Help me make the most of an opportunity.

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That means I’ve got about a week to put together a 30-40 minute talk. I won’t have any trouble filling up the time, of course — the real problem is what NOT to present. I aim to use the web instead of powerpoint, by creating a series of bookmarks that I can open in browser tabs (or from a History sidebar; haven’t decided) and move through those like slides. I plan to follow the basic format of my old essays: we’re all familiar with Free/Open Source software, the NIH just mandated a kind of Open Access so here’s what that means and what that can do, and what else can be Open? leading into Open Data, Open Standards/semantic web, Open Licensing — in short, Open Science.
The Berglund Center is affiliated with Pacific University, a “a small, private university with a blend of liberal arts, education and health care”. I attended the Center’s Summer Institute this year at the kind invitation of the director, Jeffrey Barlow, after he read Mitch Waldrop’s “Science 2.0” article and noticed that I was local. (Sadly, I could only attend one day, but it was both fun and productive. The whole thing was also filmed, so I’ll make a note when the footage and transcripts are available.)
Pacific U’s College of Arts and Sciences includes schools of biology, bioinformatics and chemistry, and all three strongly encourage undergraduate research. I hope to tailor the presentation somewhat in the hope of getting faculty in these schools enthused about Open Access and Open Science.
So, my question to you dear LazyWeb, is essentially: what should I present? What are the basic, must-know tools and ideas of Open Science? How can I best introduce the possibilities of Open-ness to faculty and students at a small liberal arts college? Who has given really good presentations from which I can swipe ideas? I have an opportunity here to expand the Open Science community; help me make the most of it.

Update 080909: the slides — after a suggestion from John Dupuis, I ended up using Google Presentations — are here, and I’ll post when the video becomes available.

5 thoughts on “Help me make the most of an opportunity.

  1. OA journals: BMJ and PLoS, perhaps showing some comments/ratings/trackbacks on a PLoS ONE paper (perhaps one of the Journal Club papers).
    Blogs:, a couple of independent good ones. Perhaps a couple of examples of original research published on a blog and examples of a blog post getting cited.
    Social networks: Nature Network and a couple of others that you like. Perhaps also something like iNaturalist.
    Reference managers: CiteULike, Connotea
    Second Life: show how Jean-Claude uses it to “dock” molecules
    Open Notebook Science: Jean-Claude’s wiki.
    Things like GeneWiki,

  2. You know, you might talk with Jessamyn West (, who speaks on this sort of topic from the library side of things. She also does non-powerpoint, browser-based “slides” for her presentations that are simply html–very nice and clean.

  3. Can’t be of much help with the details, but don’t forget giving them the big message: Science is the mother of all progress. Its internal workings and its embedding into our societies need to work optimally in order for us to be able to cope with challenges the future might bring.

  4. Savannah, I’d thought of pestering Dorothea Salo and Heather Morrison, maybe Dean Giustini and Christina Pikas — all repository/library types — but had not thought of Jessamyn. Gracias.
    Bee, that’s very helpful — I am planning out the talk and already getting bogged down in details. This is exactly the kind of audience who will want to think about the big picture and science-in-society, so it’s good for me to be reminded of that.

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