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Creating scientists in 140 characters | Sci-Ed

Creating scientists in 140 characters | Sci-Ed | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
The use of twitter in a science classroom. John Romano's students watch the documentary "Inside Nature's Giants" and discuss it via hashtag.
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Quote: "As a high school science teacher I am constantly looking for new tools to improve my students’ education. The most recent addition to my educational toolbox is live-tweeting. High school students are adept at using smartphones and teachers typically struggle to prevent the use of this technology in class, but the effectiveness of such policies is slim when they are outnumbered 25:1. So I decided to invoke the age old adage “If you can’t beat em’, join ‘em,” and introduce Twitter into my classroom. "

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Social Media for Scientists Part 1: It’s Our Job | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network

Social Media for Scientists Part 1: It’s Our Job | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
Scientists. We're an enigmatic group of people. On the one hand, we are trailblazers. We're the innovators and inventors whose job it is, quite literally, to ...
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Alan Alda: 

“if scientists could communicate more in their own voices—in a familiar tone, with a less specialized vocabulary—would a wide range of people understand them better? Would their work be better understood by the general public, policy-makers, funders, and, even in some cases, other scientists?”
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Social Media for Scientists Part 4: On The Road | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network

Social Media for Scientists Part 4: On The Road | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
A couple weeks ago, I braved the freezing north to speak at the University of Washington for a workshop focusing on Social Media for Scientists. The ...
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Using social media for communicating science | Oxford Sparks

Using social media for communicating science | Oxford Sparks | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
Top Ten Tips: Using social media for communicating science
(Download as pdf)

Don’t use acronyms, technical jargon, or Oxford speak (e.g. “Hilary Term”). Instead, write your posts in lay English and always check your spelling.
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Don’t use acronyms, technical jargon, or Oxford speak (e.g. “Hilary Term”). Instead, write your posts in lay English and always check your spelling.

Follow your peers (e.g. internal and external to your department/division/university, patient groups, journalists, news feeds, policy makers etc.) and check what they are doing.

Shorten web-links using bitly (or similar). This keeps posts easy to read and will allow you to analyse how many people click your links. Always check your links work before posting.

Make posts interesting and engaging by asking questions, surveying opinions, including images/video/blog posts (not just text). Surprise your audience or make them laugh. Give them something they will want to share or talk about. And remember that social media is social. Interact, don't just broadcast!

Be prepared to post content frequently. For Facebook it is acceptable to post at least every few days, but for Twitter you should aim to post at least daily. It is better not to start an account, than to have an inactive account. However, avoid over-posting.

Consider setting up new ‘professional’ accounts rather than using existing personal ones.

On Twitter, use hashtags (e.g. #OxfordSparks), to involve yourself in conversation threads. Avoid using more than one or two hashtags in any post.

Share interesting content, but make sure you’ve checked the original source first. On Twitter, it is standard etiquette to retweet original content. You can click the ‘retweet’ button or quote a tweet. If you quote, start your tweet with RT (retweet). If you change it when you quote, then start your tweet with MT (modified tweet).

Investigate different types of social media - blogging, image sharing etc - to see where those you want to engage with are active. Remember it is only one means of communication. Don’t rely on your social media presence alone to get the word out, but use it as part of a suite of communication tools (e.g. website, newsletters, etc.).

Acknowledge funders, sponsors, collaborators etc. (e.g. on Twitter: @NERCscience).

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Citation Index and Scientists Popularity on Social Media: A Kardashian resolution

Citation Index and Scientists Popularity on Social Media: A Kardashian resolution | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it

The Kardashian index: a measure of discrepant social media profile for scientists.

 

<<In the era of social media there are now many different ways that a scientist can build their public profile; the publication of high-quality scientific papers being just one. While social media is a valuable tool for outreach and the sharing of ideas, there is a danger that this form of communication is gaining too high a value and that we are losing sight of key metrics of scientific value, such as citation indices. To help quantify this, I propose the ‘Kardashian Index’, a measure of discrepancy between a scientist’s social media profile and publication record based on the direct comparison of numbers of citations and Twitter followers.>>

 

Illustration taken from: 

http://kariobrien.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/science-social-media-graphics-11.jpg

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"The Kardashian index: a measure of discrepant social media profile for scientists" is an article published by genome scientist Neil Hall in the Genome Biology journal.


