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A social network for research communication


I set this up during a presentation at the 5th World Conference of Science Journalists in Melbourne, where delegates heard repeatedly that networks are needed and that the triad of journalists, press officers and scientists all need more information, better skills and more contacts.

The site is an experimental attempt to create a social network of journalists, scientists, press officers and others who communicate about research - whether on health, environment, water, energy, agriculture, sustainable development or communications.

The only way to see whether this is feasible is to populate the network with some friendly volunteers who are willing to test it out. I envisage that this site could be most useful for journalists in developing nations who struggle to find interviewees, sources of support and ideas for news stories. It looks like it has potential. Let's find out. If you have any suggestions, drop me a line.


Mike Shanahan

Press officer

International Institute for Environment and Development

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Comment by William Odinga Balikuddembe on April 18, 2008 at 12:40
What if the earth stopped breathing?
there would be no flowers
there would be no women
there would be no science
there would be ...
Mike, life is everything!
Networking is fun!
Comment by Tamunobarabi Gogo Ibulubo on November 19, 2007 at 18:32
I do journalism work in the rural areas also.Rural life,in Africa include oftimes, deprieved people,and the tendency to exclude them in governance,places them as forgotten people when it come to taking government concerns to them.They are poor and lives in poor statewithout adequate social amenities.Journalism must come to terms with the fact that while it is good to engage the government and the public on policies and programmes,these rural people can not be approached with the same style.Journalism becomes more humane,patient and yet forcefull with them to help to raise the level of knowledge and understanding among them.As their interest grows on public issues they become critical and more constructive in opinion and questioning.When the PUBLIC servant knows that the rural people understands,they begin to incorporate them in the scheme of things;a feat that does not come easily.Rural journalism is a challenge,what do you think?
Comment by Karen Hackshaw on July 10, 2007 at 8:50
Hi Mike,
Good start. I agree, this has potential. Looking forward to pooling our resources to see how we can advance this. Swapnil, we had a presentation by a representative of Creative Commons yesterday. It was quite interesting. What are your thoughts on Creative Commons?
Comment by Marie Rarieya on June 15, 2007 at 3:09
Hi Mike,

This is a great site where experts can hammer local coordination, where collective information sharing/expertt advice is possible despite differences of perspectives and disciplines.
Comment by Swapnil Bhartiya on June 11, 2007 at 3:23
Congratulations for bringing up the forum, now we can address some real issues more strongly. By the way what do you think of Creative Commons and the philosophy of GPL? Don't you think SF should take into consideration the developments going around. Also what do you think on patents regarding software?
Looking forward to your reply
Comment by Dr.Arvind Mishra on May 15, 2007 at 12:58
Its a great initiative! Let us identify/pin point issues involved insofar as science communication especially in third world countries are concerned.
Good work Mr.Shahanan
Comment by Gerald Businge on May 12, 2007 at 10:13
Great. Thanks for the effort. This network should surely help us improve communication about science. Lets make it work.

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