The multimedia is the multifaceted message

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Raymond Nakamura and Lisa Willemse, Multimedia co-editors

‘Multimedia’ almost sounds like a quaint term from the time before the Internet, when you might do a slide presentation accompanied by music on your ghetto blaster. These days, however, many things seem to fit the multimedia moniker.


Original cartoon by Raymond Nakamura.

Most of the Science Borealis subject categories are defined by their content, as the majority of the blogs focus on words, with pictures thrown in for decoration. The multimedia subject category, however, focuses on the different ways in which science content is delivered, such as through The Most Amazing Science Photos of 2013, or at Art in Awe of Science. Whatever the content focus, blogs in this category are using more than the written word to communicate science.

We are looking for more science multimedia blogs, however you interpret it. The tools to produce multimedia are becoming more accessible than ever – all you need to get started is a smartphone or tablet and some cool apps, and voila!

You may not be a video superstar like Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield or Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, but perhaps you’re making cool independent science videos, like these StemCellShorts videos created by Ben Paylor and Mike Long.

Your podcasts may not be posted by the mother corporation’s Quirks and Quarks or the Canadian Space Agency, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear them, like those at Experimental Podcast.

Think you’re ‘only’ drawing science comics on the backs of paper napkins in your spare time? We want to see your work just as much as that of the delightful Canadian web artist Kate Beaton, who has created historical comics in Hark! A Vagrant – and sometimes does some on science, too.

So if you like your video, audio, or other art forms with a side of maple-flavoured science, join us at Science Borealis. Looking forward to featuring more of you on our next multimedia highlights post!

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