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What Kinds of Science Can Be Learned from Twitter?

October 2, 2014Patrick NunnallyProgram & AnnouncementsComments Off on What Kinds of Science Can Be Learned from Twitter?

Perhaps surprisingly, a lot of good scientific information is exchanged on social media platforms.  Next week’s “A Sip of Science” program explores how this happens by following “The Secret Life of a Tweet.”

Joanne Richardson, the digital maven behind most of River Life’s digital information work, will explore the “knowledge ecosystem” in which a particular bit of scientific knowledge is contained.  Where did the link in the tweet originally appear?  Who would have seen it there and what would have their expectations been?  Who might have seen the tweeted version of the information, and what can be understood about that audience?

Science is increasingly a broad field interdisciplinary enterprise that looks for impacts beyond the lab or originating discipline.  More and more, scientists from agencies and from academe are taking to social media to share and discuss their work.  Social media channels will never replace peer-reviewed journals, nor should they.  But the future of scientific communication is here, and it lies in digital media.

Learn more next Wednesday October 8, at 5:30, River Room, Aster Cafe.  RSVP requested through the link above.

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