Well, the Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomes meting ended one week ago. And it was a great meeting. I am writing up some reflections of the meeting which I will post in a few days. But for now I thought I would post a little note that I am experimenting with a new (for me) approach for sharing talks and presentations from meetings. This approach is to take advantage of the Faculty of 1000 (F1000) Posters system which allows free publishing of slides and posters. There are of course many ways to share posters and talks from meetings. I usually post slides to Slideshare, which I like quite a bit. And I record video slideshows (slides in synch with Audio) and post those to YouTube. And for posters we have been depositing them in Figshare. All of these are great options. And I love experimenting with various sharing plotforms to see how they can be used for science.
Well, here is another one that I think is a really good option, especially when organizing a conference: F1000 Posters. Full disclosure – I am working with F1000 on some open science initiatives so I have a potential lack of objectivity here. Anyway – for the Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomes meeting I contacted F1000 people and asked if it would be possible for them to set up a site within F1000 posters just for the Lake Arrowhead meeting. And then, once this was set up I sent an email to the participants of the meeting:
Dear Lake Arrowhead meeting participant
Apologies in advance for the long email – the email can be summarized as follows: if you are giving a talk or a poster at the meeting F1000 has set up a site to publish these if you want to.
The full email is below:
I am writing to let everyone know that F1000 (i.e., Faculty of 1000) has set up a site for the meeting where people can publish posters and talk slides. If you are presenting at the meeting and are interested in possibly publishing your poster or your talk via F1000 check out:
It is now becoming more and more common for scientists to publish their posters and talks in some way. There are many reasons why it can be beneficial to do this, especially at sites like F1000Posters
* People outside the meeting can see your work.
* There is an official “record” of your presentation that can be useful in things like grant reports and for CVs and such.
* This is a way for people at a meeting to share posters and talk slides with each other in a relatively easy manner.
* If we are able to get a decent number of posters and talks on F1000 it might be a way of helping draw attention to the meeting, which in turn could get more people looking at the posters and talks and also might help with fundraising for next meeting.
Some additional potential benefits can be seen here:
Such publishing of posters and slides is not necessarily for everyone however. Some possible aspects that have concerned some people include
* Some journals will not consider for publication material that is in published posters or slides. This is rare as many journals have announced that such poster/talk sharing is OK. In general, prepublishing posters or slides is considered OK for anything published by Nature and Springer and PLOS and BMC and the Royal Society and CSHL and PeerJ and PNAS and Individual Journals like eLife, Genome Research, G&D, MBE, and more. But there are a few holdouts. Some more information on such policies can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_academic_journals_by_preprint_policy.
* The whole world will have access to the poster and slides published on F1000Posters. I like such wide reach. But this makes some people uncomfortable.
* If you have preliminary results that you do NOT want people to see outside of the meeting, then this is not for you.
I personally believe that the benefits far far outwiegh the drawbacks. We have gotten enormous value from posting slides and publishing posters. But this is not meant to pressure people in any way to do this. If you are willing and interested, check out the F1000 site http://f1000.com/posters/browse?societyId=265053653. If you are not interested, that is completely fine.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting.
And as of now, there are eleven presentations there. Not as much as I would hope for in the long run. But not too bad. The systems for F1000 posters could stiull use some work but the F1000 people seem very willing and interested in beefing it up in various ways. I think I will be trying to use this for other meetings I am organizing or participating in.
Current posters or talks that are available are shownbelow:
Deconstructing and reconstructing microbial communities using cheese. F1000Posters 2014, 5: 1384 (slide presentation)
Summary | Slide Presentation [128.35 MB] | Resulting articles
Traditional diet is linked to low diversity and high inter-individual variation in the gut microbiota of an Inuit population in the Canadian arctic. F1000Posters 2014, 5: 1383 (poster)
Statistical challenges in shotgun metagenomics
Summary | Slide Presentation [6.05 MB]
Something about the Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomes Meeting
Summary | Slide Presentation [15.04 MB]
On the inherent challenge of eliminating compositional artifacts in sparse 16S rRNA datasets. F1000Posters 2014, 5: 1339 (poster)
Shrooms in rooms: what fungi in the built environment can tell us about fungi and buildings. F1000Posters 2014, 5: 1323 (slide presentation)
Summary | Slide Presentation [31.91 MB]
Design and implementation of an ontology for public health genomic epidemiology. F1000Posters 2014, 5: 1322 (poster)
Examining the roles of antisense RNA at pilY1 and tad loci in Variovorax Paradoxus EPS biofilms and motility. F1000Posters 2014, 5: 1317 (poster)
Using functional genomics and metagenomics in the undergraduate classroom as a bridge to research experiences. F1000Posters 2014, 5: 1316 (poster)
Edge effects and seagrass microbiome diversity
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