Sunday, September 04, 2011

#solo11 Day2

Solo11 Science Online London, September 2-3, 2011 — British Library


Day 2 opened with a pane1 discussion on dealing with data. After day 1 I was dreading this, but in fact this was the best (of far too many panels). The discussion covered interesting aspects of curation and abundance, and examples of graphics as curation.

The panel was followed by a "keynote" designed to set a theme - spinal muscular atrophy - intended to nucleate activity for the rest of day. I thought this was an interesting and worthwhile idea, although in fact it didn't work out.

Most of the rest of my day was occupied by the "Online Communication Tools" workshops, which were enjoyable for me personally and seemed to be well received, as demonstrated by the Storify below (one of the tools we talked about). The only problem was that sticking to the SMA theme was not really possible with the participants who attended this workshop (so we didn't, unfortunately).

At the end of Day 1, I was asking, Has Solo jumped the shark? By the end of Day 2, the answer to that question was no, but it has moved a long way from that original exciting event back in 2008.

My personal thanks to the organizers, especially Lou Woodley for inviting me to participate in the Online Communication Tools workshop, and to Brian Kelly for contributing.

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