Using the social web for science?

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m collaborating on a series of articles about the future of scientific communication. For the next piece (as of this moment, very much a work in progress), we’ve taken as our (loose) theme the role of the “interactive web” (FriendFeed, Twitter, blogging, social networking) in scientific publishing, communication and in the doing of science itself.

We’re especially interested in finding real-world examples of ways that the social web has been used by scientists to initiate and/or implement collaborations, but really we’d like to hear about any cases in which Web 2.0 tools have been used in scientific communication, writ large (manuscript preparation, disseminating results shared at a conference, etc.).

I thought it would be deliciously recursive to use a blog to solicit such examples — I’ve also been posting in The Life Scientists room at FriendFeed, tweeting on Twitter, and preparing a post for the relevant forum on Nature Network.

So, if you have a scientific Web 2.0 story you’d like to share: please post a Comment here, get in touch using one of the networking systems mentioned in the last paragraph, or if you’re feeling traditional email me.


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  1. Just putting in a plug for the “Microblogging the ISMB” paper, which of course is based on FriendFeed. The ISMB FriendFeed room ( should have plenty of material for you to go on and if you want specific anecdotes about putting the paper together, Neil is probably a good author to contact.

    The cliffnotes version of the story is:
    Boys (and girls) meet Web 2.0. Boys and girls fall in love with Web 2.0. Boys and girls go crazy microblogging ISMB. Higher ups catch wind of crazy goodness and poke their heads in to say, “what’s up with this microblogging?” We say, “all your conference reeporting are belong to us.” They say, “Kids these days. Write it and submit it to PLoS.” So we did. And it was good. Moral of the story? Web 2.0 FTW!

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