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The UCSC Genome Browser tweets!

I just caught this in my “genome” TweetDeck column:

RT @GenomeBrowser: That didn’t take long! The Genome Browser website is back up now. Sorry for any inconvenience the brief outage caused.

I didn’t realize the Browser was tweeting! I wish I had been following them. Because if so I would have known about the issue earlier, and wouldn’t have submitted that bug report to OMIM…turns out it wasn’t their new site. Oops. [PS: next week's tip of the week will be the new OMIM site, btw]

Anyway: if you want to follow them go here: http://twitter.com/GenomeBrowser/

If you want to see how I use twitter to find out stuff like this, I did a tip of the week on my TweetDeck organization not too long ago:

Tip of the Week: Twitter in Bioinformatics

And follow us here: http://twitter.com/OpenHelix/

Friday SNPpets

Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment…

Friday SNPets

Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment…

Capturing Data Flow

I haven’t (yet) found a biological or genomic use for this site, but I’m wondering if “yourflowingdata.com” might be an interesting way to capture data. Twitter Diet: The New York Times Story « ScienceRoll.

With the increased use of twitter and sites like it, this might be a way to simply capture and visualize data flow. It seems to have worked for the dieter above. Now just have to think of something I could twitter on a regular basis and capture the flow. Something genomics-related.

Any ideas?

Social learning, or is it learning socially?

Deepak asks the question in his latest post, Questions and information streams:

Will we ever be in a situation where we might be at our bench and need to look up something. Today we’d search. Tomorrow will we search, or will we ask, and the appropriate response would be delivered to you, whether it be a search query, or whether it be a response or two or three from people in the field.

He’s looking forward to the possibility. I think that possibility, as he intimates, is there. With Twitter, Friendfeed, Aardvark, Facebook, the new features on Google, and Google Wave it seems to be converging to that possibility.

There are some issues with this. I find Aardvark annoying. I signed up after a guest in our house just got a job there. Perhaps I didn’t give it enough time, or didn’t have enough questions, but for the most part the questions asked through the systems to me I didn’t have the time and/or expertise to answer. I answered a few, but even at 2-3 a day, it was just yet another text or email clogging up my in-stream (my new word… inbox, text, etc., that comes in). Perhaps it would be different with a very focused group, like bench scientists.

Or parents. I belong to a parenting group on an ‘old-fashioned’ internet bulletin board. I’ve belonged to this board since before our daughter was adopted, nearly 8 years. It has been a invaluable source of information, advice and discussion in raising our daughter. With 200 active parents (mainly mothers) on the boards, the questions are answered within minutes often. That’s been a boon when a 2-year old is in an hour long tantrum and you are at a loss of what to do.

Of course, these are just extensions of our real life social networks, the lab and department where we do our research are invaluable and necessary for learning from others, asking questions, finding the right technique or resource. Our family and friends in parenting. The internet, with past applications like bulletin boards and chat and more recent and future ones like twitters and waves, is really only an extension and a more rapid tempo of our real life learning networks.

And I can see where this extension are, and could be, very helpful in science, both benchwork and computer research. Often it could be a boon to have an answer quickly.

Or it could be annoying to get asked a lot.

"Social Media" and Conferences

Other than the challenges of live blogging a workshop (which I was not able to do recently because of logistical reasons– I can’t write and chew gum at the same time), there are more serious challenges. Daniel MacArthur has been writing about those challenges in On the challenges of conference blogging : Genetic Future, having posted some information from a CSH Biology of Genomes meeting that was criticized and resulted in the clarification of CSH policy (like Daniel, I welcome the policy changes). It resulted in some discussion of social media and scientific conferences. If you haven’t been able to read the posts and discussions, I suggest you take a bit of time to do so. With a world of increasing numbers of scientists twittering, blogging, facebooking and who knows what in the future, it’s a discussion we should be aware of.

Bioinformatics resource tweets

Yes, I know, but I used to be resistant to blogging too….

I’m starting to get a number of announcements about Twitter feeds from bioinformatics resource groups.  I think it’s time to start a collection of those.  This post will have a couple to get started, but I’m going to use this as a collector for others that will inevitably come across over time.

WormBase: (announcement), their feed is http://twitter.com/wormbase

GO: (announcement), their feed is http://twitter.com/news4go

If you have others, let me know in the comments. Or for my co-bloggers feel free to edit this post to grow the list.