Scholarly communication in the Fediverse


Convener: Jennifer Miller (@JMMaok@mastodon.online)

Participants who chose to record their names here:

  • Mastodon instances with a scholarly focus:
    • BBC experiments
    • fediscience.org
    • scholar.social
    • scicomm.xyz
    • Mathstodon.xyz
    • Histodons.social
    • Is membership open or screened for academic status?
    • University-specific instances
  • Lists of scholars, lists of lists of scholars…
    • Scholars researching Fediverse
    • Robert W. Gehl
    • Ethan Zuckerman

Discussion notes, key understandings, outstanding questions, observations, and, if appropriate to this discussion: action items, next steps:

I’m happy to loosely facilitate discussion around any of these topics, and others you may suggest. Given the many other interesting sessions in this time slot, though, you are also welcome to contribute directly by text to the notes:

Scholarly communication on the Fediverse beyond Mastodon

Bonfire open science

Timeline-based social media like Mastodon makes it hard to have long-running or in-depth conversation

Lemmy-style forums may be better for that

Possibly something more wikipedia-style

Chaos of the Fediverse, not knowing what to expect

Universities on the Fediverse and experiences (trying to) get a university on the Fediverse

Some universities on Mastodon

MIT community / alumni

Universities list their social media

Should focus be institution vs. individual?

Possibly do both at same time

Newsmast has academics and universities as a target audience

Newsmast connection to University of Oxford

Protection, trust and safety important to institutions

Complexities for researchers (especially early career) of university-based social media

Universities as authoritative endorsers of platforms

Teaching with the Fediverse?


Journals and scholarly publishers on the Fediverse and experiences (trying to) get a them on the Fediverse

Scholarly societies

Experience of advocating to leave Twitter, seek a replacement.

Live-posting conferences

  • Additional hosting for posters?
  • Tie multiple media together through hashtags in a persistent way
  • Threads 5-minute delay to federate to Fediverse

The Fediverse - for which scholars is it sufficient? Which scholars benefit from having it as a complement to other social media?

What does the Fediverse need to better serve as a venue for scholarly communications?

Bringing Fediverse to scholarly / academic markets

Perhaps need senior rather than junior folks to advocate

Reach and metrics