In just a few short hours, I’ll be leaving for ScienceOnline2010. Rather fitting for the topic, this is an “unconference” – meaning everyone (not just physical attendees) is welcome to participate through chats, Twitter, streamed conference sessions, blogs, etc. I’m really excited for my talk (the “demo” session that I’m in is the closest thing to formal presentations that the meeting has – most of the rest of the sessions are less structured), as well as for the chance to network and hang out with so many people who share a common interest in science communication. A number of other “citizen science” people will be there, so one goal is to compare notes on all of our respective projects.
This afternoon I ran through the presentation with ODP co-leader Matt Wedel, who also happens to live just down the street from me (Mike Taylor, of course, couldn’t make it from England just for a half hour practice and critique session). Thanks to Matt’s suggestions (and Mike’s emailed suggestions about some of the slides), the whole thing is much more polished now. I’ll be posting the slides here shortly after my session on Saturday.
Although the great majority of you won’t be there in person, there are ways to participate from home. I’m in Session E (full program here), from 2 – 3:05 pm Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, January 16. This session will be livestreamed through The RTP Stream, and a chat function at that site will allow you to ask questions or add comments in realtime. For those of you who are active in SecondLife, the session will also be livestreamed onto the RTP Island. After the conclusion of the conference, most of the sessions will also be archived on the scienceinthetriangle YouTube channel – search for the hashtag #scio10. For more details on these and other ways to participate, check out Bora’s post here.
I’m hoping to get a post or two in during the conference, so stay tuned for more!