August 24, 2009

I bet you think this blog is about you, don’t you?

Science Online London 2009Last Saturday, The Royal Institution of Great Britain (R.I.) hosted a conference called Science Online London (#solo09) co-organised by mendeley.com and network.nature.com. The event centred around the fantastic Faraday Theatre which according to the R.I. is a “beautiful, historic theatre [which] has deeply raked seating that creates an intimate atmosphere, even when full to capacity”. Absolutely. Just like last year, this event attracted delegates and speakers from a wide range of backgrounds in science, publishing and communication from around the world. This post is an approximately alphabetically ordered link-fest of some of the people involved. People are, after all, the most interesting thing about any conference. If you’re not listed here it’s not because I don’t like you (honest!) it’s because we didn’t speak or I didn’t listen or (unlike many people) you’re not vain enough [1] to have a have a blog (yet) 🙂

Now I’m told the presentations mentioned above will be on Nature Precedings in due course, which will be good. Thanks to all the organisers, speakers and participants this year that made Science Online London 2009 well worth attending. Hopefully see some more of you again next year!


  1. Carly Simon (1972) You’re So Vain
  2. Geoffrey Bilder (2006). In Google We Trust? Journal of Electronic Publishing, 9 (1) DOI: 10.3998/3336451.0009.101
  3. Matt Brown (2008). Venerable institute gets a refit Nature, 453 (7195), 568-569 DOI: 10.1038/453568a
  4. Matt Brown (2008). Reimagining the Royal Institution Nature, 453 (7195), 595-595 DOI: 10.1038/453595a
  5. Duncan Hull (2009). Slides from the author identity session: Authenticating Scientists with OpenID
  6. Jennifer Rohn and Richard P. Grant (2009). Pre-conference video: Live Roof Surfing at Mendeley Fringe Frivolous


  1. Nice one Duncan! Thanks for the link. Sorry I didn’t get a chance to say hello on Saturday.

    Comment by David Bradley — August 24, 2009 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

    • Hi David, didn’t get the chance to speak to this year *again*… hopefully next year…

      Comment by Duncan — August 24, 2009 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

  2. It’s a deal.

    Comment by David Bradley — August 24, 2009 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

  3. Well, I’m vain enough to have a blog, and we spoke (sort of) in the pub afterwards, but I’m not listed, so that *must* mean you don’t like me!

    Comment by Mo — August 24, 2009 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

    • Hey Mo, I think I’d drunk too much beer at that point, but I’ve corrected my alcohol induced memory blip now!

      Comment by Duncan — August 25, 2009 @ 9:36 am | Reply

  4. Thanks for the mention, Duncan! I liked your presentation, sorry that time was so pressed that I did not get chance to say hello on Sat.

    Comment by Maxine Clarke — August 25, 2009 @ 9:21 am | Reply

    • Hi Maxine, we didn’t have enough time to discuss the issues either, but I liked your question about “do all these systems work together”. Answer, not really, not yet. But it was good to raise the issues, which as Geoffrey said, are beard-strokingly tricky (even for those without beards!)

      Comment by Duncan — August 25, 2009 @ 9:38 am | Reply

  5. Thanks for the link, Duncan. Sorry I didn’t get the chance to say Hi (and comment on your radical hair restructuring since last time). I missed Maxine too, and probably several others. I notice Martin Fenner was suggesting a two day meeting next year on his blog, and he might have something there. There definitely seemed to be some appetite for more than just the Saturday, judging by the Friday night “prequel”, or Unconference, or whatever we are calling it. Of course, that may also have reflected the amount of free alcohol sloshing about…

    Re the linking of all one’s online identities, there is the counter view (speaking as a pseudonymous blogger) that sometimes one may not want the various identities to be too easy to connect.

    Comment by draust — August 25, 2009 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Duncan. it was great seeing you and others at the conference. I’m definately planning to come next year!

      @draust – regarding linking identities: you’re right, and this is precisely the reason why any over-arching framework needs to enable the *user* to be in charge of which things are linked and how. So, a national ID card style approach forced on people is doomed to failure in my mind. If people want their alter-egos or even complete anonymity, let them.

      Comment by Gudmundur Thorisson — August 28, 2009 @ 9:31 am | Reply

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