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Mastodon works by aggregating people in distinct servers that are connected in a horizontal network, where people can interact freely.

In research, scientists usually work in research centers and collaborate worldwide in a distributed network.

The two things overlap nicely and could be potentially synergic. If we concentrated our efforts on building a Mastodon instance in every big research institution, we may grow a federated scientific network that is free from commercial apps.

@linus It would be wonderful if universities and research institutes would offer everyone a Mastodon account, just like they automatically give everyone an email account.

But I have no idea how to make that happen. Just a friendly email to the calculation center will probably not work.

@linus Fediverse.party mentions several universities. We could ask them how the got this done.
fediverse.party/en/portal/serv

mastodon.mit.edu
for the MIT community

mastodon.ocf.berkeley.edu
for Berkeley students, faculty, and staff

mastodon.acc.sunet.se
by Academic Computer Club at Umeå University, Sweden

mastodon.utwente.nl
for the University of Twente community

metu.life
for METU university of Turkey

@VictorVenema as for now, a good option might be to start by connecting all the science-related instances, promote the creation of new servers and elaborate a common strategy.

@linus It may be a good idea to write everyone on the fediverse.party list an email and see if there is interest in knowledge exchange. Especially to hear from the university instances how they got this going.

@VictorVenema Yeah, that would be great. I am rather naive with this stuff and I don't know how admins coordinate with each other.

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