As I catch up after ScienceOnline2010, I wanted to share a few things that I learned there.
- People love what we’re doing with this project. The response I received was nearly uniformly positive, and a number of people provided leads for future funding possibilities.
- We’re not the only folks doing open notebook science. But, it’s still a pretty small niche in the broader profession. Will it become the dominant model? Or just a toy for a few crazy individuals? Only time will tell.
- Our project is unusual among many citizen science projects in the depth to which participants are encouraged to contribute beyond data collection. We don’t want just data monkeys – we want folks who think about the process, contribute ideas, and (hopefully) help us craft the best research paper possible. Of course, we don’t think any less of you if you just want to submit data – but don’t feel limited to data entry alone if you desire more participation!
- Our project is also unusual among citizen science projects in the stated publication goals. There seems to be a sense out there (I don’t know how accurate it truly is) that many of these sorts of efforts end in a nice pile of data, but no real published results. That’s all the more incentive to bring our paper through to its logical conclusion!
I have no word yet on the YouTube video of my presentation. Did anyone catch it live?
The ODP Around the Blogosphere
We’ve got a few new links to mention. These include:
- Desafiando a Nomenklatura Científica has a short blog post on the project.
- Sarah Dowdey, writing for Discovery News, discusses the ODP as egalitarian science. The Guild of Scientific Troubadours reblogged that story.
- Andria Krewson, on the PBS blog MediaShift, gives us a brief shout-out.
- Jeremy Yoder, writing at Denim and Tweed, talks about his impressions of the ODP from his attendance at ScienceOnline2010.
- Jean-Claude Bradley, writing at Useful Chemistry, has some nice things to say about the ODP presentation at ScienceOnline2010.
If you know of any others, please feel free to post the link in the comments section.
Good luck with the paper. Our ONS solubility book has a preface to put the data into context but we’re planning a separate article for peer review.