WK 27 - Social Media for Collaboration, Outreach and Impact

Monday, August 6, 2012: 11:30 AM-1:15 PM
F151, Oregon Convention Center
Sandra Chung, NEON, Inc.
Jacquelyn L. Gill, University of Maine
As the depth and complexity of scientific endeavors increases, research projects are necessarily becoming more collaborative and eroding the traditional boundaries between scientific disciplines. Collaborative and interdisciplinary work calls for more frequent communication and exchange between scientific disciplines and colleagues. At the same time, the rapid growth of social media and online social networks provides scientists with a powerful set of tools that can streamline scientific collaboration and discovery. Social media can also help science professionals engage the public in the process and discussion of science, both to encourage greater public science literacy and to address broader impacts and outreach requirements that accompany public research funding. In this session, examples demonstrate how social media tools support the growth of open-source and crowd-sourced resources for science, and how smart use of social media can enhance communication and education and build an online community around the pursuit of scientific knowledge. Live demonstrations and training will arm participants with the basic tools and knowledge they need to engage in this productive online community in ways that both improve the quality of scientific research and broaden its impact. Lunch will not be served, bring your own lunch!

Registration Fee: $0

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