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Science Online NYC (SoNYC) 2 – Are scientists anti-social?

On Monday, we hosted our second installment of the monthly Science Online NYC (SoNYC) discussion series. The "topic ": for debate this month was “Are scientists antisocial when it comes to the adoption of social media and web 2.0 tools for research?” and the panel featured Arikia Millikan, James Hedges, "Jessica Mezei ":!/jmezi and Lou Woodley.

As is our usual format, following short introductory talks from the panelists, we invited attendees present in person at Rockefeller University or watching online to take part in a wider discussion. There were several key themes including the question of whether scientists are only anti-social at certain points of the research cycle because of the need to protect data and maximise publications. Post-publication, however, we’re seeing enthusiastic adoption by some scientists of Twitter, blogs and other social media tools.

You can read a selection of the tweets from the event in our Storify at the end of this post.

Blog posts about the 2nd #sonyc

Are scientists anti-social? Audrey Quinn’s overview of the evening

Are scientists anti-social? – part 1 and part 2 by Sourabh Banerjee.


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Live-streaming and video archiving

We do also live-stream each SoNYC event to give as many people as possible the chance to take part in the debate. Check out our livestream channel where the archives of the first two meetings are currently hosted.

Unfortunately, we had some tech issues with the streaming this month and so the archive has some sound issues in places. To ensure this doesn’t happen again, we’re looking for someone who would be willing to “babysit” a video camera on a tripod at the venue so that we have a back-up recording. We already have the equipment and don’t require any technical expertise, just a willingness to come along and help out, so if you’d be interested, please "get in touch. "

Finding out more

The details of next month’s event will be announced soon – keep an eye on the SoNYC twitter "account ":!/S_O_NYC for more details and/or watch the #sonyc hashtag.

If you have a suggestion for a future panel or would be interested in sponsoring one of the events, please get in touch.

This month’s Storify


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