The paper, where Hall proposes a measure called the K-index to compare a scientist's number of citations to his or her number of Twitter followers, started a controversy now being talked about in several publications like Smithsonian Magazine and Discovery


http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-scientists-social-media-and-kardashians-collide-180952255/?no-ist


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/seriouslyscience/2014/08/11/kardashian-index-measure-discrepant-social-media-profile-scientists/#.VBhuHC5dUcs

 

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/comment/opinion/kardashian-index-the-academics-famous-just-for-being-famous/2015070.article

 

My heartfelt thanks to Social Media consultant Maria Andrade for letting me know about Neil Hall's article.

 

 

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Marketing for Scientists | Gobbledygook

Marketing for Scientists | Gobbledygook | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it

Scientists may feel uncomfortable about marketing their work, but we all are doing it already. We know that giving a presentation at a key meeting can be a boost for our career, and we know about the importance of maintaing an academic homepage listing our research interests and publications. And people reading this blog will understand that a science blog can be a powerful marketing tool.

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What Twitter Changes Might Mean for Academics

What Twitter Changes Might Mean for Academics | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it

“ Twitter’s earnings last quarter, after all, were an improvement on the period before, and it added 14 million new users for a total of 255 million. The thing is: Its users are less active than they once were. Twitter says these changes reflect a more streamlined experience, but we have a different theory: Twitter is entering its twilight.” 

 

"In light of these predictions, it’s not surprising that Twitter is contemplating some big changes to how it handles content and discourse. Twitter has always been notable for avoiding the algorithmic approach favored by Facebook and other social media. The hierarchy of information on Twitter is clear: the most recent tweets are always at the top, and when you log in to your timeline, the majority of your attention is focused on a constantly refreshing portrait of the moment. Content that is regularly retweeted by people you follow is more likely to appear in any time snapshot you view, and thus retweets are a way of maintaining visibility even as the hierarchy stays time-based."

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Designing a Personal Knowledgebase

"Since so much knowledge is now digital, there is no shortage of material from which I can learn. On the contrary, I’m usually drowning in too much information. But that’s a discussion for another day. For me, right now, the major problem is that I lack an easy and effective system for capturing and recording my learning. My memory alone will not suffice. What I need is a personal knowledgebase, which I define as an external, integrated digital repository for the things I learn and the resources from which they come.


Many have tried to solve the problem I’m encountering now, and numerous digital solutions exist. Some of the most popular options include Evernote, Devonthink, and Voodoo Pad. Over the course of my graduate studies, I’ve tried many of these programs, but all have fallen short of what I really need, given my own workflow."


Via Howard Rheingold
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Informative post from @Howard Rheingold

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We live in an age where information is all around us, all of the time. Sometimes we seek it out, other times it comes to us, uninvited. The only way we can learn from and apply this information (actionable knowledge) is by having the tools and know-how to be able to sort, sense, filter, organise and ultimately retrieve this information within a context where it can be applied.

 

There are lots of tools out there that can help us (I use Evernote, Mindjet Mindmapping, Social Bookmarking and Blogging as my core tools), but I haven't yet found the El Dorado of a single tool/application/software that can do it all. This article from Alex provides an outline specification of the ideal system. An opportunity for an entrepreneur - perhaps, to satisfy what I think is a growing need amongst most people grappling with the information torrent.

 

Reading time: 20mins

Crystal Renfro's curator insight, September 8, 2014 2:48 PM

This individual does a very detailed job both describing his workflow and what he would like to find in a one-stop shop tool.  All the myriad of comments opens a new flood of tools and ideas to consider.  It reiterates my belief that building interfaces between powerful tools that achieve different purposes may be the way to go... it goes back to what docear.com is trying to do.... the downside is that interfaces break very easily as different apps upgrade their products and thus makes the interface unstable.

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Social Media for Science Communication: Scientific Communication Decalogue / Comunicar la Ciencia a través de las redes sociales: Decálogo de la Comunicación Científica

Social Media for Science Communication: Scientific Communication Decalogue / Comunicar la Ciencia a través de las redes sociales: Decálogo de la Comunicación Científica | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
Science communication is changing: scientific research is reaching to a wider range of recipients through other channels different to the exiting traditional ones thanks to more varied and innovati...
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How quickly data is generated in social media networks. Click & See it.

