My #FollowFriday:s 2015

During 2015 I will each Friday try to highlight someone I find extra interesting among the Twitter usernames I (@kerfors) follow. I’ll try to pick favorites from both my domains of interest; technology and data science and also medicine and clinical research. And I’ll try to have a balance between men and women.


26 June, @BernHyland

I met Bernadette Hyland in early 2012. Bernadette is a thought leader in the global data interoperability community and editor of the Best Practice for Publsing Linked Data. It is inspiring to follow Bernadette’s recent adventures as a startup entrepreneur: GeoHealthUSE


12 June, @HansRosling

This weeks favorite is a high profile Swede; Hans Rosling. Earlier in the week he talked at the World Bank. I watched the talk on my way home from work. He talked about going beyond open data — factfulness. Here’s an example from one of many tweets during his talk from @tkb


5 June, @SusannahFox

Just before the Health Datapalooza 2015 event it was announced that Susannah Fox is the new CTO of HHS, see “Meet The Woman In Charge Of Making The U.S. Health Department Smarter”. In the end of the event Susannah asked for 2020 dreams and gather the dreams in a Storify


29 May, @subatomicdoc

Here’s a great interaction between the Twitter account of my company and Matthew Katz about the Oncology Tag Ontology with tags of special interest for my company such as #immunoonc. Matthew is a great source of interesting topics combining cancer care and social media.


22 May, @mrogati

An article I share with many others is: The Rise of the Data Natives by Monica Rogati. This week I’ve RT:ed two tweets from Monica: One challenging the notion of “data scientists spend to much time on data wrangling” and another one with a link to a nicely structured job description.


15 May, @EricTopol

Today I’ve added two names to my list: Eric Topol and David Shaywitz. Their feeds are excellent channels to keep up with things in the intersection between medicine and technology. Eric is also the author of a recent book “The patient will see you now”. Here’a a typical cool tweet from Eric.


15 May, @DShaywitz

My second add to my list this week is David Shaywitz. David is a frequent blogger/author in Forbes. I enjoy his thoughts from the aspect of “Entrepreneurial Innovation In Medicine”on things like Apple’s ResarchKit and Precision Medicine.


1 May, @hmkyale

One of people behind the Yoda project and on my Twitter list of experts on sharing of clinical trial data. His 5 rules from his keynote at Yale Healthcare Conference: “Translating Information into Innovation” did pop up in my head in a discussion this week.


24 April, @hadleybeeman

This week I’ve added two new names. My interest in linked data / semantic web has more and more also included open data. Hadley is a great open data advocate and she now in the W3C Technical Architecture Group. This week she draw my attentions to an import discussions of relevance for my interest in URI design.


24 April, @danbri

It’s almost 5 years since I started to use Twitter for professional awareness and interactions. Dan Brickley, now working for Google, was one of the first I started to follow. Dan works with two key standard initiatives that I try to follow closely: schema.org and “CSV on the web”.


10 April, @Felienne

This week Felienne Hermans is kicking off the MOOC: “Data Analysis to the MAX()” on edX. See the course Twitter account: @EX101x . I’m looking forward to, finally, learn more about using Excel. This week Felienne’s research was also in the news


27 March, @egonwillighagen

Egon Willighagen was on of the first I followed when I joined Twitter. I’ve learned a lot from Egon: using my ID as researcher (ORCID) in my Twitter profile. And also using IFTTT (“If This Then That”) to cross post between e.g. CiteULike and Twitter when sharing and saving citations to academic papers, such as this one:


20 March, @SaraRiggare

I like Sara Riggare’s introduction as being a Chief Patient Officer. Sara is also one of the teachers in the upcoming MOOC from Karolinska Institutet/eDX: eHealth — Opportunities and Challenges. This week I picked up a response with a nice illustration from Sara about calling participants in clinical trials “subjects”:


13 March, @wilbanks

John Wilbank’s tag line: I like making it easy to share thing, is extra nice this week as John’s work on the Participant-Centric Consent is a key part enabling medical research studies apps using Apple’s framework called ResearchKit.


6 March, @TrishWhetzel

Trish Whetzel and I have met IRL at a couple of conferences so it’s always nice to see her tweets. Trish tweets about several topics including wearables. We both enjoy following events remotely so here’s a ping from Trish about the big event this week: Mobile World Congress.


20 Feb, 1) @BecomingDataSci

This week I have two new names on my list. First is Renee who has a nice Twitter handle and I really like her personal feed about her journey to become a Data Scientist. I did feel the same as her this week when the big Strata + Haddop conference took place in San Jose:


20 Feb, 2) @dpatil

This week DJ Patil, America’s First Chief Data Scientist was introduced at the Strata + Hadoop conference by President Obama. There was also an intersting title on the article about him in Wired: Goverment is “more data-driven than most companies”.


13 Feb, @andrewsu

I’ve been following Andrew Su for a while. A tweet eralier this week mentioning wikidata, i.e. the data backend to wikipedia, took me to an excellent presentation by Andrew. Beside an excellent intro to wikidata I also learned about another citizen science / crowdsourcing experiment from Andrew and his team: Mark2Cure.


6 Feb, @RebarInter

On my Twitter list of ClinicalTrialExpert is Rebar Interactive. It is the founder, Rahlyn Gossen, who tweets. Rahlyn writes nice blog posts. Recently she tweeted about a pre-conference post she written for a conference arranged by Partnerships in Clinical Trials.


https://twitter.com/RebarInter

30 Jan, @aaranged

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is not a core interest of mine, but by following Aaron Bradley I learn a lot about e.g. Google’s Knowledge Graph. Aaron’s recent tweet points to his blog on Google’s use of JSON-LD, a serialization of RDF, that is Linked Data in developer-friendly JSON.


23 Jan, @hildabast

One of my favorite bloggers, Hilda Bastian, has a nice feed keeping me up to date on open access, statistics, epidemiology and effectiveness research. I love her cartoon blog Statistically Funny. This week Hilda tweeted about her blogpost with advices such as live-tweeting at conferences to make real-life connections.


16 Jan, @nicolastorzec

This nice “folkabuss” always makes me curious when it comes up in my Twitter-feed. This week Nicolas Torzec draw my attention to an interview with @chrishwiggins, an interesting data scientist. Linking to a 1 hour video and slides from a his talk at Harvard.