This Saturday scientists and science advocates will march on Washington in a call for science-based policies and a public celebration of science. But what happens next? AAAS and Trellis are committed to providing opportunities for participants to continue to engage with science advocacy and public engagement.
In September 2016 The National Science Foundation (NSF) issued the first round of awards for the NSF INCLUDES program. It gave out 37 pilot grants and 11 conference grants to applicants who seek to improve access to STEM education and career pathways for under-represented minorities. Trellis is excited to be a part of the INCLUDES initiative – contributing to it in two ways. Firstly, we’re providing the platform for synthesizing insights and reflections across the projects involved in the pilot phase of the program, using a private Trellis group for INCLUDES grantees. Secondly, several members of the Trellis team are involved with hosting one of the INCLUDES conferences.
This Wednesday, April 12th AAAS is hosting a three-day NSF-sponsored INCLUDES conference entitled: “The Technical and Human Infrastructure to Support Collective Impact of the INCLUDES Program at the Alliance and Network Levels”. The conference is being coordinated by Trellis’s founding general manager, Josh Freeman, Trellis’ Director for Community Engagement, Lou Woodley and AAAS Director of Education and Human Resources Programs Shirley Malcom. We’ll be delving deeper into the tools and communication needs of the pilot projects and how these might scale in order to successfully create an NSF INCLUDES National Network Backbone.
Over 70 participants are expected at the conference, with at least 25 different pilot projects represented. Items on the agenda include insights from the Science of Team Science movement and discussion of a pre-conference survey which looked at the current tools and communication patterns of the pilot grantees. Stay tuned as we report back on those conversations next week.
2017 has been an exciting year for Trellis. We’ve seen record numbers of users logging in and engaging a rise in weekly active groups. We’ve also launched new groups for AAAS members interested in science advocacy and Trellis group admins. Beyond these site-wide metrics, a number of individual Trellis groups have also hit membership milestones this year. Join us in celebrating these growing communities.
One of our founding values at Trellis is our commitment to training and supporting community managers in their efforts to nurture their communities. We knew from the start of this project that you can build a desirable toolset, but without dedicated group admins, it’s hard, if not impossible, to see groups thrive.
What’s more, community management matters regardless of the type of group involved. It could be a community of interest, gathering loosely around a particular topic. Or it could be a community of practice, wishing to advance and develop skills together. Or it could be a specific collaboration with defined goals and deliverables. In all cases, a skilled community manager will bring out the best in the group.
And that’s why, today, we’re delighted to launch a new group specifically for those running Trellis groups: The Trellis Admin Community.
Posted by Joshua Freeman, Founding General Manager at Trellis
Recently, leading STM publishing analyst Outsell produced a report on Scholarly Collaboration Networks, a category within which they place Trellis. It was a lot of fun to have the chance to speak with their analyst and have a chance to tell her the Trellis story. But my favorite part was what she had to say about us when the report finally came out:
“Trellis is one to watch as it strengthens its user base and appeal to various stakeholders across the scientific community.”– Outsell
Here are a few more of the key takeaways from the report:
What does it mean to be a member-facing organization – or to belong to one? Engaging more with our members has been a key element of the Transformation Initiative that AAAS has undertaken over the past several years, with an emphasis on digital first, member-centric products and services.
Posted by Joshua Freeman, Founding General Manager at Trellis
Two years ago, on a day so cold I could barely feel my fingers, let alone text with them, I stood in line outside Dominique Anselm Bakery in New York (birthplace of the cronut), talking to the developers who were putting the final touches on the first release of Trellis. It was a moment of hope and anxiety.
Time flies when you’re having fun! A year ago we launched Trellis, the new platform for scientific communication and collaboration, into a private beta. Launched as a “minimum viable product,” Trellis had a basic set of features including professional profiles, newsfeeds, discussions, and group hierarchies. We launched with just a couple of groups, including Public Engagement with Science and Tools for Evidence-Based Action, and a hundred or so members.
A year later, how different things look. We now have around 6,000 members from across disciplines and around the world. One of our favorite moments of the year happened during a demo with an interested scientist from New Zealand. When we asked him how he had heard of Trellis, he said “Well, I was at a conference in Hanoi and someone was talking about it.” You know what they say (roughly paraphrased) – “if they’re talking about you in Hanoi …”
Two weeks ago we announced the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows program. Following on from that, Program Director (and Trellis’ Community Engagement Director) Lou Woodley answered some great questions from Matt Shipman on the Communication Breakdown blog. The conversation is cross-posted below.
Hello world! Today we’re excited to unveil the Trellis blog, which gives us the opportunity to share a bit more about what we’re building with Trellis.
Trellis is a brand new communication and collaboration platform for the scientific community – built and operated by AAAS. We’re currently in a private beta period, adding new features, and refining the existing functionality on a monthly basis, but we already are growing, with nearly 5,000 users. These users are engaged in groups ranging from individual research labs to NSF-funded multi-institutional consortia to STEM education reform to communities of practice around public engagement with science. Continue reading Introducing Trellis – a new communication and collaboration platform for the scientific community→