Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): Great Challenges to Research Humor Memes (Week of January 7, 2013)

We had a couple weeks off here for Winter Break, and have come back to work with gusto. It’s been a busy week with a lot happening.

What I’ve been raving about is a humor meme started within the Twitter science community, in which they give a variety of true and snarky observations on the research process (#overlyhonestacknowledgements, #overlyhonestmethods, #overlyhonestreviews). The methods are the funniest, so they’ll come at the end of that section.

Aside from science humor, there were also a number of events worth tracking. One “must see” for me was the Digital Health Summit (#DigiHealthCES).

University of Virginia sponsored a data management bootcamp with Gardner Campbell and other leaders. The goal was for grad students to learn the concepts and processes and integrate them into their own research work. The tweetstream was very relevant and useful, with many insights and great nuggets of wisdom that came down from #vadmbootcamp. On a related note, there was another event this week on data management over in the UK, #jiscmrd.

TEDMED had two webinars through Google Plus Hangouts, one on fostering innovation in healthcare and the other on medical errors. Both events were on the same day and were tracked with the same hashtag, #greatchallenges. Serendipitously, the TEDMED event occurred on the same day as another event on medical errors, the emerging Twitter chat on diagnostic errors with the hashtag #DXerror, and followed shortly on the heels of the Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference (using the same hashtag).

More can be found at:

75 of the best #overlyhonestmethods: http://storify.com/BeckiePort/overlyhonestmethods

#overlyhonestmethods is the PostSecret of the science world, and it is amazing: http://io9.com/5974256/overlyhonestmethods-is-the-postsecret-of-the-science-world-and-it-is-amazing

Overly honest methods – how experiments really get done: http://wildtypes.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/overly-honest-methods-how-experiments-really-get-done-2/

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