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The slides for a talk given at Leicester University Genetics Department on 14 October 2009

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  • The Web as a Tool Rather Than a Threat
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidcjones/1422043515
  • About me.
  • I live in Bath http://www.flickr.com/photos/andypowe11/3915450391
  • I work at RAL
  • I get up in the morning http://www.flickr.com/photos/andypowe11/3251538402
  • ...and catch a train http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattbuck007/3710451826
  • ...and a bus
  • I work on... Wikimedia Commons Wikimedia Commons Succinate_Dehydrogenase_1YQ3_and_Membrane.png MGMT BDNA_1T38.png
  • ...and get to do cool stuff
  • Mixture of small-lab work...
  • ...and big facility experiments
  • Lots of reading... http://www.flickr.com/photos/loty/326761635
  • ...meetings... http://www.flickr.com/photos/amagill/38961674
  • ...too much travel... http://www.flickr.com/photos/22819720@N02/2306780847
  • ...which leads to too much of this
  • http://flickr.com/photos/cliche/120070310/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/amagill/38961674
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/loty/326761635
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattbuck007/3710451826
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/andypowe11/3251538402
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/22819720@N02/2306780847
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidcjones/1422043515
  • The first step... http://www.flickr.com/photos/laprimadonna/3611292727/
  • ...is to admit we have http://www.flickr.com/photos/schnurrbart/43568532/ CC-BY-SA
  • Submissions to Genbank 100,000,000,000 75,000,000,000 50,000,000,000 25,000,000,000 0 1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006
  • Average Capacity of Human Scientist 5.00 3.75 2.50 1.25 0 1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006
  • The human scientist (that’s us) Does. Not. Scale.
  • The web scales
  • Those things you hate about the web?
  • ...these just show how well the web scales
  • The web is full of pieces of other people’s work
  • I iz ur band hangin in ur gel ...so why doesn’t this work better for science?
  • Partly the tools... http://www.flickr.com/photos/hinkelstone/1357630710
  • ...size of the community... http://www.flickr.com/photos/craigcloutier/3818784742
  • ...and attitude http://flickr.com/photos/zanotti/314391903/ CC-BY
  • Let’s start with the tools... http://www.flickr.com/photos/flattop341/1085739925
  • Are there any good web tools for science...?
  • Literature management
  • ...but this is just aggregation
  • Where’s the network? http://www.flickr.com/photos/luc/2515255357
  • Question #1
  • Does it do something useful? http://www.flickr.com/photos/vrogy/514733529
  • If it doesn’t. It isn’t.
  • Question #2
  • Does it work for your group?
  • If it doesn’t work here... http://www.flickr.com/photos/respres/2476519142
  • ...then it won’t work here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mararie/3313582639/ CC-BY-SA
  • Question #3
  • Is there a community that is useful to you there?
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/dullhunk/3746501010
  • http://search.twitter.com/search?q=stephen_curry+cameronneylon
  • ...and if not are you prepared to build one?
  • The skill for the 21st century scientist? http://www.flickr.com/photos/victoriapeckham/164175205
  • Network wiring and maintenance http://www.flickr.com/photos/sneddon/2415792655
  • A lot of the noise...
  • ...is maintaining connections
  • You have to build it... http://www.flickr.com/photos/luc/2515255357
  • Founder effects.
  • But does it work?
  • An assertion.
  • I am made aware of every significant document released and every funding opportunity in Europe and North America relating to web based social tools for science, open access publication, and data policies within 48 hours of their release.
  • Without active searching.
  • http://friendfeed.com
  • http://tinyurl.com/dku869
  • Pulling items from external services via RSS
  • A shared social net
  • Sharing the load http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/2941559903 CC-BY
  • http://tinyurl.com/friendfeed-mthk-request
  • 27 January 2009 http://gowers.wordpress.com/
  • 27 January 2009 February 1 2009 http://gowers.wordpress.com/
  • 27 January 2009 February 1 2009 March 10 2009 http://gowers.wordpress.com/ Nature, 15 October 2009
  • Hundreds of thousands...
  • http://onschallenge.wikispaces.com/Exp026
  • http://tinyurl.com/ons-challenge-spreadsheet
  • http://oru.edu/cccda/sl/descriptorspace/ds.php
  • http://slurl.com/secondlife/Drexel/165/178/24
  • 200 individual measurements (plus 70 literature values) 20 researchers in four countries One undergraduate chemistry class $6000 funding (for prizes and chemicals)
  • Beautiful Data O’Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, research, and conferences. Get the information you need from the experts you trust; visit www.oreilly.com to purchase this book. Get 30% OFF the print or ebook version of this book by entering discount code ABF09 at checkout. Beautiful Data Edited by Toby Segaran & Jeff Hammerbacher July 2009, ISBN 9780596157111 382 pages, $44.99 Spreading the knowledge of innovators oreilly.com ©2009 O’Reilly Media, Inc. O’Reilly logo is a registered trademark of O’Reilly Media, Inc. 90562
  • Rapid.
  • Efficient.
  • Superficial?
  • Lost in the stream... http://flickr.com/photos/jason_burmeister/2053139930 CC-BY
  • http://flickr.com/photos/virtualsugar/316200555/ CC-BY
  • But if your objects are not open and available?
  • The more you publish, the more embedded in the network
  • Small, specific, examples. Relatively, few big wins
  • And limited to certain domains
  • 100% 50%
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  • 100% 50%
  • 100% 50%
  • 100% We are still around here... 50%
  • ...but the network is growing
  • 4 3 50% 2 1
  • 100% 50%
  • 4 3 50% 2 1
  • So what to do?
  • What is your problem?
  • Is there a good tool? http://www.flickr.com/photos/flattop341/1085739925
  • Does it suit you/your group? http://www.flickr.com/photos/micha2305/2706588290/
  • Is there a community? http://www.flickr.com/photos/laffy4k/88836657
  • Are you willing to build one? http://www.flickr.com/photos/nihilenz/2545518545
  • Choose to publish more
  • This is not going away
  • Learn to cope.
  • Threat or opportunity?
  • Cameron.Neylon@stfc.ac.uk http://blog.openwetware.org/scienceintheopen http://slideshare.net/cameronneylon Twitter: @cameronneylon Friendfeed: cameronneylon Thanks to: Sciencetwists, Friendfeeders, and the wider online community for ideas, criticism, and conversations. Deepak Singh, Larry Lessig, Andy Powell, and John Wilbanks for presentation inspiration. Flickr (and in particular @andypowe11) for images