Well, that was in a way fun. I was a part of a discussion panel for the Science Online London 2011 meeting. However, I did not go to London … I did it from my garage. More about this below:
I got an email many months ago inviting me to participate in a panel discussion for a Science Online Meeting in London. The discussion was to focus on the NASA arsenic life story and how this related to open science issues. Now even though the one and only Kaitlin Thaney invited me, I alas said “it’s going to be hard for me to get to London at that time” and eventually we settled on the idea of me skyping in for the panel.
And I sort of forgot about this for a bit.
And then Joerg Heber emailed me with some comments about the panel and there was an email discussion among the panelists about details. And in the midst of all of this Joerg pointed out that the panel was at 10:15 AM London time. All along I had thought it was going to be in the evening in London. 10:15 AM London time is 2:15 AM California time. And thus I started to freak out a little bit. How was I going to pull this off? I have two young kids. And my house is very open in design so there is nowhere to go where people can’t hear you. I would wake up everyone if I talked on a panel from inside my house … hmmm
Anyway – here are some twitter posts that will give you a feel for how things played out from a mechanical point of view:
That’s right … I skyped in from my garage. In my pajamas. And thus I refused the video connection. But other than being exhausted the rest of the day, I think things worked out well. I will post later with details of the panel and the SOLO meeting since there are some good reports out there. And I hope audio/video will be posted some time too.
Some links about the meeting:
- Changed by Science Online London 2011?
- Science Online London 2011 Day 1: Storify of #1 Panel: Linking with the Literature – The Arsenic Story #solo11
- Science Online London 2011 Day 1: Storify of the Keynote by Michael Nielsen #solo11
- Incentives: Definitely a case of rolling your own
- Science Online London Keynote, Michael Nielson on Open Sciecne
- SOLO11, day1, morning sessions.
- SOLO11: Science online London 2011 (#solo11) – day 2, panel 1 – “Dealing with Data”