The launch of the new figshare site recently was immediately swamped by the chaos that is the Science Online conference in North Carolina. The conference, which also goes by the name #scio12 is one of the most interesting and best organised of all conferences I have been to.
\"Artwork at Open Notebook Science session, by Kwinkunks\"
Also fun this time was the new figshare swag that I had to disperse into the crowds of researchers, science bloggers an journalists, and fellow data management folk.
@pkrautz @figshare Love the mug! And the site, of course ;-) But websites can't hold coffee...— Psi Wavefunction (@PsiWavefunction) January 25, 2012
@pkrautz @figshare Love the mug! And the site, of course ;-) But websites can't hold coffee...
The t-shirts come went out to many of the attendees and #openscientists in the mix, as well as the odd mascot (image provided by @DrRubidium).
Some great conversations about the future of data management and how different organisations can pull together over a common goal we're had over some North Carolina ales. Representatives from Mendeley, PLoS, Wikipedia, Altmetric, Total Impact, ScienceCard and the Open Science Federation all discussed ideas about working both with each other and with figshare in order to make researchers life easier, as well as making science more available and measuring the true real-time impact of science.
If you would like to get your hands on some of the swag, you can invite figshare along to do a demo in your lab or talk at your lab meetings or journal clubs. If you are UK based we can arrange to come whenever. We will ne in the US at the end of February and beginning of March (as well as a few other dates no doubt). If you are based elsewhere, let us know and we will endeavour to get to you!
We have lots of new features coming in the pipeline and will continue to develop the site. If you have any thoughts or comments, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter, facebook or google+. In the hectic launch, we forgot to update our blog's RSS feed. You can now find this at http://figshare.com/blog/feed - be sure to subscribe.