Twitter Coverage of the ISMB/ECCB Conference 2017

Search all the hashtags

ISMB (Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology – which sounds rather old-fashioned now, doesn’t it?) is the largest conference for bioinformatics and computational biology. It is held annually and, when in Europe, jointly with the European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB).

I’ve had the good fortune to attend twice: in Brisbane 2003 (very enjoyable early in my bioinformatics career, but unfortunately the seed for the “no more southern hemisphere meetings” decision), and in Toronto 2008. The latter was notable for its online coverage and for me, the pleasure of finally meeting in person many members of the online bioinformatics community.

The 2017 meeting (and its satellite meetings) were covered quite extensively on Twitter. My search using a variety of hashtags based on “ismb”, “eccb”, “17” and “2017” retrieved 9052 tweets, which form the basis of this summary. Code and raw data can be found at Github.

Usually I just let these reports speak for themselves but in this case, I thought it was worth noting a few points:
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ISMB/ECCB 2009 reports

Great to see more reports describing the use of online tools to cover scientific meetings. Here are the publications, from PLoS Computational Biology:

Live Coverage of Scientific Conferences Using Web Technologies.
doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000563

Live Coverage of Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology/European Conference on Computational Biology (ISMB/ECCB) 2009.
doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000640

And here’s Ally a.k.a the robo-blogger on Social Networking and Guidelines for Life Science Conferences.

Looks like we’ve started a trend, long may it continue at future meetings.