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This month’s Science Online NYC (SONYC!) event takes place on Wednesday 25th January at RockefellerUniversity from 7pm EST. You can also watch online via our Livestream channel. The theme is Thinking Digital: Giving your research more reach (and making sure others can find it).

Only a fraction of the things that scientists do in the lab ever see the light of day in a formal publication. Negative data, new tools, and public data sources rarely merit an independent paper, making it tough to receive credit for your work. Even when the work leads to a paper, it can be tough to accurately credit everyone’s contributions, or make the underlying data available to the scientific community.

This month’s panel will discuss new tools like Figshare, a repository for negative data, and the ORCID author identifier, which can be used to associate any form of digital publication to your research record. It will also feature two librarians who will discuss how research libraries can help you store and share your information, and find the materials made available by others.


Mark Hahnel is the developer of Figshare.

Carol Feltes is the head librarian at RockefellerUniversity.

Cathy Nortion is the library scholar at the Biodiversity Heritage Library at Woods Hole’s Marine Biological Laboratory.

Howard Ratner is the Chief Technology Officer for Nature Publishing Group and Chair of ORCID.

The event is free to attend and includes the opportunity to meet the panelists and other attendees afterwards. If you’d like to follow the online discussion, keep an eye on the #sonyc hashtag or check back here for our write-up and Storify of the online conversations.  There’s also a SoNYC Twitter account and Facebook page where you can find information and do check out our NYC Science Communication events calendar that lists this event and others.

SA-AMNH tweet up

Science tweetups offer opportunities to mix and mingle in person with sciencey friends you may have met online and are also a chance to learn something new. Next week Scientific American are partnering with the American Museum of Natural History on a “Beyond Planet Earth” tweetup. The event will take place on Wednesday 19th January at 6pm in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. Numerous activities will be on offer; you will be able to explore the Digital Universe, the world’s largest scientifically accurate 3D atlas of the universe and will get an exclusive look at the Museum’s new exhibition, The Future of Space Exploration.

Scientific American’s editor in Chief, Mariette DiChristina whets our appetites by explaining more about the event in herblog introduction:

Caleb Scharf, Director of Columbia University’s Astrobiology Center and author ofExtrasolar Planets and the forthcoming Gravity’s Engines from Scientific American and Farrar, Straus Giroux, will reveal the tempestuous relationship between black holes and the building of stars, galaxies and planets, will speak on: “Beyond the Beyond: The Incredible Journey to Planets, Stars and Black Holes.”

The event is free and will certainly be “out of this world.”  If you are in the NYC area, make sure you don’t miss it.


You can also check out our NYC Science Communication events calendar that lists events like the SA-AMNH tweet up and others like it:


Please do leave a comment in the thread if you know of anyone else who would like to contribute to this calendar.




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