Science Communication on Steem - News and Updates from the SteemSTEM Summer

in steemstem •  16 days ago

Despite many of the team members having been away this summer, we have had a VERY busy July and August. As such we are especially pleased to update you, our vibrant community, about the status of all on-going SteemSTEM activities and actions during this time.

For the past several months, SteemSTEM has been marching towards its grand goal of building a novel science communication medium running on the Steem blockchain. We all recognize that science communication is a vital force worldwide and we believe Steem has a significant role to play in this space, through SteemSTEM.

Several decisions have been made to assist this in becoming a reality, and here we will describe each in full. Briefly, we are finalizing the development of a stand alone SteemSTEM app, SteemSTEM has now become fully active on other social media platforms and our curation guidelines have been updated in order to more effectively attract science bloggers and research institute press offices to Steem.

Finally, in continuing our trend of holding meetups in crazy (sciency) places, we are looking forward to a successful up-coming meetup at Virgo Labs.


The SteemSTEM App


In order to increase the visibility of high quality posts in any of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) topics, nothing will allow us to be more effective than a custom-tailored user interface.

The first beta version of our application should be released within about 10-15 days, and on this SteemSTEM platform, only posts supported by SteemSTEM curators along with those of white-listed high quality content creating authors, will be visible. This content selectivity will ensure we are able to present the world with a level of STEM quality in order to effectively attract:

  • Any potential investor who sees the value in monitization incentives (Steem) as an aid in effective science communicating.
  • Any top-notch science blogger and field expert who would enjoy the unique support of their work that only Steem can provide.
  • Any individual interested in learning/reading about fascinating, fact based, cutting edge STEM content.

With such an app at hand, we will be able to start touring research institute press offices from all over the world to bring them to Steem, showing them the varied advantages of using Steem as a tool for spreading news about what their research groups are doing. By making state-of-the-art research communications available on Steem, we will set the precedent of the Steem blockchain as a primary source of scientific information.

We hence aim to offer a space where both STEM professionals and passionate bloggers can freely distribute their knowledge in a social media environment that actively promotes and rewards them. With one long-term goal being to incentivise the direct communication between experts and interested viewers; helping to reduce the number of inaccuracies in reporting of STEM content, generated by journalists' interpretations of data that are so prevalent today.


SteemSTEM on other social media


We have recently created SteemSTEM accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so that we have a way to provide updates about all new trending articles according to our standards and our actions to the outside world (i.e. anything lying outside the Steem ecosystem).

We believe that anything shared on Steem should not stay on Steem. Science communication is vital and information should be spread on a wider level, across the borders of Steem.

By expanding SteemSTEM beyond the frontiers of the Steem blockchain, we provide incentives for STEM experts and bloggers to communicate their work to the mainstream audiences both on a platform that rewards them, and through other mainstream media as a bonus.


Curation and honor members


Our curation team decides on the voting strength a post should receive amongst four levels: small (encouragement and motivation), medium (informative post), standard (post that goes beyond providing information about a given topic), high (discussion of state-of-the-art research, or something that cannot be found elsewhere).

Such rules allow us to provide our strongest support to universities, research institutes and STEM professionals on Steem who are the ones providing information that cannot necessarily be found elsewhere. In addition, STEM aficionados also get supported to a good extent when sharing their passion.

We have moreover set up a team of motivated and engaged honor members providing help and guidance for writing interesting and well-referenced STEM posts respecting copyrights. They furthermore motivate each member of the community to engage with each other, handle complaints and questions and help to track scammers and plagiarists.


Implication on Steem


As SteemSTEM runs on Steem, it is important to also work to support the Steem blockchain, without which none of our goals would be achievable.

To this aim, we are currently setting up a SteemSTEM witness and planning to deploy an RPC full node.

We will provide more information when we will be ready and when the server setup will be finalized, in the upcoming weeks.


Meet us in Italy, at Virgo Labs


To finish this status update post, let us remind that about 30 people will visit Virgo Labs in 3 weeks time. This research institute is one of the few places in the world tracking and detecting gravitational waves.

After having organized our first meetup inside the LHC, we naturally moved to another place important for science: a laboratory connected to the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics. We are looking forward to this meetup, organized with our friends from Utopian.io. News, stories and pictures will be shared with those unfortunately not attending.

If you want to help us with the meetup organization, please do not hesitate to support us through our fundition campaign.


[ Video credits: @gtg ]


See you all next Monday for the next SteemSTEM distilled!

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Woot! There's an app! This is a giant stride for the community! Feels great to be alive! The witness bit is also welcome, we've been expectant.

And thanks to @gtg for that short video there. We appreciate it a lot!

Onward, steemstem.

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AS you can see, we have many things in the steemstem suitcase! More news asap! :D

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Stoked! 😎
Let's Keep 'em rollin'

Waoo, steemstem app. What more can we ask for.
This will be great, can't wait

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I don't know. Please just ask, and we will see :D

Wow, this is really exciting! The app looks like the perfect way to bring other academics and researcher to the platform. Thank you to everyone involved in its creation, I will plug it heavily!

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Yep, what is important is to exhibit a nice window on the (STEM) content, including filters to remove anything that would not suit our standards.

I've always longed for a steemstem witness. Now it's about to happen I'm super excited to hear about it. The steemstem UI is awesome, a change from the boring steemit UI :)

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September will be great: the app, probably the witness, the meetup, etc. I am looking forward to it.

