HUGO is in good company when it comes to using social media to further scientific aims. The NIH has awarded a two-year, $12.2 million grant to the University of Florida to establish a social network for biomedical scientists called VIVOweb. The backbone of the social network will be VIVO, a system developed at Cornell in 2003 that was intended to connect scientists with each other based on their research areas of interest.
A number of institutions are participating in the VIVOweb project:
- Cornell – multi-institutional functionality
- University of Florida – keeping site’s data current
- Indiana University Bloomington – social network tools
- Scripps Research Institute – implementation site
- Ponce School of Medicine – implementation site
- Washington University of St. Louise – implementation site
- Weill Cornell Medical College – implementation site
One of the best established social networks available to scientists is Nature Network. Available without charge, Nature Network is intended for scientists to:
- Keep in touch with colleagues and make new contacts both globally and via local networks, such as Boston, New York, and London
- Discuss research and scientific issues
- Provide a platform for blogging and forums
OpenWetWare at MIT is another social media tool for biology and biological engineering that is similar to a wiki, user-generated encyclopedic content on research materials and protocols. Its aims are to “promote the sharing of information, know-how, and wisdom among researchers and groups.”
Is social networking a part of your scientific life?
Have you visited the HUGO booth at the 59th Annual Meeting of The American Society of Human Genetics? We’re at booth #333. Here’s proof!
From left to right:
Dr. Elspeth Bruford, Chairperson of the HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee, Dr. Edison Liu, HUGO President and Genome Institute of Singapore Executive Director, and Dr. Alastair Brown, long-time HUGO member.
Please come leave your contact info for a chance to win complimentary HUGO membership.
Genomics Law Report Special Series on Ethical, Legal, or Social Issues in Genomics and Personalized Medicine
One of our aims at HUGO Matters is to point readers to important discussions both online and offline. Just in time for the HUGO Symposium on Genomics and Ethics, Law and Society next month in Geneva, Genomics Law Report is running a special series, What ELSI is new?, with invited commentaries from industry, academic and thought leaders in the fields of genomics and personalized medicine.
Some highlights from the over 40 articles that are planned:
- The balance of experiment and theory is shifting in genomics; this matters for ELSI by Robert Cook-Deegan, Duke University Institute for Genome Science & Policy
- Personalized Medicine in the Web 2.0 Era by Bertalan Mesko, Webicina.com
- Informed Health Decision-Making trough a Registry for Genetic Tests by Sharon F. Terry, Genetic Alliance
- How will we handle the rapidly approaching flood of genomic information on individual patients and consumers? by Hank Greely, Stanford Law School
HUGO Matters will also be contributing to the discussion from Geneva. Keep a lookout for posts on ELSI in November.
Are you attending the 59th Annual Meeting of The American Society of Human Genetics next week in Honolulu, Hawaii?
HUGO will be at booth 333. Come by and have a chat with members of the HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee. Also drop off your business card or contact info and stand a chance to win one of 10 complimentary HUGO memberships. There are many benefits to becoming a HUGO member so don’t miss this opportunity!
By HUGO President Prof. Edison T Liu
Welcome! Today marks the launch of HUGO Matters, the official blog of the Human Genome Organisation. It also marks HUGO’s foray into the world of social media.
Prior to the widespread use of the Internet, the scientific world tended to be insular, self-contained, and often removed from public input. In contrast, today’s research environment spans the globe and is made stronger from interactions amongst scientists and with those who are not directly involved in research. At the heart of social media are web-based technologies to foster discussions, share knowledge, and encourage participation. HUGO is also committed to such goals as they apply to genetics and genomics worldwide. So, we are taking the innovative step into social media to harness the power of blogging and social networking at Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
HUGO Matters is the central hub for HUGO’s social networking efforts. The blog will serve as a platform for discussions on genome technology, genomics and ethical, legal, and social issues, intellectual property, education, latest research techniques, and other topics relevant to genomics in the 21st century. Contributors will include myself, editor Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei, HUGO Council and Committee members, fellow HUGO members, and genetic and genomic scientists/researchers from around the world. We will also use the blog to communicate HUGO’s latest events and happenings, including exclusive behind-the-scenes look into how an international scientific organisation is run. Over the next few months, HUGO has plans to facilitate greater interaction and activity on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, hopefully creating a virtual scientific community that spans the globe.
As a start, we are offering free meeting registration to readers of the HUGO Matters blog for next month’s HUGO Genomics and Ethics, Law and Society Symposium in Switzerland. (Please see this previous post for more details.) We will also be offering complimentary HUGO memberships to readers of this blog and attendees of the 59th Annual American Society of Human Genetics Meeting in Hawaii. Details will be announced later this week.
Please leave your comments here at HUGO Matters as well as post questions, concerns, thoughts and ideas at any of our locations on the Web. We look forward to collaborating on achieving HUGO’s missions.