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Post-Science Blogging Conference – Bora-mania contiunes unabated

Great longish article in the News and Observer on the Science Blogging Conference and on Bora.

Same article was picked up in the Charleston (SC) Post and Courier.

Nice mention of Science Blogging Conference and of the OnLine NewsHour’s work on “Pigs and Politics” on Boingboing (Thanks Xeni).

Also a bit on WRAL’s TechTalk Blog.

And a liveblog in Thai from Iteau.

At the Science Bloggers Conference

Murphey Hall is full. Folks are struggling to get on the net. The biggest problem is the UNC set up. Once on, the room is fairly well provisioned.

We’re even on schedule.

Food and set up are all fine — except that the Open Eye dropped the ball on delivering coffee. We (Brian) had to run get some from another nearby coffee shop.

Badger has a picture up already.

Did I mention that the swag bags are full of great science publications?
Bora gets things going. It was his idea to have a science blogging conference.

Then Anton announce Dr. Hunt Willard who created to first artificial human chromosome who is talking about science communications. He has amusing stories about his adventures trying to get his stories covered sanely by the press (MSM that is) and about writing OpEd pieces. (see AskBig).
Badger is IMing me with stories of digital accordions in the middle of all of this.

Props given to the Public Library of Science and various F/LOSS journals in discussion with Dr. Willard. Great discussion of scientists speaking to the public. Now a guy from Lancet asking about blogging and peer-review publishing — specifically about timing. Worries about the credibility of blogging and of scientists in the face of peer-review and citation. Will that change? Willard says no change. But he thinks that our current students who are used to real time will be the ones who bridge the two worlds. Can Lancet provide that bridge? Time frame? Willard says within three years. That soon.


Janet Stemwedel leads a discussion about how to be a blogging scientist.
[still helping folks set up their wireless. I will have learned a lot about WinDoz once this conference is over.]

Badger is amongst the many liveblogging the event. Other liveblogs and pictures at Technorati

[lunch and break outs — I exercise my garbage removal skills which are awesome if I do say so myself]

Adnaan Wasey of Online NewsHour is talking about Teaching and Science. Lea Winerman shows a section on Pig Farm Politics which has a NC angle.

How can a science blogger convert their stuff for use in teaching — what is a lesson plan? is asked by a science blogger.

Adnaan is pretending to be a wiki sorta. he is refering to a page on the wiki (linked above as teaching and science)

Is science about accuracy (as one guy here says; i think he means classical empiricism) or about the process of science through falsification or Popper’s critical rationalism or from Kuhn‘s more complex vision of “paradigm shifts.” Basically a discussion of the role of accuracy. Is accuracy the end or one of the tools that help science progress by falsification. We’re not even touching on critical science theory.

Science resources being tossed out like Science House at NCSU and Moodle and BlackBoard (which I don’t personally like) and Google Earth.

Dave Warnick recommends reading teachers’ blogs; Ouida Meyers recommends LearnNC and Dave’s tool ClassBlogmeister.

At drinks and later at dinner, we were joined by elected officials, US Representative Brad Miller (NC-13) and Chapel Hill Town Council Member Sally Greene. Miller has an interesting announcement which I have been ask not to blog just yet.

Great conference! Thanks to Anton, Bora and Brian for all their hard and good work.

Bora and Science Bloggers Conference on NPR

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Serena alerts us to Bora‘s appearance on NPR’s Market Place this morning talking about tomorrow’s Science Bloggers Conference.

LISA NAPOLI: Forget those pricey science journals. Debut your cure for cancer in a blog. From the Marketplace Innovations Desk at North Carolina Public Radio, Janet Babin reports.

JANET BABIN: More than a hundred journalists, scientists and teachers are coming to the blog conference at the University of North Carolina.

The goal is to get more people to think of blogs as a tool to communicate about science.

Bora Zivkovic helped organize the event. He says science blogs accomplish a lot.

BORA ZIVKOVIC: Debunking pseudo-science, fighting against anti-science, and science popularization. Hoping that especially kids who are online all the time will bump into science blogs and see cool stuff and get excited about science.

Zivkovic was one of the first researchers to publish data using a blog — a trend he predicts will become more popular.

Conference attendees will learn how to start a blog and how to use one to collaborate on scientific exploration.

Coming soon: Science Bloggers and Duke Tech Tuesdays

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Saturday, this Saturday Jan 20, is the Science Bloggers Conference here in Murphey Hall. There is room for one more as of this writing. Sign up or end up on the Waiting List. The folks have already signed up look great and the collection of the Best of the Science Blogs which Bora edited will be there too.

Then on Tuesday, I’ll be speaking about contributor-run digital libraries at Duke’s John Hope Franklin Center’s TechTuesdays on Tuesday January 23. We’re delaying the start of the talk from the regular TechTuesday time — starting at noon:30. The announcement is below and on the ISIS TechTuesday site. I’ll be creating a wiki entry for the talk to which you may add stuff if you like and/or you can leave comments on what I should be saying to this post.

ISIS TechTuesdays featuring Paul Jones
January 23, 2007, 12:30-1:45 PM
John Hope Franklin Center 240

Paul Jones, founder of and director of, will present “Participatory Digital Libraries – Past and Futures; the ibiblio trends,” in which he will talk about experiences and futures of Contribtor-run Digital Libraries and Digital Repositories with some particular focus on the ibiblio tends. This will be somewhat of an update of his paper “Open (source)ing the doors for contributor-run digital libraries.[PDF]” Communications of the ACM. Volume 44 , Issue 5 (May 2001). Also at or if you prefer the Japanese language version

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