15 January 2009

ScienceOnline09 on my mind

Tomorrow I fly to North Carolina for the third annual (and my second annual) science blogging unconference, though this year it's called ScienceOnline09, I assume to be a bit more inclusive of the whole online science thing, not just the blogging part.

ScienceOnline09 is very much about online participation (duh) so it makes sense that there are several ways to attend virtually:
This year I'm delighted to be helping moderate two of the unconference sessions:
Hey, You Can’t Say That!
This session is moderated by Greg Laden, Rick MacPherson, Karen James (that'd be me), Craig McClain, Mark Powell and PZ Myers: It’s tempting to think that what we contribute in our blogs is written with impunity. But what happens when readers react so negatively to your words that it can leverage pressure on you from your boss, peers, colleagues, or administration? What responsibility, if any, do bloggers owe to their “day job” in avoiding controversy (and vice versa)? Is it enough to say in your profile that “this blog is my personal space and does not reflect the views of my employer”? Is capitulating to pressure a failure or just savvy blogging? What are the rules, if any, to self-censorship? Should an employer have a policy or set of guidelines regarding staff’s personal & professional blogging (and other public and semi-public activities like Facebook)? And when does pseudonymous blogging become a necessity? Bring your own perspectives and experiences to a discussion that explores the ups and downs of science bloggers who navigate the stormy waters between free expression and reader/employer backlash.

Blogging adventure: how to post from strange locations
This is a panel discussion with Karen James (me again, though I'm more a future hopeful user of this skill than a wizened practitioner), Talia Page, Anne-Marie Hodge, Meredith Barrett, Kevin Zelnio, Vanessa Woods and Rick McPhearson: The stereotype is that bloggers write in their parents’ basements, wearing pajamas, covered with Cheetos dust. But some bloggers have done amazing feats of reporting from weird and far-away places. Do you intend to do something like that? What are the technological challenges – and solutions – and what are the pros and cons of blogging from the jungle, or Antarctica, from Mt.Everest, from a submarine, from a space-ship, from a research ship, from a sailboat, from a war zone, from a high-radiation zone, an ecological research station or a palaeontological dig, and is it worth it? Share your experiences, ask questions, and collect tips for your next trip to a Crazy Place.

And of course I'll be posting updates here and on the dedicated FriendFeed room (though I can't figure out if I should do that via Twitter or directly ...ach, me so confused...).

1 comment:

Michael Robinson said...

"The stereotype is that bloggers write in their parents’ basements, wearing pajamas, covered with Cheetos dust." Outrageous lies! I blog from my own basement with orange fingers from Dorito dust.

I hope ScienceOnline is fun. Wish I were there.