Together with Frank Sonntag I have created a new Mastodon instance: FediScience, a friendly place where scientists can let their hair down.
There I will write about my work about the quality of climate data at a scientific level in English. https://fediscience.org/@VictorVenema
This will be/stay my private, sometimes German and local (#Bonn) account.
There is now a Mastodon instance for publishing scientists: FediScience.
Everyone is welcome from PhD student to professor, as well as researchers from outside of academia. You are welcome to stay afterwards, but it is also easy to change to another server.
There will be a lot of science talk on this server, but there is no need to only talk science
Boosts are appreciated to let others know about this new instance.
@benis Science is about reality. As long as you and your friends reject reality, you will call science politicised, there is nothing science can do about that. Science will never submit to your violence and bullying. If we would, it would stop being science.
@nawi Have not thought about that. How about when you work on your thesis? Anyway, there will always be edge cases and we are not going to check what people's credentials are, except if they behave weirdly.
If you feel that this is your tribe and you do not organize drunken frat parties, you should be okay.
@VictorVenema Hello. Is there a community bot or other account I can follow to get a peek inside that community as it grows? Just to keep it on my radar. :)
Or if you post a reply from your other account there and it'll be easier to spontaneously click follow from my current interface.
Great idea btw.
As far as I can see you can see all members and if you click on them you can see all their toots. If not we should change that.
(If you copy the URL of someone's account in your own Mastodon instance search box, you will see the account and can easily follow.)
They are running a summer school with online talks by researchers in a little while for example.
@guysoft Frank is a former meteorologist. The first half of my scientific work I did meteorology, I guess, I measured clouds and modelled cloud structure. Nowadays I mainly do climate change.
Initially we thought of making an instance for the Earth sciences, but an instance for all sciences fits better to the Grassroots Review Journal system I am building. @GrassrootsReview
And you need a certain mass of people for an instance to work.
@VictorVenema What if you’re not a scientist per se (software developer) but just want to learn and read about science?
@ainent In case of software "publishing" would mean accepted conference contributions. There are other instances for people interested in science: scholar.social and scicomm.xyz.
As a developer you are just the person to make it possible to follow the local time line of other instances. I guess that is the main difference between being on librem.one and FediScience.
@ainent @VictorVenema You could use #RSS to follow the local instance timeline - https://docs.rsshub.app/en/social-media.html#mastodon-instance-timeline-local
@mpjgregoire Yes and yes. At least publishing engineers. I am a PhD in electrical engineering myself.
I am from The Netherlands and Frank is from Germany. Here we do not distinguish by default between science and humanities. It is all "Wetenschap". If you want to you can specify "Naturwissenschaft" "Geisteswissenschaft". So we did not consider some people may interpret the term FediScience as excluding them.
@VictorVenema I'm an engineer myself, though a practitioner moreso than a researcher. Research in applied science is still science, I think most people would agree.
Whether scholars in the humanities -- philosophers let us say -- consider their work to be "science" or not is something I don't really know. I suspect the philosophers would be willing to debate the issue.
@mpjgregoire philosophers are willing to debate anything. Whether philosophers (and mathematicians) are still scientists/wetenschappers would be a harder question, but they are also welcome.
@VictorVenema I just found the instance scholar.social and hope there will be good cross-linking between the two
@VictorVenema I see. I thought, people need to follow each other so that you can find stuff from other servers. I'm new to mastodon, still figuring out how all of this works :D
@Kavah That is true for the global timeline, which I personally hardly use; it is hard enough for me to keep up with my personal timeline.
It is called "global", but only shows the post known to the local server, which are the posts of people followed by people on your server.