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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_Membran...
...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
            ...
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 sci...
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 ...
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.wordpre...
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 ch...
Beautiful Data
                                      O’Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of
                             ...
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%
100%




50%
100%




50%
100%




50%
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:     @c...
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
The web as a tool - rather than a threat
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  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. The Web as a Tool Rather Than a Threat
  3. 3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidcjones/1422043515
  4. 4. About me.
  5. 5. I live in Bath http://www.flickr.com/photos/andypowe11/3915450391
  6. 6. I work at RAL
  7. 7. I get up in the morning http://www.flickr.com/photos/andypowe11/3251538402
  8. 8. ...and catch a train http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattbuck007/3710451826
  9. 9. ...and a bus
  10. 10. I work on... Wikimedia Commons Wikimedia Commons Succinate_Dehydrogenase_1YQ3_and_Membrane.png MGMT BDNA_1T38.png
  11. 11. ...and get to do cool stuff
  12. 12. Mixture of small-lab work...
  13. 13. ...and big facility experiments
  14. 14. Lots of reading... http://www.flickr.com/photos/loty/326761635
  15. 15. ...meetings... http://www.flickr.com/photos/amagill/38961674
  16. 16. ...too much travel... http://www.flickr.com/photos/22819720@N02/2306780847
  17. 17. ...which leads to too much of this
  18. 18. http://flickr.com/photos/cliche/120070310/
  19. 19. http://www.flickr.com/photos/amagill/38961674
  20. 20. http://www.flickr.com/photos/loty/326761635
  21. 21. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattbuck007/3710451826
  22. 22. http://www.flickr.com/photos/andypowe11/3251538402
  23. 23. http://www.flickr.com/photos/22819720@N02/2306780847
  24. 24. http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidcjones/1422043515
  25. 25. The first step... http://www.flickr.com/photos/laprimadonna/3611292727/
  26. 26. ...is to admit we have http://www.flickr.com/photos/schnurrbart/43568532/ CC-BY-SA
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. Average Capacity of Human Scientist 5.00 3.75 2.50 1.25 0 1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006
  29. 29. The human scientist (that’s us) Does. Not. Scale.
  30. 30. The web scales
  31. 31. Those things you hate about the web?
  32. 32. ...these just show how well the web scales
  33. 33. The web is full of pieces of other people’s work
  34. 34. I iz ur band hangin in ur gel ...so why doesn’t this work better for science?
  35. 35. Partly the tools... http://www.flickr.com/photos/hinkelstone/1357630710
  36. 36. ...size of the community... http://www.flickr.com/photos/craigcloutier/3818784742
  37. 37. ...and attitude http://flickr.com/photos/zanotti/314391903/ CC-BY
  38. 38. Let’s start with the tools... http://www.flickr.com/photos/flattop341/1085739925
  39. 39. Are there any good web tools for science...?
  40. 40. Literature management
  41. 41. ...but this is just aggregation
  42. 42. Where’s the network? http://www.flickr.com/photos/luc/2515255357
  43. 43. Question #1
  44. 44. Does it do something useful? http://www.flickr.com/photos/vrogy/514733529
  45. 45. If it doesn’t. It isn’t.
  46. 46. Question #2
  47. 47. Does it work for your group?
  48. 48. If it doesn’t work here... http://www.flickr.com/photos/respres/2476519142
  49. 49. ...then it won’t work here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mararie/3313582639/ CC-BY-SA
  50. 50. Question #3
  51. 51. Is there a community that is useful to you there?
  52. 52. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dullhunk/3746501010
  53. 53. http://search.twitter.com/search?q=stephen_curry+cameronneylon
  54. 54. ...and if not are you prepared to build one?
  55. 55. The skill for the 21st century scientist? http://www.flickr.com/photos/victoriapeckham/164175205
  56. 56. Network wiring and maintenance http://www.flickr.com/photos/sneddon/2415792655
  57. 57. A lot of the noise...
  58. 58. ...is maintaining connections
  59. 59. You have to build it... http://www.flickr.com/photos/luc/2515255357
  60. 60. Founder effects.
  61. 61. But does it work?
  62. 62. An assertion.
  63. 63. 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.
  64. 64. Without active searching.
  65. 65. http://friendfeed.com
  66. 66. http://tinyurl.com/dku869
  67. 67. Pulling items from external services via RSS
  68. 68. A shared social net
  69. 69. Sharing the load http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/2941559903 CC-BY
  70. 70. http://tinyurl.com/friendfeed-mthk-request
  71. 71. 27 January 2009 http://gowers.wordpress.com/
  72. 72. 27 January 2009 February 1 2009 http://gowers.wordpress.com/
  73. 73. 27 January 2009 February 1 2009 March 10 2009 http://gowers.wordpress.com/ Nature, 15 October 2009
  74. 74. Hundreds of thousands...
  75. 75. http://onschallenge.wikispaces.com/Exp026
  76. 76. http://tinyurl.com/ons-challenge-spreadsheet
  77. 77. http://oru.edu/cccda/sl/descriptorspace/ds.php
  78. 78. http://slurl.com/secondlife/Drexel/165/178/24
  79. 79. 200 individual measurements (plus 70 literature values) 20 researchers in four countries One undergraduate chemistry class $6000 funding (for prizes and chemicals)
  80. 80. 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
  81. 81. Rapid.
  82. 82. Efficient.
  83. 83. Superficial?
  84. 84. Lost in the stream... http://flickr.com/photos/jason_burmeister/2053139930 CC-BY
  85. 85. http://flickr.com/photos/virtualsugar/316200555/ CC-BY
  86. 86. But if your objects are not open and available?
  87. 87. The more you publish, the more embedded in the network
  88. 88. Small, specific, examples. Relatively, few big wins
  89. 89. And limited to certain domains
  90. 90. 100% 50%
  91. 91. 100% 50%
  92. 92. 100% 50%
  93. 93. 100% 50%
  94. 94. 100% 50%
  95. 95. 100% 50%
  96. 96. 100% We are still around here... 50%
  97. 97. ...but the network is growing
  98. 98. 4 3 50% 2 1
  99. 99. 100% 50%
  100. 100. 4 3 50% 2 1
  101. 101. So what to do?
  102. 102. What is your problem?
  103. 103. Is there a good tool? http://www.flickr.com/photos/flattop341/1085739925
  104. 104. Does it suit you/your group? http://www.flickr.com/photos/micha2305/2706588290/
  105. 105. Is there a community? http://www.flickr.com/photos/laffy4k/88836657
  106. 106. Are you willing to build one? http://www.flickr.com/photos/nihilenz/2545518545
  107. 107. Choose to publish more
  108. 108. This is not going away
  109. 109. Learn to cope.
  110. 110. Threat or opportunity?
  111. 111. 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
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