Title: Profile Building, Research Sharing and Data Proliferation using Social Media Tools for Scientists

Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Time: USA 11:00 a.m. PDT | 2:00 p.m. EDT | 19:00 BST | 20:00 CEST

Duration: 60 minutes including Q&A

Many of us nowadays invest significant amounts of time in sharing our activities and opinions with friends and family via social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter or other related websites. However, despite the availability of many platforms for scientists to connect and share with their peers in the scientific community the majority do not make use of these tools, despite their promise and potential impact and influence on our careers. We are already being indexed and exposed on the internet via our publications, presentations and data and new “AltMetric scores” are being assigned to scientific publications as measures of popularity and, supposedly, of impact. We now have even more ways to contribute to science, to annotate and curate data, to “publish” in new ways, and many of these activities are as part of a growing crowdsourcing network. The stable of web-based platforms that can be used continues to expand but with only so much time available to share publications, presentations, data and activities how does a scientist shortcut their way to understanding what is available and the benefits of use?

For over five years Antony Williams has been delivering presentations to scientists regarding how they can use freely available websites to help create an online presence. Over the years he has presented on LinkedIn for a professional CV, ResearchGate for sharing papers and research updates, FigShare for data, and a myriad of other tools for developing an online profile. Participating online, whether it be simply for career advancement or for wider exposure of your research, there are now a series of web applications that can provide a great opportunity to develop a scientific profile within the community. This presentation will provide an overview of what is available and the potential benefits of investing a small amount of time in developing an online profile especially as an increasing number of potential employers and collaborators utilize the web to research scientists.

Topics & Speakers
Antony Williams

Antony (Tony) Williams is a computational chemist at the National Center of Computational Toxicology working on delivering of the center’s data to the scientific community (via the Chemistry Dashboard at https://comptox.epa.gov). He is an analytical scientist by training, specializing in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He has over two decades of experience in cheminformatics and chemical information management and brought his skills to bear to develop laboratory information management systems (LIMS) at Kodak, as the Chief Science Officer for ACD/Labs and as the VP of Strategic Development for the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has worked extensively on complex data management issues with a focus on internet-based projects to deliver free-access community-based chemistry websites and services, specifically the ChemSpider database which has over 50,000 users per day (http://www.chemspider.com). He has authored >180 papers, book chapters and books regarding computer-assisted analysis of data, cheminformatics and chemical information management. He is also passionate about teaching scientists how to benefit from the developing array of social networking tools and is known as the ChemConnector on the networks. Over the years he has had adjunct roles at a number of institutions and presently enjoys working with scientists at both UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University. He was the recipient of the Jim Gray Award for eScience in 2012 and the American Chemical Society’s North Carolina Distinguished Speaker of the Year award in 2016.

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