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.

This will be/stay my private, sometimes German and local () 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 what if you're researching drunken frat parties?

Okay okay, I'll show myself out… ^^

@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.

@human_equivalent @VictorVenema Hi Björn, not sure what kind of community bot you are thinking of. One that boosts all local toots?

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.)

@VictorVenema @VictorVenema I don't know myself, I had nothing in specific in mind. Something that boosts all toots sounds a bit too spammy. :)

Yup, sure, that's true, I just wanted to sand down that awkward step. I think the less friction there is the faster it'll grow.

@VictorVenema can it be accepted as self-taught at that instance? Because I am interested.

@pettter What kind of collaboration are your thinking off?

They are running a summer school with online talks by researchers in a little while for example.

@pettter @VictorVenema I was just about to request: Please be well moderated.

And I feel like @socrates take on how to run a scholarly server is a very good one.

@maloki Agree, that strong moderation is important to make the most people feel welcome. As we are still small and scientists are reasonably well-behaved, we did not have to do any moderation on our own instance yet. So the future will show how well we do.
@pettter @socrates

@VictorVenema I did not notice this was 1 year old when I messaged earlier. 😅

@maloki It is a strange post. Sometimes someone boosts it and it explodes again.

@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: and

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 and FediScience.

@VictorVenema Are researchers in the humanities welcome? Engineers?

@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.

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