kaitlin thaney
@kaythaney ; @mozillascience
#scholarAfrica, nairobi / 10 march 2014
discoverability and
web-enabled resear...
(0)
doing good is part of our code
help researchers use the
power of the open web to
change science’s future.
discoverability
what the web offers
role of data, sharing
challenges around “open”
(1)
research cycle
idea
experiment
lit review
materials
publish
share results
retest
analyze
collect data
types of information
hypothesis/query
protocols
parameters
content
non-digital “stuff”
articles
proceedings
negative resul...
blocking points
idea
experiment
access
attaining
materials
publish
share results
retest
analyze
collect data
(to name a fe...
discoverability:
ability to access
(but also to reuse,
disseminate)
technical needs
metadata standards
discoverability services
dissemination platforms
APIs, tagging
rewards, incentives,
reputation
(2)
leveraging the power of
the web for scholarship
- access to content, data, code, materials.
- emergence of “web-native” tools.
- rewards for openness, interop, collaborat...
wasted ...
$$$
time
opportunity
communication
access, reuse, scale
community-building
the web as a platform
early forms of knowledge sharing
emergence of new
communities, practice
broader access,
engagement,
reach
there’s still friction in the
system.
and duplication out of frustration.
traditions last not because they are
excellent, but because influential
people are averse to change and
because of the shee...
our systems need to
talk to one another.
both human and machine, globally.
(3)
thinking beyond the
PDF.
role of data, code, methods.
3 GB/year
9 GB/PhD
3 GB/year
30,000,000 GB/all*
9 GB/PhD
3 GB/year
* roughly
how much made available?
9 GB/PhD
3 GB/year
* roughly
30,000,000 GB/all*
Source: Michener, 2006 Ecoinformatics.
code as a research object
what’s needed
to reuse ?
Source: Piwowar, et al. PLOS.
(4)
is open enough?
necessary but not sufficient.
access versus deluge
how to reconcile?
our systems need to talk to one another.
we also need to build capacity.
digital literacy
“Reliance on
ad-hoc, self-
education
about what’s
possible
doesn’t scale.”
- Selena Decklemann
education as a means of
building community
... globally, as well as across disciplines.
current activity:
129 instructors
(60+, training)
109 bootcamps
3700+ learners
in an increasingly digital, data-
driven world, what core skills, tools
do the next-generation need?
(5)
shifting practice
(and getting it to stick)
is challenging.
and we’re here to help.
tools and technology
cultural awareness, best practice
connections, open dialogue
skills training
what are the necessary c...
coordination and
collaboration are key.
design for interoperability.
remember the
non-technical challenges.
operating in isolation
doesn’t scale.
help shape the
conversation.
teach, contribute, learn.
http://software-carpentry.org
http://mozillascience.org
questions?
kaitlin@mozillafoundation.org
@kaythaney ; @mozillascience
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Presentation as part of the Discoverability of African Scholarship workshop in Nairobi, March 10-11.

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Discoverability and Web-Enabled Science - #ScholarAfrica

  1. 1. kaitlin thaney @kaythaney ; @mozillascience #scholarAfrica, nairobi / 10 march 2014 discoverability and web-enabled research
  2. 2. (0)
  3. 3. doing good is part of our code
  4. 4. help researchers use the power of the open web to change science’s future.
  5. 5. discoverability what the web offers role of data, sharing challenges around “open”
  6. 6. (1)
  7. 7. research cycle idea experiment lit review materials publish share results retest analyze collect data
  8. 8. types of information hypothesis/query protocols parameters content non-digital “stuff” articles proceedings negative results analysis code datasets models (added complexity) prof activities mentorship teaching activities
  9. 9. blocking points idea experiment access attaining materials publish share results retest analyze collect data (to name a few ...)
  10. 10. discoverability: ability to access (but also to reuse, disseminate)
  11. 11. technical needs metadata standards discoverability services dissemination platforms APIs, tagging
  12. 12. rewards, incentives, reputation
  13. 13. (2)
  14. 14. leveraging the power of the web for scholarship
  15. 15. - access to content, data, code, materials. - emergence of “web-native” tools. - rewards for openness, interop, collaboration, sharing. - push for ROI, reuse, recomputability, transparency. “web-enabled science”
  16. 16. wasted ... $$$ time opportunity
  17. 17. communication access, reuse, scale community-building the web as a platform
  18. 18. early forms of knowledge sharing
  19. 19. emergence of new communities, practice
  20. 20. broader access, engagement, reach
  21. 21. there’s still friction in the system. and duplication out of frustration.
  22. 22. traditions last not because they are excellent, but because influential people are averse to change and because of the sheer burdens of transition to a better state ... “ “ Cass Sunstein
  23. 23. our systems need to talk to one another. both human and machine, globally.
  24. 24. (3)
  25. 25. thinking beyond the PDF. role of data, code, methods.
  26. 26. 3 GB/year
  27. 27. 9 GB/PhD 3 GB/year
  28. 28. 30,000,000 GB/all* 9 GB/PhD 3 GB/year * roughly
  29. 29. how much made available? 9 GB/PhD 3 GB/year * roughly 30,000,000 GB/all*
  30. 30. Source: Michener, 2006 Ecoinformatics.
  31. 31. code as a research object what’s needed to reuse ?
  32. 32. Source: Piwowar, et al. PLOS.
  33. 33. (4)
  34. 34. is open enough? necessary but not sufficient.
  35. 35. access versus deluge how to reconcile?
  36. 36. our systems need to talk to one another.
  37. 37. we also need to build capacity.
  38. 38. digital literacy
  39. 39. “Reliance on ad-hoc, self- education about what’s possible doesn’t scale.” - Selena Decklemann
  40. 40. education as a means of building community ... globally, as well as across disciplines.
  41. 41. current activity: 129 instructors (60+, training) 109 bootcamps 3700+ learners
  42. 42. in an increasingly digital, data- driven world, what core skills, tools do the next-generation need?
  43. 43. (5)
  44. 44. shifting practice (and getting it to stick) is challenging. and we’re here to help.
  45. 45. tools and technology cultural awareness, best practice connections, open dialogue skills training what are the necessary components?
  46. 46. coordination and collaboration are key. design for interoperability. remember the non-technical challenges.
  47. 47. operating in isolation doesn’t scale.
  48. 48. help shape the conversation. teach, contribute, learn. http://software-carpentry.org http://mozillascience.org
  49. 49. questions? kaitlin@mozillafoundation.org @kaythaney ; @mozillascience
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