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Featured talk: Online Social Networking for the Chemical Sciences

UPDATE: Dr. Williams has made slides to both talks he gave at Cornell on May 14th:


The Physical Sciences Library invites to a talk by Antony Williams, Vice President of Strategic Development and Head of Cheminformatics, RSC

Online Social Networking for the Chemical Sciences 

Tuesday, May 14th, 3pm (Bagel Minute sponsored by GPSAFC beforehand)

PSB 120

Social hour to follow (details TBA)

The internet has revolutionized the manner by which we can represent ourselves online by providing us the ability to expose our data, experiences and skills online via blogs, wikis and other crowd-sourcing venues. As a result it is possible to contribute to the community while developing a social profile as a scientist. While research scientists are primarily still measured by their contributions to science using the classical method of citation statistics, a number of freely available online tools are now available for scientists to develop their online profile. This is particularly important at a time when alternative measures of contributions to science are being developed – the so-called world of Alternative Metrics. The concept of “rewards and recognition” for participation will be discussed in terms of how the Royal Society of Chemistry intends to add to the alternative metrics data flow to acknowledge scientists for their contributions.

This presentation will provide an overview of the myriad of tools available to you at any stage of your career and will hopefully encourage you to actively manage your profile as a scientist as the resume of the future will likely be summarized by your activities and profiles  online. Dr. Williams will highlight how to ensure that your personal social media profiles can be made engaging to potential collaborators and employers, how social media can be utilized to engage people into events and how to drive traffic to your own sites should you choose to set them up. He will review how his own profiles cover his diverse career in chemistry from “lab-rat” to software product manager, to entrepreneur and into the publishing world and my personal efforts to try and popularize science using some of the social media tools.

Dr. Williams’ personal biographical statement.

Co-sponsored by the Physical Sciences Library and the GPSAFC

Open to Cornell Community

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