-7:30 PM, we will explore how copyright is being used (and abused) when dealing with scientific content online. In particular, we want to examine:

  • What do science folks know (and need to know) about copyright?
  • What is fair use? How is it being applied with respect to scientific content?
  • How have other industries tackled this issue?
  • How can you tell when you can reuse something you’ve found?

To discuss these issues, we have lined up several expert panelists:

This event will be of particular interest to those in publishing and media fields. We invite anyone to come share their viewpoint as either a content creator or a user.

AGENDA:

5:30  Gather for pizza and refreshments

6:00  Discussion starts

7:30  It’s a wrap!

As always, ScioDC is free to attend. See you there!

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ScioDC #14: Videos and #SciComm, Ep. 2: Cutting Through The Noise

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Online video is experiencing explosive growth, and Mark Zuckerberg recently predicted that “the vast majority of the content that people consume online will be video” within a few years. Video has become a powerful tool for science communication, and YouTube channels like AsapSCIENCE and Vsauce are reaching millions of viewers with entertaining, educational videos about science. Everybody from teachers to TV networks are trying to launch their own successful online video series. But with more than 400 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, how do you create science videos that can cut through the noise?

To find out, come to the next ScienceOnlineDC event on Wednesday, March 30, from 5:30-7:30 PM. For this session, we’ve assembled a panel of creators that have reached millions of viewers with compelling, sharable videos about science. The panelists will share recent work, as well as lessons they’ve learned making online video content over the years. The panelists include:

  • Adam Cole, Producer/Creator of Skunk Bear – NPR
  • Adam Dylewski, Executive Producer of Reactions – American Chemical Society
  • Joss Fong, Senior Editorial Producer – Vox
  • Lauren Saks, Programming Director – PBS Digital

AGENDA:

5:30  Gather for pizza and refreshments

6:00  Discussion starts

7:30  It’s a wrap!

As always, ScioDC is free to attend. Use the link below to register. See you there!

Many thanks to our guest organizer,  Adam Dylewski (@AutoRockDC)!

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ScioDC #13: Who Are You? Anonymous Expertise

The Storify of this event is now available! Or you can watch the whole thing if you’re so inclined.

At our October gathering for ScienceOnlineDC, we talked about the power and pitfalls of being an expert and/or relying on experts in the social media universe. But how do you trust an “expert” when they’re anonymous? As an expert, are there benefits to remaining anonymous? How do you establish your credibility if you are only known to the world through your pseudonym?

Please join us, along with Chemjobber and Bethany Brookshire (aka Scicurious), on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 5:30-7:30 PM as we explore these questions about anonymous online personas.

Our two panelists have unique perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of anonymity. Chemjobber blogs about the chemistry job market. You won’t find out his identity at our event, but the duck will make an appearance via video conference. Bethany used to be known only as Scicurious but revealed her identity a few years ago. She is now a writer at Science News and Eureka! Lab.

And if you have used or currently use a pseudonym, please join in the conversation! 

AGENDA:

5:30  Gather for pizza and refreshments

6:00  Discussion starts

7:30  Wrap up and head into winter hibernation

See you there!

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ScioDC #12: Who’s an expert?

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Expert analysis and opinion are central to science communication, from peer review of research to policy development to public outreach to media reporting. And social media opens a direct channel of communication between experts and the public. But… what does it really mean to be an “expert”? In social media engagement, we are often left to define, communicate, and sometimes defend our own expertise.

At the next ScioDC, we’ll talk about the power and pitfalls of being an expert and/or relying on experts in the social media universe, such as:

  • How expertise is defined in different arenas (e.g., journalism, policy, outreach)
  • How we signal our expertise and establish credibility
  • How we identify and verify experts
  • What responsibilities we have when we present ourselves as experts
  • How we build, promote, and support diverse networks of experts

We have folks from Capitol Hill, national media outlets and local universities joining us. Hope to see you there, too! 

Thanks to our guest organizers, Gretchen Goldman (@gretchenTG) and Melissa Vaught (@biochembelle)!

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