SpotOn, Nature Publishing Group’s online forum for science policy, outreach and tools, and organiser of community events, is currently running a series on the use of social media for science outreach. As part of this series, we were asked to share our experience of setting up and running the Node.
If you’re interested in hearing a bit more about the motivation behind setting up the Node, and our impressions on how the project is going, I’d encourage you to read the case study (written by Eva Amsen – the Node’s founding Community Manager, who has recently moved on to pastures new – and Katherine Brown – Development‘s Executive Editor). From our side, the invitation to write this piece provided us with a great opportunity to reflect on the original aims of the Node, and to try and assess the degree to which we’ve achieved those aims. I think we’re doing pretty well and I hope you’ll agree! Of course, the Node is really YOUR site, not ours, and if there’s one thing we’d like you to take away from the case study, that’s it: the Node exists because the community wanted it, and you’re free to post what you think the community would be interested in reading about.
As well as the Node post, I’d really encourage you to take a look at some of the other social media case studies on the SpotOn site – they’re all collected together here, and they cover a huge range of different projects. Some of the projects people have taken on (particularly those doing it in their spare time and with no budget) are pretty impressive, and a definite source of inspiration!