The internet is a wonderful place. I am one of the lucky people who does not have to wait for weeks to get a hold of a paper I might need for my thesis. As a scientist this international network has become indispensible. Not just for retrieving papers, but also the review process and colaboration. The committee I doing my thesis on subsalt imaging with is situated in Germany and the Americas and has sponsors from all around the world. These kinds of collaborations spur scientific progress.
An Update on RSS
Of course this is not it. In my first post on geo-awesomeness I gathered up resources and ways to get the latest information in the laziest way possible. You know, because I’m that type of guy. I’d rather have my infomation curated in one place than habitually check the SEG, EAGE, SEP, AAPG (I think you get the point) for updates in their catalogue. I also love the blogosphere of geoscientists. Getting input from all these intelligent people has advanced my own understanding quite a bit as well as tied some good connections. So naturally, I included a lot of these blogs in my daily routine of reading as well. As I understand that some people, like me, would love to do it that way, I bundled an OPML with all these resources. You can get it here.
Nowadays since Google Reeader has eventually closed down, my favorite reader (Feedly), has evolved quite a bit. Adding this xml file hast become even easier. On the left bar you can find a link to Add Content which will open a selection of options. There you can just choose Import OPML and read all the latest news.
But I did not start this post to talk about good ol’ RSS. The Geocommunity has evolved quite a bit in the past. Bloggers and scientist are interconnected. There is a monthly blog-carnival called the Accrectionary Wedge, where any bloggers can just contribute stories to a common topic.
Twitter is the Go-To place to get to know the awesome people behind those blogs as well as more other scientists. They’re a warm and welcoming group, appreciating anyone willing to chime in. Seriously, get on there and Tweet, Retweet and just start talking to people. You have a 140 character limit, which forces you to be on spot with what you’re saying. Any geophysicist knows about signal-to-noise ratios and Twitter has a quite unique system for this. You can “Retweet” anything you like, either with the native retweet button or by qoting the original tweet preceeded by a “RT”. If you change the text of the original tweet be sure to use “MT” instead. Giving credit is just like citing a paper in the world of Twitter. Personally, I also like to credit a person, I learned something awesome from using a “h/t”, which signifies “heard through”. So head over to Twitter and follow me and some other awesome people. You can also reach me through http://dramsch.net/@.Continue reading "Gain traction in the Geoscience community"