A couple of weeks ago I went to the excellent Move Or Perish—Scientific Trajectories, Inclusion, And Inequality, And Their Consequences For Transformative Science workshop in Vienna. While getting ready for it, I found myself asking some familiar questions. Who are the speakers? What is their background? How to best contextualise the topics being discussed?
Nowadays scientists tend specialise in highly niche areas, so it doesn't take much for people to feel they are getting out of their confort zone, when attending a conference. So many times I wish I had an automated digital conference assistant.
These are big question I know, but I wonder if a simple piece of software could help. To put it simply, a software that would sift through the available online information about the speakers and the conference topics - and give it back to me while I'm attending a talk or event.
The basic workflow is:
For example, see below a resulting co-authorship network of the Move Or Perish workshop speakers.
The source file also available on Github: 2022-06-17-conference-assistant-queries-SHARED.ipynb
Cite this blog post:
Humana Mente, Journal of Philosophical Studies, 13, May 2010. Issue 13