URLs of wisdom is a round-up of interesting links about topics at the intersection of people, science and technology.
From social in silico
Recently I’ve shared the following new posts:
- Collaborative technologies – facilitating how we do work together in 5 ways
- Reflecting on my experiment to read 52 books in a year – now that I’ve reached halfway
- What does community mean when we focus on personal identity online?
- What is “emergence” in a community? I consider the similarities between quorum sensing in bacteria and how human cohorts form.
Community management and collaboration in science
- How communities make a difference – DEFRA blog about why they think community management matters – with some great quotes from community members.
Community management and leadership resources
- One of the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows, Stefanie Butland write about the value of welcoming new members to a community – and her successes using Slack to do this.
- Pair Stefanie’s post with Jono Bacon’s technical perspective on designing “on-ramps” for user participation.
- Another CEFP Fellow, Jen Davison, shares more from the recent Science of Team Science conference – this time discussing two different formats for intensive team working.
- Looking for icebreaker activities? Here are some resources.
- Overcoming the dynamics of organisational culture – discussion of a new paper
- Managing volunteers – on the different dynamics involved to working with paid team members
Community manager skillsets
- Why trolls have come to dominate discourse – “Are we willing to pay for high-quality human moderators to ensure post-publication discourse is civil, contributory, and useful? Are we willing to try new methods that address the deficiencies of v1.0 of social commenting?”
- Manufacturing civility – the moderation challenge Facebook faces: “The best they can hope for is to build a global community of communities, each policing themselves with a set of rules that are as flexible as the people they are meant to rein in.”
- Seven ways to make Twitter safe for politics
- How to stop conflict in online communities before it starts – a good summary of how to plan ahead
- A run down of social media’s effects on our mental health
- What does community mean?
- Still lives
“We develop variations on our personality depending on who is viewing, and we call these individual prints personae. Meticulously constructed and carefully exhibited, our entire portfolio of personae questions the concept of authentication, which perhaps only maintains validity when considered in light of its etymological root: We are indeed, as our thumbprint suggests, the author (Latin auctor, “originator”) of each and every one of these self-portraits. A self-portrait is not its painter. An essay is not its author. These personae, these images of ourselves that we call our selves, are only narratives.”
Science communication and open science resources
- Registration and abstract submissions are now open for the Force11 conference that I’m helping to organise in Berlin later this year. Early-bird rate is available until 31st July.
- If you were a VC investing in scholarly communications, where would you be placing bets?