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Timing young researchers' decisions


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This is a presentation intended to stimulate discussion during the FEBS YSF Career Session at , where I was to represent Based in …

This is a presentation intended to stimulate discussion during the FEBS YSF Career Session at , where I was to represent Based in large parts upon presentations by Björn Brembs (
), Cameron Neylon ( ) and Duncan Hull ( ).

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  • 1. Timing your decisions for 34th FEBS Congress, Praha, July 5, 2009
  • 2. Cameron Neylon CC-BY
  • 3. Eurodoc overview The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers Aim : Increase Europe's attractiveness for Early Stage Researchers Federation of national organisations: 32 Members Think tank on doctoral Mobility research in Europe PhD supervision and training Career Gender Surveys development equality (after Lara Passante, EC) Partner of EC, EUA and others in Bologna and Lisbon processes
  • 4. Cameron Neylon
  • 5. Björn Brembs
  • 6. Cameron Neylon
  • 7. Björn Brembs
  • 8. Hobbies Society Family Planet Your life Research Knowledge © Tiehuis et al., Diabetologia 51:1321–1326, 2008
  • 9. Cameron Neylon
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  • 16. How do you maximise efficiency in generating impact for your research? Cameron Neylon 16
  • 17. Cameron Neylon
  • 18. In the last five years...? Cameron Neylon 18 CC-BY
  • 19. What is... Cameron Neylon CC-BY-SA ...?
  • 20. Too much to read, and neither searchable nor hyperlinked... Cameron Neylon CC-BY
  • 21. Duncan Hull
  • 22. the past 24 hours? Cameron Neylon
  • 23. What would science look like if it were invented today? after Duncan Hull CC-BY
  • 24. Björn Brembs, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 25. • Isolation – each discipline has its own data silo • Impersonal and unsociable – “who the hell are you”? – Where are “my” papers? (authored by me, or of interest to me) – What are my friends and colleagues reading? – What are the experts reading? What is popular this week / month / year ? • “Cold”: Identity of publications and authors is inadequate • Obsolete models of publication, not everything fits publication-sized holes – Micro-attribution – Mega-attribution – Digital contributions (databases, software, wikis/blogs?) Duncan Hull
  • 26. Yesterday T oday Paper Bits and bytes Brick and mortar libraries Cyberspace Institute library address Uniform resource identifiers (URIs) High cost of printing and distribution Publishing costs fallen by orders of magnitude Only comprehensible to a few humans Read and indexed by machines (e.g., Googlebot) Restricted access to a few subscribers Increasingly public Björn Brembs
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  • 29. • Won‘t go away • Should always be a last resort • They are much too valuable to be satisfied with the current pitiful state of affairs • Let‘s make them as good as we possibly can! Björn Brembs
  • 30. Your article: • Received X citations (de-duped from Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science) • It was viewed X times, placing it in the top Y% of all articles in this journal/community • It received X Comments • It was bookmarked X times in Social Bookmarking sites • Experts in your community rated it as X, Y, Z • It was discussed on X ‘respected’ blogs • It appeared in X, Y, Z International News media Björn Brembs Peter Binfield
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  • 32. Re-couple metadata that has be de-coupled from data Björn Brembs “iTunes for PDF files”
  • 33. How would knowledge sharing look like if it were invented today? • No more publishers – libraries archive everything according to a world-wide standard • Single semantic, decentralized database of data in context • Personalized filtering • Peer-review after posting, supervised by an independent body • Link typology for text/text, data/data and text/data links (formerly „citations“) • Semantic Text/Datamining • All the metrics you (don‘t) want (but need) • Tagging, bookmarking, etc. • Unique contributor IDs with attribution/reputation system (teaching, reviewing, curating, blogging, etc.) • Technically feasible today (almost) Björn Brembs
  • 34. Not just papers, but ideas, web pages, data, materials, software Cameron Neylon
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  • 39. ...making the right connections Cameron Neylon CC-BY-SA
  • 40. Make your work available 40 Cameron Neylon
  • 41. Let others build on it... 41 Cameron Neylon
  • 42. increase your impact 42 Cameron Neylon
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  • 44. OK, but what about timing all these decisions? 44
  • 45. If you share as things arise, timing is not the issue. 45
  • 46. The issue is whether or not to do science in the open, especially if you are a young researcher. 46