How quickly data is generated in social media networks. Click & See it. | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
From tweets to likes, see how fast data is generated every second on the internet in this interactive visualization.
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When data means money, eh?

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Is it your duty to communicate your science?

Is it your duty to communicate your science? | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
Ekbal Hussain:"I believe that we as scientists have a responsibility to communicate our science to non-scientists. I also believe that we need to inspire and enthuse young people to become more curious about science and the world around them. 

To this end, I run outreach activities focused on tectonics and building stability during earthquakes. I have also volunteered my time to teach children about fossils, rocks and Earth history."

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Social Networking Sites & Social Science Research Project

Social Networking Sites & Social Science Research Project | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
The UCL Social Networking & Social Science Research Project aims to understand the implications of social media use for humankind and society.
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A Scientist's Guide To Social Media | Science Careers

A Scientist's Guide To Social Media | Science Careers | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
Social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter can be intimidating for introverted scientists—all that interaction, 24/7. But actually, online communities are perfect for people who want to cogitate before they comment. Social networks also give extroverts a channel for real-time global intercommunication. No matter your personality type, career advisors recommend that postdocs use online networking tools to make connections, exchange scientific ideas, and advance a career. This guide is designed to nudge reluctant networkers to get started with an online professional profile and help social media experts get even more out of social networking.
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Network for young scientists to launch in Latin America - SciDev.Net

Network for young scientists to launch in Latin America - SciDev.Net | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
The network will help young scientists communicate and engage with policymakers, the World Science Forum has heard.
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The World Association of Young Scientists (WAYS) is planning to launch a Latin American network in April 2014. This is a very interesting inicitiative.

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Social Media for Scientists Part 2: You Do Have Time. | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network

Social Media for Scientists Part 2: You Do Have Time. | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
If you look at the comments on my last post, it seems like everyone agrees that scientists should be more active online. But when I gave ...
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Social Media For Scientists Part 3: Win-Win | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network

Social Media For Scientists Part 3: Win-Win | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
I confidently believe that increasing the use of social media for outreach by scientists will positively affect how the public views and understands science. I stand ...
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Social Media For Scientists Part 5: It’s Time To e-Volve | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network

Social Media For Scientists Part 5: It’s Time To e-Volve | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
If you follow this blog closely, you know I have a strong opinion on the use of new media platforms for science communication. Well, in the ...
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Net Smart | The MIT Press

Net Smart | The MIT Press | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it

Like it or not, knowing how to make use of online tools without being overloaded with too much information is an essential ingredient to personal success in the twenty-first century. But how can we use digital media so that they make us empowered participants rather than passive receivers, grounded, well-rounded people rather than multitasking basket cases? In Net Smart, cyberculture expert Howard Rheingold shows us how to use social media intelligently, humanely, and, above all, mindfully.

 

Mindful use of digital media means thinking about what we are doing, cultivating an ongoing inner inquiry into how we want to spend our time. Rheingold outlines five fundamental digital literacies, online skills that will help us do this: attention, participation, collaboration, critical consumption of information (or “crap detection”), and network smarts. He explains how attention works, and how we can use our attention to focus on the tiny relevant portion of the incoming tsunami of information. He describes the quality of participation that empowers the best of the bloggers, netizens, tweeters, and other online community participants; he examines how successful online collaborative enterprises contribute new knowledge to the world in new ways; and he teaches us a lesson on networks and network building.

 

Rheingold points out that there is a bigger social issue at work in digital literacy, one that goes beyond personal empowerment. If we combine our individual efforts wisely, it could produce a more thoughtful society: countless small acts like publishing a Web page or sharing a link could add up to a public good that enriches everybody.

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Howard Rheingold´s Net Smart is one of the best guides around for how to smartly navigate in the stream of data produced by the web and social media platforms. I am very happy to have taken classes with Howard, I have learned tons of useful things with him.

