It’s a new year, and Digital Science is hitting the road.

First on the list (for me, at least) is Science Online North Carolina, organised by Bora Zivkovic and Anton Zuiker in the Research Triangle. This is their fifth annual meeting, held from 13-15 January on a wide range of topics on science and the Web. The event has evolved over the years from its roots in scientific blogging and communication, and we’re pleased to join the program this year. This will be my first Science Online (NC), having had missed it previously due to last minute scheduling issues. I’m ecstatic I’m able to make it this year and look forward to joining the conversation.

Speaking of conversation, I’ll be leading a discussion session first thing Saturday morning at 9 am EST. The session is called “The Digital Toolbox: What’s Needed?” and will explore how we can better use technology to our advantage and make research more efficient. Science and technology have been inextricably linked for quite some time, but there still remain gaps in fully utilising the potential technology presents to truly accelerating and enhancing scientific research. My hope in this session is to engage the group in a discussion to help identify the remaining pain points and inefficiencies and explore the underlying infrastructure, tools and technology needed. I hope you’ll join me.

The rest of the agenda is chock-full of thought-provoking sessions, with offerings for those interested more in science communication, data issues, and even a few this year on Open Science, citation and alt-metrics that I’m especially looking forward to. Bora and Anton have done a fantastic job at making this an event that caters to a wide breadth of interest, expertise, age, etc — not an easy task. I encourage you all to have a look.

Can’t make the event? Never fear. Most of the sessions will be livestreamed and available here on the “Watch” page. (Note, the session are in EST, so plan accordingly.) You can also follow on twitter: the conference hashtag is #scio11, and I’ll be tweeting at @kaitlin-thaney and @digitalsci. Keep an eye out for news on the London-based Science Online in the coming days, as well.

More to come from the road in the coming days, from both Science Online NC and the next stop on the trip – “Beyond the PDF” in San Diego, CA. Will you be in attendance? If so, I hope you’ll come say hello.