2017 on Social in silico

2017 was a busy year on Social in Silico – and the best one yet in terms of the number of blog posts published and the number of you reading them. Thank you for following along! Here’s a summary of some of the highlights.

***Overwhelmed by the list? I’ve put stars next to the key posts you might want to start with to get a tasting menu of the topics listed.

Gripping reading material…
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Considering Community – what do scientific communities look like?

This year I was delighted to get to know the inaugural cohort of AAAS Community Engagement Fellows – a brand new fellowship program for scientific community managers for which I’m the program director. This prompted a series of posts in which I contemplate four possible types of communities found within science. I describe the characteristics of these communities including staffing, funding and governance structures, as well as the role of a community manager in each community.

Also in the Considering Community series I explored two models for communities:

  • ***The four stages of the community lifecycle – the model shared in “Buzzing Communities” by Rich Millington explains why the role of a community manager changes depending on which stage of the community lifecycle their community is in.
  • *** The Connect-Align-Produce model –  A different model applies for social-impact communities – those where the purpose is to generate outputs for social good.

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2014 in blog posts

Happy New Year! 2014 was the first year that I made regular posts here on Social in Silico and I’m taking a moment now to review how it’s gone. You may remember that publicly sharing this blog coincided with me deciding to take a “sabbatical” to explore some of my work-related interests in more detail. Basically, I wanted to encourage myself to generate some visible outputs from the thinking and reading that I planned to do.  I hoped that this would help me to regularly gather and share my thoughts, and possibly also connect me to new people with similar interests.

Because my explorations reached into a few different (but related) directions, the remit of the blog has been reasonably broad – anything to do with online communities and the intersection of people, science and technology online. There are still a lot of things that I’ve read about that I’d like to blog – and I hope that I’ll find to time to write about these in the coming weeks – but overall, I’m reasonably pleased with my first year in my own online, public space.

So, here’s a summary of the posts from 2014, grouped broadly by topic. Thanks for reading, sharing and commenting – more to come in 2015.

URLs of wisdom

Each week in the URLs of wisdom, I round up the links that I’ve read at the intersection of people, science and technology. These have included developments with social media platforms, discussions of big data, privacy and online identity, as well as tips and resources related to science blogging.

Considering Community

This is a new series that I’ve recently started that will be occasional posts focusing specifically on community management and working with communities. Expect more of these posts in the coming weeks.

Event planning

I wrote a three-part series of posts sharing tips for organising events with different event formats (plus an extra post listing science tweetups around the world):

Thoughts from community events that I’ve participated in

Online networks – and our interactions with them

Group behaviour online

Other projects

  • My friend, Eva Amsen and I also launched MySciCareer this year – it’s a site for first-person science careers stories. We’re always looking for more submissions so if you’d like to share your story – whether you stayed in the lab or ended up in a non-research role, please get in touch.
  • This year I also completed my first MOOCs – and blogged some reflections on the experience.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…

Welcome to Social in silico – my new blog where I’m planning to share musings about the intersection of people, science and technology. For me, these topics meet in a fascinating Venn diagram that includes online science communication, communication tools and what we’re learning about how people interact with those tools, and each other.  If that sounds a bit vague for a blog, that’s because it’s an exploration starting out with the equivalent of v 1.0 of the Apple Maps app 😉 Although hopefully we won’t end up driving off any cliffs…

You may know me as the Communities Specialist for Nature Publishing Group. But after 5 action-packed years at NPG, I’m leaving the company in December. I’ve absolutely loved the opportunities that I’ve been given in my time here. I’ve made some wonderful, talented friends along the way, and been able to mix my passions for people, science and technology in some great, creative projects.

But now it’s time for some new adventures! And as I start exploring some ideas here and elsewhere, I hope you’ll give helpful feedback. Connect with me (@LouWoodley) and the blog (@socialinsilico) on Twitter or leave your comments here.

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