Solo11 session suggestions

This is a cut and paste of the session suggestions from last year's Science Online London conference.

If you're looking for all the blog, photo, video and Storify coverage from the conference, you can find it here: Do add anything we might have missed!

Call for session suggestions! Wiki now open for your input

Please use this wiki to suggest sessions for the Science Online London 2011 Conference, and/or add your name in. If you want to participate in the suggested session . We are looking for a wide range of topics and are particularly interested in topics and perspectives that haven't been covered in previous years. Please help us to involve some new faces in the sessions, as well it'll help us keep Science Online London fresh, continually evolving as a conference on how the web affects research and science communication.

To submit a suggestion, you don't need to register, just click on the "edit-button" below the page. Starting June 20, we will be finalizing the program based on these suggestions. We will be using 12 session suggestions in the program, and in addition will also have keynotes, panels and workshops. Please see the programme for details of these.


1. How are wikis being used to carry out and communicate science?
Mike Peel (Wikimedia UK), Henry Scowcroft (Cancer Research UK)
And others from, e.g. &

2. National Undergraduate Bioscience Research Journal
Neil Morris (Editor-in-Chief, National Undergraduate Bioscience Research Journal), Cathy Kennedy (Oxford University Press).
Online, open access and free. Unique collaboration between UK universities and Oxford University Press (OUP) providing opportunities for the best undergraduate bioscience researchers to submit their research to a peer-reviewed journal for online publication. Journal editor uses social networking tools Twitter (@bioscihor) and Facebook to promote journal and disseminate contents. More information: Contact:||sirrom.p.n

3. Can we develop something like a in science to encourage data sharing and reuse?
Tomi Kauppinen (University of Muenster, Germany)
— see and
— contact: tomi.kauppinen (at)
— twitter: @linkedscience

4. Something on whether involving the public in science is out of scope for open science
Inspired by Walport as tweeted by Neylon at Royal Society event - could have him, someone from Royal Society and then a more PEST person like Paul Manners

Open Science means there are few barriers to prevent members of the public from accessing the research. How do open science projects consider the needs of public audiences? Do audiences and scientists alike need to develop new skills? How do we learn to judge and trust the quality of others' expertises? see

5. Young people, science and online media
For a start, get Sophia Collins (I'm a Scientist), Jonathan Sanderson (Sci Cast). Possibly also Katie ex of NESTA and Declan from RSC?

6. Something specifically on the challenges for climate scientists online.
And/ or something on FOI and science.

7. Are scientists anti-social?
I really enjoyed the NY Solo event 'are scientists anti-social' - and think it's ripe for a repetition to develop it? Have Lou Woodley who spoke there as a link, and have reps from something like Mendeley, but also ask a sociologist of science (big thing missing at that event) to talk about the issue in more general terms.

8. Using Blogs and Social networking technology to crowd source research on disease outbreaks
E.g. H1N1 flu, Scarlet Fever & German E. coli outbreaks:
Could also include PLoS Currents.
Would make sense to talk to @SCEdmunds/@GigaScience at BGI, @pathogenomenick, @MiketheMadBiol, @davidjstudholme and the Era7 team (

9. Something on the web and 'upstream' sci com
Have PLos Student bloggers from IC. Also maybe James Wilsdon.

10. The importance of offline communities in online networking
Eva Amsen
Do online communities work better if they support an existing network of people? Do offline meetups strengthen relationships formed online? Why are you at a conference about science online? The web is a great tool for sharing and networking, but many successful online projects rely on offline components such as meetups or existing professional connections. How can you use and nurture these offline communities in your online projects?
(online/offline communities interested in joining this discussion: the Node, #ukscitweetup, …who else?)
(This could perhaps be combined with suggestion 7, although I don't know much about that SoNYC session. Lou can probably judge whether it's similar.)

**11. **
Klout, PeerIndex, Stack Overflow Flair, EpicWin, FriendFeed likes, Quantified Self and Runkeeper; all these tools and more have shown that the technology to instrument all aspects of our online and offline lives is now almost trivial and increasingly commonplace. However the ready availability of data does not of itself imply that we can expect to see commensurate and hence dramatic improvements in the efficiency of the research process. That requires the we measure the right things, which probably only involves the things in the 'innermost loop', and at the same time close incentive feedback loop. So the question I'm proposing for this session is: given the instruments at our disposal, what should we be measuring? In short: what numbers should the baseball card of science contain (with apologies to @researchremix, @jasonpriem, @pgroth :))?

