Along with a majority of my Wired Science colleagues, I’ll be in North Carolina this weekend attending and speaking at Science Online 2011, a crazy-intense weekend that some smart person called the Bonnaroo of science blogging. SciO11 draws “scientists, students, educators, physicians, journalists, librarians, bloggers, programmers and others interested in the way the World Wide Web is changing the way science is communicated, taught and done,” in the words of the organizers — and registration this year sold out in 45 minutes. I’m privileged to be going.
Out of the packed program, here’s what I’ll be panelizing about (SciO is an unconference, so being a panelist means being a discussion leader for an engaged audience, not an academic-style PresenterGod):
Blogs as a book-writing tool, along with Sheril Kirschenbaum, author of The Science of Kissing; Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus; and Brian Switek, aka Laelaps here at WiSci, and author of Written in Stone.
How to explain science in blog posts, along with nine awesome bloggers from journalism and academia.
And, as a last-minute substitution, How can we maintain high journalism standards on the web?, with veteran journalism Paul Raeburn, currently with the Knight Science Journalism Tracker.
You can follow the chatter from SciO11 at the Twitter hashtag #scio11 or via livestream here thanks to a generous grant from the National Association of Science Writers, of which I’m proud to be a member. If you have questions or thoughts, I’d love to hear them below.
Cartoon courtesy xkcd.com