Typed into Arcturus
I’ve been invited (and accepted) to talk at Science Online 2010 (#solo2010). In previous years this was called “Science Blogging” and I’m currently wearing the T-shirt from one such. And they were held in the Royal Institution where you could lecture from the same place as Michael Faraday and Lawrence Bragg.
This year it’s in the British Library.
Recently Duncan Hull has highlighted that I am the only scientist. (http://duncan.hull.name/2010/07/26/solo10/ ). This has caught traction in the twittersphere. Help!
What shall I do? I had probably planned to talk about how to make science data Open. That’s my current rage. Should I change? Should I try to carry out some research before the meeting? Should I try to crowdsource some research before the meeting. Should I (like Lawrence Bragg) demonstrate a soap-bubble raft. (I don’t think the BL would like me bringing Bunsen burners into their hallowed racks.
Seriously – is there any exciting and new we could communally do before in the next month? My guess it would have to be in the area of data-driven chemistry. I was talking with Jean-Claude Bradley at breakfast about liberating chemical reactions from the literature. There will be new science in that. Not world-shattering, but worthy.