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Social Media for Scientists Part 2.5: Breaking Stereotypes | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network

Social Media for Scientists Part 2.5: Breaking Stereotypes | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
Ok, I swear I will get to Part 3 soon. But first, I want to comment on some of the critiques of my article.

There are ...
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The value and use of social media as communication tool in the plant sciences

The value and use of social media as communication tool in the plant sciences | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
Social media now complements many parts of our lives. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many other social networking sites allow users to share and interact with online content and to connect with like-minded people.
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Ten Simple Rules of Live Tweeting at Scientific Conferences

Ten Simple Rules of Live Tweeting at Scientific Conferences | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it

"The power of mobile communications has increased dramatically in recent years such that these devices (smartphone or tablet computer) can be used productively to do science. The software applications installed on them do not necessarily have to be specialized to be useful for science, e.g., Evernote can be used as an electronic lab notebook.  Twitter is a popular microblogging platform famously limited to messages of up to 140 characters and represents a simple way to express what's on your mind to a global audience of followers. Twitter has useful real-world scientific applications, such as in disease surveillance enabling the tracking of disease pandemics, as well as the capacity to be used for the communication of science itself. Like other professionals, scientists are increasingly tweeting about their own research and the work of colleagues and sharing links to scholarly publications, laboratory results, and related scientific content such as molecular structures. Twitter can additionally serve as a catalyst in the development of scientific tools, with at least one mobile app for science coming directly out of a tweet at a scientific conference."


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For this to be more effective scientists will have to also learn few tricks and tips from journalists. 

Here are some useful links:

http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/live-digital-reporting-10-tips-for-journalists-and-news-outlets/s2/a549951/

http://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/suggestions-but-not-standards-for-live-tweeting/

http://www.poynter.org/how-tos/journalism-education/181255/how-journalism-educators-can-teach-students-to-live-tweet-campus-events/

http://blog.newswhip.com/index.php/2014/03/8-top-twitter-journalism-tips

http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/infographic-tips-and-advice-for-mobile-journalism-/s2/a557180/

 

 

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Bringing Astronomy Beyond the Doorstep of Social Media

Faster and more engaging than traditional media, social media gives control to individuals, who can turn into highly trusted and almost real time sources of inf
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Sharing Science Research in the Age of Social Media | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Sharing Science Research in the Age of Social Media | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
In the Facebook age, it’s increasingly clear that scientific research and innovation simply can’t be relegated to the informational vacuums or institutional silos of yore. Long ...
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Is there a social media for mathematicians? I think there is one. It is called "MathOverflow"

Is there a social media for mathematicians? I think there is one. It is called "MathOverflow" | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it

MathOverflow is an interactive mathematics website, which serves both as a collaborative blog and an online community of mathematicians. It allows users to ask questions, submit answers, and rate both, all while getting merit points for their activities. It is a part of the Stack Exchange Network.The website was started by Berkeley graduate students and postdocs Anton Geraschenko, David Zureick-Brown, and Scott Morrison on 28 September 2009.[1] The hosting was supported by Ravi Vakil. Some people however don't like to be in Mathoverflow like the Accidental Mathematician.


 http://ilaba.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/why-im-not-on-mathoverflow/

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How to use social media for science — 3 views

How to use social media for science — 3 views | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
Tips from science and journalism pros at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting
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Messages of the presenters on a panel called Engaging with Social Media at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
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PLOS ONE: How Academic Biologists and Physicists View Science Outreach

PLOS ONE: How Academic Biologists and Physicists View Science Outreach | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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Scientists Need Their Own Social Network

Scientists Need Their Own Social Network | Social media for scientists | Scoop.it

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"And ResearchGate claims to be it"

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This entry is a podcast with Ijad Madisch (virologist at Harvard) cofounder of ReaserchGate conducted by Steven Cherry for IEEE Spectrum’s “Techwise Conversations.”

 

Ijad Madisch: "The profile on ResearchGate consists of the most important things related to the scientist’s work: their publications, their contributions, the questions they’re answering, which institutions they’ve visited, which skills they have, and all these different things, which makes it easier for others to find other scientists with interests they need for their research. They have a chance to show all these different skills, publications, their research institution CV—everything that they have done in their research lives, they can present on ResearchGate, and this is very important in order to get in touch with other scientists."

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