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ScienceOnline2010 – Program highlights 9

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And today, to finish with the introductions to the sessions on the Program, here is what will happen on Sunday, January 17 at 11:30am – 12:35pm:

A. Medical journalism – Walter Jessen and Karl Leif Bates

Description: It could be argued that healthcare already has a “killer app” – search. According to research by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 61% of us look online for medical information. In an age of horizontal information distribution and social networks, what sort of medical information, disinformation and misinformation does one find? How do we fight publishers of medical information that is inaccurate, misleading or wrong? Is a website sponsored by a drug company more reliable than one sponsored by a disease group? Can a University PR site be trusted? How about an M.D or Ph.D. that blogs on medicine or medical research? What about a federal agency such as the FDA or CDC? What difference does a seal of approval from the Health on the Net Foundation (HONcode) make if Google’s algorithms don’t value it? Discuss here.

B. Open Notebook Science – Jean-Claude Bradley, Steven J. Koch and Cameron Neylon

Description: The sharing of experimental data under near real-time conditions has a place in the scientific process. Some recent examples in chemistry will be detailed using social software such as blogs, wikis and public Google Spreadsheets. In one example the utility of sharing solubility measurements not available from the traditional scientific literature will be detailed. In another case work published in the peer-reviewed literature was evaluated extremely quickly by the blogosphere to resolve some controversial claims. The full sharing of experimental details was essential to resolving the issue. See here for more information on Open Notebook Science. Discuss here.

C. Online Civility and Its (Muppethugging) Discontents – Janet Stemwedel, Sheril Kirshenbaum and Dr.Isis

Description: Janet, Sheril, and Isis regularly write about the role of civility in dialog with the public and other scientists. In this session, we will discuss the definition of civility, its importance in the communication of science, and how the call to civility can be used to derail discourse. Additionally, we will discuss the importance of finding the appropriate balance of civility and tolerance for what gets labeled as incivility in reaching and engaging each other. We reserve the right to use the words “balls,” “muppethugger,” and “wackaloon,” to FWDAOTI liberally, and cannot guarantee that at least one of the moderators will not lose her junk. Discuss here.

D. Blogging the Future – The Use of Online Media in the Next Generation of Scientists – Stacy Baker

Description: Ms. Baker has changed schools (moved from Maryland to Staten Island) and the use of the Web in teaching is now an even greater part of her teaching job. She is going to come again with a new set of high school students to discuss how they use the web in the classroom. See “her site”:http://www.extremebiology.net/ and her “school’s site”:http://www.statenislandacademy.org/info/twitter.asp . Discuss here.

E. Demos

SciVee.tv – Ken Liu

Description: – publishing scientific videos on “SciVee.tv”:http://scivee.tv/
Discuss here.

Social Networking and performance evaluation in scientific centers – John Hogenesch

Description: Analysis of collaboration between scientists. Discuss here.

ScanGrants – Hope Leman

Description: “ScanGrants”:http://www.scangrants.com/ is a free, subscribable (via email or RSS) online listing of grant opportunities, prizes and scholarships in the health and life sciences and community service fields. Discuss here.

ChemSpider – Antony Williams

Description: Crowdsourced Curation of Online Chemistry Data – An Introduction to ChemSpider. Discuss here.