We here in the Animal Department are still learning the ropes of blogging but have come a long way already. This weekend I attended the 2nd annual NC Science Blogging Conference in the Research Triangle where I met some of the greats in the field of science blogging and learned a lot of new ideas that I hope to apply to our Animal Department Blog. Amazingly, people traveled from all over the US and Europe to attend the conference.
Blogging is one of many Internet trends that is lumped together in the concept of Web 2.0 or the second Internet wave. If you have used YouTube, Facebook, or are reading this blog you are participating in the Web 2.0 revolution. One important distinction in this new generation of Internet communication is the emphasis on user-generated content: the masses creating content for the masses rather than the masses consuming content created by a select few sources.
We hope you will join us in embracing these new technologies and interact with us by posting comments or questions after our posts. In the coming months we will continue to increase the interactive aspects of the Animal Department Blog and look forward to communicating with you.
Here are a few science blogs by some folks I met at the conference:
- Several speakers and participants are featured on Scienceblogs.com
- The Beagle Project is a very exciting venture.
- Talkingscience.org is a new project to bring more coverage of science to the public.
- Since I’m a nerd I was very excited to meet the guys from ars technica’s nobel intent blog
- If you’re a fan of primates you might like Vanessa Woods’ website and seasonal blog
For more just Google “science blog” and dive into a sea of information.