Science Online 2010: What shall I say? #solo2010

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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. ( ). 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.


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6 Responses to Science Online 2010: What shall I say? #solo2010

  1. Duncan Hull says:

    hi peter, been thinking about this more lately, howabout getting scientists to contribute to wikipedia? Or (that’s science isn’t it?) Or some stuff from the open science summit?

  2. Martin Fenner says:

    Please talk about open data: cool examples, best practices, recommended tools, incentives for scientists, …

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  4. Peter – it was very helpful to see in more detail what you are doing with extracting chemical reaction information. Whether done automatically or more manually, once we go to the trouble of abstracting reaction information into a semantically rich format it makes sense to leverage those databases as much as possible. We’ll keep an updated list of all the formats of our Reaction Attempts here:

  5. Dan Hagon says:

    Hi Peter, I would be very interested to hear a talk about liberating chemical reactions from the literature at this year’s event. In fact anything semantics related.

  6. Phil Lord says:

    What do scientists actually want from the web? What do they care about? What is your vision for the future of Scientific communication? What could stop us from getting there?

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