The new currency in academia
Edinburgh
25 October 2013
Jason Hoyt, PhD
CEO & Co-founder - PeerJ
@thePeerJ / @jasonHoyt
“Silicon Valley”
THE APPLE II IN 1666
THE ARTICLE AS THE ONLY CURRENCY
HAS LED TO TWO MAJOR PROBLEMS
300+ years on we now have this

The academic career pyramid
Final available output (a PDF writeup)

Cause ya know, the research paper is the only INCENTIVE to get ahead

FILTERED & H...
Filtered & hidden contributions
A WORLD OF HIDDEN
INFORMATION
WE DIDN’T STOP WITH THE APPLE II
NOW A CONNECTED
(& MORE OPEN) WORLD
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Internet_map_1024.jpg
Great in 1666
Not so much now

WHY CAN I ASK MY PHONE FOR REALTIME TRAFFIC,
BUT NOT IF MY PCR LOOKS LIKE
SOMETHING RELEVAN...
WE NEED TO STOP THROWING THIS
OUT IN ORDER TO SOLVE OUR
GREATEST CHALLENGES
Contributions are being collected

Blogs
+ most contributions from machines
The next stage of academia

THE CONTRIBUTION NETWORK
From Peurto Rico To Reddit
The article & data is reusable

JSON / XML / RDF
4,000
unique visitors
on first day
But….
75,000
unique visitors
on first day
Capturing the hidden contributions
That contribution is reusable by others
The Contribution Net

PROVIDES NEW CURRENCY FOR
INNOVATION & JOBS
Academia - Then & Now (we just don’t realize it yet)

FROM PYRAMID TO NETWORK OF
OPPORTUNITIES
IMAGINE WHAT COULD BE DONE
WITH A RESEARCH WORLD LIKE THIS
WHO WILL OWN THE
CONTRIBUTION NET?
WHICH WILL IT BECOME ?
OPEN|CLOSED
WILL WE BE ABLE TO SETTLE ON
OPEN DATA STANDARDS?
Jason@peerj.com
@thePeerJ / @JasonHoyt
Changing the currency in academia with the Contribution Net
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We need to start thinking of research papers as a byproduct, not the end product of academic efforts. We need to swap the paper pyramid with a more connected contribution network in order to create more jobs, better pay, and new solutions for century with greater challenges ahead.

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  1. 1. The new currency in academia Edinburgh 25 October 2013 Jason Hoyt, PhD CEO & Co-founder - PeerJ @thePeerJ / @jasonHoyt
  2. 2. “Silicon Valley”
  3. 3. THE APPLE II IN 1666
  4. 4. THE ARTICLE AS THE ONLY CURRENCY HAS LED TO TWO MAJOR PROBLEMS
  5. 5. 300+ years on we now have this The academic career pyramid
  6. 6. Final available output (a PDF writeup) Cause ya know, the research paper is the only INCENTIVE to get ahead FILTERED & HIDDEN CONTRIBUTIONS
  7. 7. Filtered & hidden contributions
  8. 8. A WORLD OF HIDDEN INFORMATION
  9. 9. WE DIDN’T STOP WITH THE APPLE II
  10. 10. NOW A CONNECTED (& MORE OPEN) WORLD source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Internet_map_1024.jpg
  11. 11. Great in 1666 Not so much now WHY CAN I ASK MY PHONE FOR REALTIME TRAFFIC, BUT NOT IF MY PCR LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING RELEVANT?
  12. 12. WE NEED TO STOP THROWING THIS OUT IN ORDER TO SOLVE OUR GREATEST CHALLENGES
  13. 13. Contributions are being collected Blogs
  14. 14. + most contributions from machines
  15. 15. The next stage of academia THE CONTRIBUTION NETWORK
  16. 16. From Peurto Rico To Reddit
  17. 17. The article & data is reusable JSON / XML / RDF
  18. 18. 4,000 unique visitors on first day
  19. 19. But…. 75,000 unique visitors on first day
  20. 20. Capturing the hidden contributions
  21. 21. That contribution is reusable by others
  22. 22. The Contribution Net PROVIDES NEW CURRENCY FOR INNOVATION & JOBS
  23. 23. Academia - Then & Now (we just don’t realize it yet) FROM PYRAMID TO NETWORK OF OPPORTUNITIES
  24. 24. IMAGINE WHAT COULD BE DONE WITH A RESEARCH WORLD LIKE THIS
  25. 25. WHO WILL OWN THE CONTRIBUTION NET?
  26. 26. WHICH WILL IT BECOME ? OPEN|CLOSED
  27. 27. WILL WE BE ABLE TO SETTLE ON OPEN DATA STANDARDS?
  28. 28. Jason@peerj.com @thePeerJ / @JasonHoyt
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