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  • 1. Open Science & Open Research - New Paradigms in Scholarly Communication Cornelius Puschmann University of Düsseldorf [email_address] 25 June 2008
  • 2. Issues
  • 3. Where are we?
    • The Web has given a huge and growing global community access to a wealth of knowledge
    • The bulk of this knowledge is not created by academics, whose main job is “knowledge creation”, but by “amateurs” who donate their spare time
    • Much of what academics create is locked away in specialized journals and publications
    • Paradox: those who could contribute most lag behind furthest
    • What are the reasons and where is change taking place?
  • 4. Non-reasons
    • Proprietary, valuable information? (patents etc) in most cases no
    • Lost publishing revenue? (selling books) generally no, very few publications make the author money
    • Plagiarism? possible, but the risk exists with any form of publishing
  • 5. Is it really “publishing”?
    • our interpretation of the Web is shaped by metaphors associated with paper, printing and publishing
    • e.g. “web sites / pages / forms ”, “ email ”,
    • but Web 2.0 is increasingly detaching itself from these sources
  • 6. Why academia is resistant to opening up
    • parts of academia are still highly invested in paper
    • information overload
    • “Is change a good thing?”
    • “Why would I want people to find me?”
    • “It's open access if I have access, right?”
  • 7. Reaction to perceived information overload
    • many researchers use paper-age methods to work with digital information
    • browsing instead of searching
    • “putting things on the Web” instead of “research happening on the Web”
    • finality vs. versioning
    • controlling quality and making available are conflated
  • 8. “Is change a good thing?”
    • researchers tend to be traditionalists
    • peer-review, quality control etc central paradigms
    • lack of control, order and selection on the Web seen with skepticism by some
    • goal is generally to preserve tried and trusted procedures and port them to the Web (but does that work?)
  • 9. “Why would I want people to find me?”
    • small, highly specialized and tightly knit research communities
    • inward-looking
    • assumption that nobody outside the field cares
    • lack of interdisciplinary focus
  • 10. “It's open access if I have access, right?”
    • most academics have easy access to scholarly journals through their libraries
    • the libraries cover the subscription costs
    • many perceive this as “open access”
    • academics aren't directly affected by the costs associated with commercial publishing since they don't have to pay for it
    • younger researchers often can't risk challenging traditions - “publish or perish”
  • 11. Change
  • 12. Digital Humanities
    • new approach to Humanities (literary studies, musicology) using computational approaches and presentation techniques
    • new tools and methods have the potential to shine a new light on “old data”
    • http://www.projectbamboo.org/
  • 13. WALS
    • www.wals.info
    • interactive atlas of the world's languages and their typological features (syntax, lexicon, phonology)
    • originally on paper and CD-ROM
    • now interactive, uses Google Maps
    • feature set and maps can be used for other projects (remixing)
  • 14. OpenWetWare
    • www.openwetware.org
    • collaborative wiki for research labs in biology/biological engineering
    • started by grad students in 2004
    • originally used by two labs, now international project
  • 15. ThoughtMesh
    • www.thoughtmesh.net
    • system for collaboratively tagging and linking scientific texts
    • content of parts can be assessed without reading everything
    • opens the door for “vertical papers”, i.e. finding, reading and citing small chunks of information instead of horizontally digesting the entire article
  • 16. SciVee
    • www.scivee.tv
    • basically YouTube for scholarly content
    • “pubcast” accompanies/supplements a written paper
    • one clip for a paper on motor neurons in the spinal cord of mice has garnered 225.000 views since December 2007
    • especially attractive for content that can be described visually
  • 17. Encyclopedia of Life
    • www.eol.org
    • Wikipedia for the world's species
    • developed (mostly) by experts using scientific taxonomy
    • attempt to concentrate all knowledge on living organisms on Earth in one resource
    • will include video, audio, photos and illustrations
  • 18. Current approach to research and publishing + records uses = public not public
    • “human-readable” only
    • static
    • primarily textual
  • 19. “Web-enabled” approach to research and publishing + records uses = public
    • semantically annotated
    • dynamic and interactive
    • different modes of presentation (audio, video)
  • 20. Integrating and interlinking academic content
  • 21. Using blogs in teaching
  • 22. “Web-enabling” content from scholarly journals
  • 23. E-journal editor's blog
  • 24. Thanks for listening!

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