Geobloggers (and tweeters) are very social, but we often exist in our own world apart from the rest of the science bloggers. Here are some opportunities to remind the rest of the science-blogging world how cool we are:
1st: ScienceOnline 2010 is a conference devoted to science on Web 2.0 and to open-access science. This year’s version will be held January 15-17, 2010, in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. Some of the proposed sessions include “blogging (tweeting, sharing photos, etc) from the field,” “Arctic/Antarctic blogging,” and “nature blogging.” I figure geobloggers do more blogging about being wet, dirty, and exhausted in exotic places (or not-at-all-exotic places) than anyone does, so it would be a shame if those sessions are dominated by people who study squishy things. It could also be worth being involved in open access and citizen science discussions – we don’t have many open-access publishing venues, but we’re got a fantastic online community resource for teaching material (serc.carleton.edu), and GSA has gotten involved with citizen science (such as the recent graveyard project). The ScienceOnline conference might be a good place to learn about how other groups of scientists manage similar projects and resources.
2nd: The Open Lab is an anthology (published on paper, of all crazy things) of writing from science blogs. There are a number of geoblog submissions already, but there could be a lot more. I’ve been in the past two editions of this, but I told Bora not to include anything of mine this year. (January, when editing typically happens, is going to be crazy, and I’ll probably be on a blog hiatus for work-related reasons then.) So that means that someone else is going to have to speak for the rocks. You can nominate your own posts – in fact, you are encouraged to nominate your own posts. So don’t wait for other people to get their act together – if you’re happy with something you’ve written, nominate it. And if you see something you like, nominate it, as well. (But don’t waste your time nominating my stuff, because I’ve already said I won’t do it this year.)