NESTA - Science in Society

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The slides for a talk given to the NESTA Crucible Workshop on 28 June 2009. The talk aims to focus on the justifications for funding science and explore how to use web based technologies to improve the efficiency of research.

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NESTA - Science in Society

  1. 1. Science in Society
  2. 2. f or? Science in Society
  3. 3. Science in Society w ith
  4. 4. You are free to: Copy, share, adapt, or re-mix; Photograph, film, or broadcast; Blog, live-blog, or post video of; This presentation. Provided that: You attribute the work to its author and respect the rights and licenses associated with its components.
  5. 5. http://twitter.com/CameronNeylon/status/2325135458
  6. 6. http://twitter.com/hooHar/statuses/2325316519
  7. 7. http://twitter.com/larsjuhljensen/statuses/2315036730
  8. 8. ...so do great things right?
  9. 9. But what are the risks...?
  10. 10. If a million postdocs repeat a few million experiments… http://flickr.com/photos/heymans/480396810/
  11. 11. And 25% of those don’t work… http://flickr.com/photos/cliche/120070310/
  12. 12. …how much taxpayer’s money is that? http://flickr.com/photos/luismimunoznajar/2093185804/
  13. 13. more science funding...?
  14. 14. ...or another hospital? http://www.flickr.com/photos/27337026@N03/3088172200 CC-BY
  15. 15. UK scientists spend £12B of the taxpayer’s money http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeshlabotnik/2143212474 CC-BY
  16. 16. ...and government expects a return on that investment...
  17. 17. .....personal risks http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharif/2435403527/ CC-BY
  18. 18. ...failure
  19. 19. ...stress http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuartpilbrow/3345896050 CC-BY-SA
  20. 20. Everyone wants the same thing.
  21. 21. Maximum impact... http://www.flickr.com/photos/amardilo/3231427553 CC-BY
  22. 22. ...for minimum effort http://www.flickr.com/photos/cane_rosso/2166990212 CC-BY
  23. 23. How do you maximise efficiency in generating impact for your research?
  24. 24. What is... ttp://www.flickr.com/photos/schnurrbart/43568532/ CC-BY-SA ...?
  25. 25. Too much to read... http://www.flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn/2188277801 CC-BY
  26. 26. ...making the right connections http://www.flickr.com/photos/mararie/3313582639/ CC-BY-SA
  27. 27. In the last five years...? http://flickr.com/photos/stewart/461099066/ CC-BY
  28. 28. ...in the past 24 hours?
  29. 29. http://twitter.com/lostmoya/statuses/2314980897
  30. 30. http://is.gd/thMB
  31. 31. http://is.gd/thMB
  32. 32. Open record... http://onschallenge.wikispaces.com/Exp026
  33. 33. ...free services...anyone can participate.... http://tinyurl.com/ons-challenge-spreadsheet
  34. 34. ...and people do, bringing new skills and ideas http://oru.edu/cccda/sl/descriptorspace/ds.php
  35. 35. http://oru.edu/cccda/sl/descriptorspace/ds.php
  36. 36. http://slurl.com/secondlife/Drexel/165/178/24
  37. 37. The Polymath Project
  38. 38. 27 January 2009 http://gowers.wordpress.com/
  39. 39. 27 January 2009 February 1 2009 http://gowers.wordpress.com/
  40. 40. 27 January 2009 February 1 2009 March 10 2009 http://gowers.wordpress.com/
  41. 41. http://twitter.com/EvoMRI/statuses/2316110674
  42. 42. http://friendfeed.com
  43. 43. http://tinyurl.com/dku869
  44. 44. Pay it forward...
  45. 45. ...build your network
  46. 46. What about the public?
  47. 47. “...I worked at a 300-person nonprofit research institute with a small library. So there I was—a scientist and a taxpayer—desperate to read the results of work that I helped pay for...And yet either I could not get the papers or I had to pay to read them without knowing if they would be helpful...” Eisen JA (2008) PLoS Biology 2.0. PLoS Biol 6(2): e48
  48. 48. http://reddit.com/top 10:46 GMT 27/1/09
  49. 49. Public engagement...? http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielmorris/271592974/ CC-BY-SA
  50. 50. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbowen/2261256961/ What if she wasn’t just looking?
  51. 51. Not just papers, but ideas, web pages, data, materials, software
  52. 52. And if the cited objects are not open and available?
  53. 53. Research impact = Google PageRank
  54. 54. High PageRank = Wired into the network
  55. 55. =
  56. 56. Available
  57. 57. You can follow...
  58. 58. ...or lead
  59. 59. http://twitter.com/kjhaxton/statuses/2315252690
  60. 60. Enormous challenges...
  61. 61. Problems... http://www.flickr.com/photos/wili/1999071010 CC-BY
  62. 62. ...opportunities http://www.flickr.com/photos/traveleden/3172237692 CC-BY
  63. 63. Make your work available
  64. 64. Let others build...
  65. 65. ...to increase your impact
  66. 66. Be clear..and in context
  67. 67. You are free to: Copy, share, adapt, or re-mix; Photograph, film, or broadcast; Blog, live-blog, or post video of; This presentation. Provided that: You attribute the work to its author and respect the rights and licenses associated with its components.
  68. 68. Build your network...
  69. 69. ...its your most valuable asset
  70. 70. http://twitter.com/lorddrayson/statuses/2346918193

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