Bora: The main appeal of the Open Laboratory anthology to the bloggers is that it is a community-based project, and entirely transparent in its execution. … But there is something more to it than just how much bloggers love this book. It is seen as a bridge between the online and the offline worlds. Everyone involved buys extra copies to give to friends and relatives who are not as Web-savvy and may not realize what amazing writing transpires on science blogs. (pp. x-xi)
Jennifer: Far from being irrelevant , science blogging has emerged as an essential activity for science writers as we find ourselves with a professional presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, not to mention “microblogging” platforms like Tumblr. And it’s become an equally essential tool for scientists themselves to connect and communicate with the general public. (p. xiv)
The Best Science Writing Online 2012, by Bora Zikovic and Jennifer Ouellette.
Comment: I love it when I observe similar thoughts being expressed by many different people before those ideas have yet hit mainstream. This signals the gradual emergence of a paradigm shift. In this series of books, the essays and authors they represent, the conference which gives them face to face time, and the enormous numbers of award-winning science books that come from these same authors and are birthed in part on their blogs, in these I believe I see the emergence of a paradigm shift in science publishing and scholarly publishing. Track this. They are important.
Open Science: Good for Research, Good for Researchers? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFL0vbUOjfo
Influence, on the other hand, is often the currency that makes social processes work toward helping people attain what they value. Intellectual influences nourish and structure the growth of knowledge. Friendships help people obtain jobs, hearings from people in power, votes, advice, and so forth. “It is not what you know but whom you know that helps you succeed” is not all pejorative. People with great wisdom often also know and are known by a great variety of people. Among these are also included people with even greater wisdom. (p. 195)
Decentralization, Sketches Toward a Rational Theory, by Manfred Kochen and Karl W. Deutsch.
Comment: Fred Kochen was one of my mentors in grad school, and probably the one who most strongly influenced my vision of who I wanted to be and what I wanted to be able to accomplish in my career, the WHY rather than the WHAT or HOW. Fred was a true visionary, discussing, many decades ahead of their emergence, many of the issues that have become critical to our most important current debates on social dynamics and structures, information access, and more. He predicted the World Wide Web decades before it happened, and spent much of his career trying to build towards that. I have always found it ironic that he died the same week as the release of the first Web browser, Mosaic 1.0. He was a genius at collecting voices together to emphasize issues that would become important. This book, Decentralization, is one of those collections. Many of the most important ideas expressed in this book are ones he gather from or inspired in others. The thoughts that I’ve distilled from it coalesce in forms that I remember as being from the book, but which were never actually said there. I still find this an important collection.