12. So many ways to tell a story
Bora Zivkovic (@BoraZ) and Anton Zuiker (@mistersugar)
Telling science stories can take many forms, from the brevity of Twitter to #longform essays, scientific papers and books, through data visualizations, radio and podcast audio, television and documentary video, and more. But what do we mean by "story"? Is it a narrative line or inverted pyramid, like the refrain of a song that we keep coming back to, or a drama that gets acted out in the minds of the public? Let's discuss, and share online science stories that have worked in the past year.

24. A Labwatching application (workshop)
Daniel Mietchen (@EvoMRI)
For ESOF 2012, an outreach session was proposed in which the public in Dublin would be invited to interact, on the days of the conference, with scientists as they perform their research and post their notes about it in public. However, open science allows to do such things all year round, not just on a few days a year as in most labs, and so the question arises how to design a web service that would allow the public to follow - and interact with - the research of open scientists in a way that feels more inviting than simply clicking through the lab notebooks. In this session, a few possible scenarios shall be actively explored by interacting with a number of open research notebooks and the scientists that run them.

25. Open Data Means Better Science (breakout session)

Graham Steel (@McDawg)
1) We have the Panton Principles - PMR/Cameron Neylon could introduce as they are authors.
2) The web is making life easier for scientists who want to publish their data according to the principles (and publish solely data as well) . Mark Hahnel and Daniel Mietchen introduce Figshare and Gbif. 3) Why isn't it happening widely yet? Directed discussion around cultural/technological fears/legal barriers to open data sharing from the perspective of the researcher (like the CRUK example) and how to overcome these. Discussion around ideas of what a community driven organisation with a focus on building tools for open data might offer

26. Open Science Bibliography - where can I find Open Access papers on … ? (breakout session)
Peter Murray Rust and Jenny Molloy (gro.nfko|yollom.ynnej#gro.nfko|yollom.ynnej)
Open access and Open Data are severely limited because no-one knows where to find the objects.The proposal is to create a bibliography of Open resources based primarily on academic publications from both fully open access publishers (BMC, PLoS) and hybrid journals (e.g. Springer, Wiley, Elsevier, ACS).This can be completely mechanised for the major publishers using web crawler software to give an automated bibliography of either Open papers or papers with Open resources.

This is legal as the text and data sets are not downloaded, their existence is simply recorded and a link to them is provided. This project would locate and publicize Open Access papers, even when hidden in traditional closed journals and allow metadata to be collected in CKAN (an open data hub) and Open Bibliography. The session aims to explore this idea further and take steps towards making it happen.

27. How can we promote informal open science? (breakout session)
Rosie Redfield (ac.cbu.ygolooz|dleifder#ac.cbu.ygolooz|dleifder)
One way to help the public understand science is to let them see what scientists do, but even scientists who already have blogs are very reluctant to post anything more than vague generalities about their ongoing research.I'd like to participate in a discussion of ways to encourage researchers to write much more specifically about what they are doing.

28. Science Question Time (breakout session)
Alice Bell (Imperial), Imran Khan (CaSE), Beck Smith (Biochemical Society)
Science Question Time, a regular science policy meetup and debate event in London, brings science policy to Science Online London. This is a shorter and, we hope, more lively session than most Science Question Time events, with a focus on finding the right questions science policy makers should be asking (and not necessarily expecting answers straight away).

A panel of key thinkers and policy makers in the area tell you what they think are the key questions in science and technology policy is for the year ahead. You get to tell them they are wrong (or that they are right!) and add you own questions/ challenges you think should be on the policy agenda for the next 12 months. The event will be livecast, and will be inviting comments/ further questions from the UK science policy community via twitter/ email.

APIs and LinkedData offer new opportunities for building applications based on scientific content, and a proliferation of competitions and hackdays. Chandran Honour from Nature Publishing Group and Oren Michels from Mashery will cover the difference between a Mashup and a Mashery, explain why publishers are starting to offer APIs and open the floor to developers wanting to share their experiences and ideas.

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