It occurred to me after our lunch meeting, that several potential #blog
topics emerged from our conversation. And it might be fun to collaborate on them as we each bring different perspectives and experiences to the table. The topics that seemed to emerge were:DIY Bio
It might be good to have a brief introductory post, similar to the summation that +Leah Cannon
gave, and then talk about how DIY Bio is being used by the citizen scientist and the professional scientist, and the scientist entrepreneur. Are #DIYBio
shops being used by professional scientists to learn new skills, and gain experience with techniques and technologies that they don't have access to at work? How is it used by entrepreneurial scientists? How are results from DIY Bio experiments published? If not in journals, where and how?Social Media and the Job Search+Mary Canady
mentioned that a lot of scientists start using #socialmedia
when they're starting a job search. It might be interesting to get a recruiter's perspective on that. In the software development world, recruiters and hiring managers use blogs, and github/bitbucket to get a sense of who you are, and what kind of skills and interests you have.
It's probably not as straight-forward for a bench scientist to demonstrate their skills & interests. You can tweet links to interesting articles, perhaps do mini-reviews in blog postings, and talk about interesting developments in the industry. I imagine that for academic scientists it's often easier to discuss what you're working on (at least after publication), than it is for scientists working in industry. In any case, it might be good to get a recruiter's perspective on this. Do they look at your LinkedIn postings, and Tweets? Should scientists be using ORCid to link themselves to their publications? Do recruiters check that? What kind of metrics do recruiters & hiring managers use? Altmetrics on your publication history? The MeSH terms for your publications? The number of Twitter followers & posts?
In industry, there's often a lag between when you work on a project, and when you're allowed to publish. Can DIY Bio and an open ELN be used to give recruiters a sense of what you're current interests are?
Could SlideShare be used to share some of the public presentations you've given? Or perhaps talk about the results from a DIY Bio experiment?Crowdfunding Science
How to do it right. How much work do you need to put into marketing your project? What's the "cost of capital"? If it takes 2 people two months of marketing to raise $10K, is it worth the effort? How is #crowdfunding
seen by academic institutions?
Thoughts? +Gareth Morgan +Justin Kiggins +Jill Roughan +Heather Buschman