Many of the sessions at the 2011 Science Online Conference dealt with collaboration between scientists and people in information science and librarianship. Only about half of the 20 videos have been loaded so far, but these three sessions from Saturday, January15th are ready for your viewing pleasure.
The way that science is done is radically changing. The digital age has transformed the means in which we collate, create and curate and disseminate information – from scholarly articles and datasets to protocols and biological materials. But there still remain gaps in fully utilizing technology, and we’re not nearly there yet. Many of the existing tools are inadequate, clunky, or not designed with the users needs in mind. This session will explore the underlying infrastructure, tools and technology needed by researchers to help make their everyday work more efficient.
Funding agencies are increasingly calling upon researchers to make data available beyond that shared in publications. Without guidelines stipulating deposit in specific repositories, responsibility for developing data management plans falls upon researchers and institutions. Join Kiyomi Deards, Molly Keener, and Steve Koch for a moderated discussion of how researchers and institutional constituents can collaborate to ensure sustainable data management strategies are developed.
There’s been a lot of talk about open science — the need to not only make all science publications open-access, but to change current research, publication, and reputational structures to take full advantage of the internet, and to accelerate and enrich the flow and development of scientific data, idea, findings, and discussion. But what’s holding us back? What changes need be made to ensure a) free and open access to scientific results and publications and b) a more free, open, faster flow of scientific information? Can we just start publishing papers on blogs and let the hivemind replace peer review? Do open notebooks really work? How can we encourage scientists to contribute by reviewing and commenting on others’ work rather than focusing just on “the paper”? We’ll discuss these questions, as well as a) where the current bottlenecks are b) key functions served by current structures (such as publishing, peer review, and credit/reputation systems) that need to be replaced in an open system; and c) ideas and efforts already underway to serve those new functions.