This is amazing news. Looking forward to it. I don't know if the app will have this feature, but a lot of my non steemian friends have asked if they could follow the science blogs on Steem via Google or Facebook accounts. I think this feature will be a plus for many readers who loved, but don't Indulge in writing. Moreover I loved that you are going to promote it to media and press of research institutes. I think it would be amazing if we have them sharing research news on steemstem platform.

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Via facebook for sure as we have an official facebook page (just follow the link provided in the post). For google, we have nothing. Tagging @katerinaramm here. She will tell whether this could be considered.

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Thanks for the tag! We can consider creating a google plus page, thank you @scienceblocks!

Awesome!
Now that's I'm looking for. It's become so easy to get all stem content in one place .

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The best content that we found is already automatically resteemed by @steemstem (with the exception o the posts of the team).

Exciting stuff!

Resteemed! :)

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Thanks a lot! This is very appreciated!

That app sounds fantastic. Can't wait to see all this hard work pay off.

Waiting for our very own app. The new interface will surely attract science enthusiasts from outside the steem community. Wishing a big booming launch!

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I hope so too! :D

What a wonderful idea!!!! Congrats!

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Great!! I love the invention of the app.

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It is more a development than an invention :)

Hello @steemstem

This is certainly a good development for STEM community and what a great roadmap the team is fashioning out for this. This will certainly take STEM world by storm and escalate the adoption of steem cryptocurrency, bringing more value to the whole ecosystem.

Briefly, we are finalizing the development of a stand alone SteemSTEM app, SteemSTEM has now become fully active on other social media platforms and our curation guidelines have been updated in order to more effectively attract science bloggers and research institute press offices to Steem.

Good to hear about all the efforts. Kudos

...we will be able to start touring research institute press offices from all over the world to bring them to Steem, showing them the varied advantages of using Steem as a tool for spreading news about what their research groups are doing...

I see a future where true members of stem community are motivated to pay visits to STEM related facilities to talk about how they can work with @steemstem towards pushing cutting edge research works to the fore.

To this aim, we are currently setting up a SteemSTEM witness and planning to deploy an RPC full node.

Very timely. Kudos yet again!

Regards

@eurogee

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Thanks for your nice words, as always! :)

it is great then to know that despite the odds, the platform was still very interesting.

Brilliant work guys. I can't wait to try the new app!

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You still will have to wait a bit (this was an easy one).

Yehh!! Our own user interface is about to be unleashed. And the steemSTEM witness is gonna be a mega hit.
Hail steemSTEM!

I see this as a great development. I'm sure it's going to be a great app. It will be an avenue to reach out to the entire world.

It's a beautiful concept. Thumbs up, guys!

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Thanks for the very nice comment. I hope this will be a great app! Fingers are crossed! Normally the app will be out by the meetup.

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how can i help .....

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No other better ways to push steem than this. Great time ahead.

read it well. I will follow you.

Fantastico for me it is an honor to be part of this prestigious team :D

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And we are glad to have you! ^^

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The first beta version of our application should be released within about 10-15 days

WoW! I cant wait to see it!!!!

With such an app at hand, we will be able to start touring research institute press offices from all over the world to bring them to Steem, showing them the varied advantages of using Steem as a tool for spreading news about what their research groups are doing.

Great ! <3

To this aim, we are currently setting up a SteemSTEM witness and planning to deploy an RPC full node.

Exciting news!!!!! I am high now!

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As I said to someone else, you will still need a little bit of patience. But we are coming! :D

Wow great going @steemstem .

When you seen this, you know that this project goes up faster. This is nice.

Super happy to see this movement. Thanks for everything you do to push the community forward!

This is one of the best news since I joined this great project (aside from when steem got to $8). The steemstem community has worked so hard to promote steem and this just took a beautiful turn. Happy that we now have a released date for the app (I was thinking it would be at the steemfest) and the witness node sounds refreshing. Great work guys, let's do this!

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We hope to be able to share even newer developments by the steemfest time! Everything we announce here is more for September-October.

Thanks for your nice message!

informative post..carry on... good job..

Woot! Woot! Looking forward to that special user interface!

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we will make a fuss about it when becoming beta and public. You can count on us ^^

With the explosion of SMTs and apps, front-ends to the blockchain are going to be a major necessity for most serious communities. Way to go staying ahead of the curve here. I also appreciate any efforts to keep this blockchain-based, but not blockchain-constrained. Annnnd, anything that makes science writing on the blockchain more 'respectable' is very welcome.

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SMTs consist also in something we are discussing for a year. But this is definitely more on the long run as we first need to wait the SMTs to be out :D

We contribute as we can to make things better, as a band of passionate people, together with the entre community ^^

pardon my french but it sounds a bit elitist ... i know its not meant like that but to have a few people decide what is content and what is not , thats not really something i can wrap my head around because its prone to bias, althoug i fully understand simpy up and downvoting also brings out the lesser parts of mankind .

When you say "app" it sounds like "phone" ... so i hope its not just "phone"
is it ?

ah .. hm well, i have my opinion ready, if you were to ask me for the solution on the holy grail of content i'd say "none" or maybe yea i love that one ever since i read it.

I don't think anyone can grow up in a nanny state as my sig on slashdot has been saying for years before satoshi lol ..(well not THAT many before but well) so the solution is to have people go LOOK FOR IT , not having a few selectors tell them what they "should"

that's my solution, which is not a yes/no but i dont believe the universe is digital either, you can not box it into ones and zeroes so why would people be different ?
I'd think with the advent of quantum mechanics the fact that there is no zero or 100 % would become more and more clear but

perception is reality :D

(well you know me by now, right :p a little bit)

Congratulation https://steemit.com/@steemstem This post is actually very nicepexels-photo-357189.jpeg