kaitlin thaney
@kaythaney ; @mozillascience
UQ / 23 june 2014
making the web
work for science
help researchers use the
power of the open web to
change science’s future.
(0)
science is still (largely)
rooted in 17th c. practices.
(and not in that “retro is cool” sort of way.)
early forms of knowledge sharing
our current systems are
designed to create
friction.
despite original intentions.
What Des-Cartes did was a good step.
You have added much several ways, &
especially in taking ye colours of thin
plates in...
existing system is imperfect
traditions last not because they are
excellent, but because influential
people are averse to change and
because of the shee...
(1)
- access to content, data, code, materials.
- emergence of “web-native” tools.
- rewards for openness, interop, collaborat...
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...
“... up to 70% of research from academic labs
cannot be reproduced, representing an enormous
waste of money and effort.”
-...
Source: Michener, 2006 Ecoinformatics.
(2)
is open enough?
what does it mean to “operate on/like the web”?
code
(interop)
community
(people)
code/data literacy
(means to learn/engage)
our systems need to
talk to one another.
“One worry I have is that, with reviews like this, scientists will be
even more discouraged from publishing their code [.....
code as a research object
what’s needed
to reuse ?
code as a research object
http://xkcd.com/285/
“There’s greater reward,
and more temptation to
bend the rules.”
- David Resnik, bioethicist
(3)
is open enough?
what does it mean to “operate on/like the web”?
“web-enabled science”
- access to content, data, code, materials.
- emergence of “web-native” tools.
- rewards for opennes...
“web-enabled science”
what’s missing?
- access to content, data, code, materials.
- emergence of “web-native” tools.
- rew...
we need to even
(/ elevate) the playing field.
facing a digital skills gap
“Reliance on
ad-hoc, self-
education
about what’s
possible
doesn’t scale.”
- Selena Decklemann
learn from open source
(culture as well as technology)
current activity:
130+ instructors
(60+, training)
3700+ learners
we need to build capacity,
not just more nodes.
instill best
(digital,
reproducible)
practice
“research hygiene”
in an increasingly digital, data-
driven world, what core skills, tools
do the next-generation need?
education as a means of
building community
... globally, as well as across disciplines.
(4)
shifting practice
(and getting it to stick)
is challenging.
... but not impossible.
disciplines as cultures
63 nations
10,000 scientists
50,000 participants
can we do the same
for research on the web?
tools and technology
cultural awareness, best practice
connections, open dialogue
skills training
what are the necessary c...
(5)
operating in isolation
doesn’t scale.
coordination and
collaboration are key.
design for interoperability.
remember the
non-technical challenges.
join us
(and the conversation.)
teach, contribute, learn.
http://software-carpentry.org
http://mozillascience.org
questions?
kaitlin@mozillafoundation.org
@kaythaney ; @mozillascience
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
Making the web work for science - University of Queensland
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  1. 1. kaitlin thaney @kaythaney ; @mozillascience UQ / 23 june 2014 making the web work for science
  2. 2. help researchers use the power of the open web to change science’s future.
  3. 3. (0)
  4. 4. science is still (largely) rooted in 17th c. practices. (and not in that “retro is cool” sort of way.)
  5. 5. early forms of knowledge sharing
  6. 6. our current systems are designed to create friction. despite original intentions.
  7. 7. What Des-Cartes did was a good step. You have added much several ways, & especially in taking ye colours of thin plates into philosophical consideration. If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of Giants. - Isaac Newton, 1676 “ “
  8. 8. existing system is imperfect
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. (1)
  11. 11. - 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”
  12. 12. research cycle idea experiment lit review materials publish share results retest analyze collect data
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. blocking points idea experiment access attaining materials publish share results retest analyze collect data (to name a few ...)
  15. 15. “... up to 70% of research from academic labs cannot be reproduced, representing an enormous waste of money and effort.” - Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange
  16. 16. Source: Michener, 2006 Ecoinformatics.
  17. 17. (2)
  18. 18. is open enough? what does it mean to “operate on/like the web”?
  19. 19. code (interop) community (people) code/data literacy (means to learn/engage)
  20. 20. our systems need to talk to one another.
  21. 21. “One worry I have is that, with reviews like this, scientists will be even more discouraged from publishing their code [...] We need to get more code out there, not improve how it looks.”
  22. 22. code as a research object what’s needed to reuse ?
  23. 23. code as a research object http://xkcd.com/285/
  24. 24. “There’s greater reward, and more temptation to bend the rules.” - David Resnik, bioethicist
  25. 25. (3)
  26. 26. is open enough? what does it mean to “operate on/like the web”?
  27. 27. “web-enabled science” - access to content, data, code, materials. - emergence of “web-native” tools. - rewards for openness, interop, collaboration, sharing. - push for ROI, reuse, recomputability, transparency.
  28. 28. “web-enabled science” what’s missing? - access to content, data, code, materials. - emergence of “web-native” tools. - rewards for openness, interop, collaboration, sharing. - push for ROI, reuse, recomputability, transparency.
  29. 29. we need to even (/ elevate) the playing field.
  30. 30. facing a digital skills gap
  31. 31. “Reliance on ad-hoc, self- education about what’s possible doesn’t scale.” - Selena Decklemann
  32. 32. learn from open source (culture as well as technology)
  33. 33. current activity: 130+ instructors (60+, training) 3700+ learners
  34. 34. we need to build capacity, not just more nodes.
  35. 35. instill best (digital, reproducible) practice “research hygiene”
  36. 36. in an increasingly digital, data- driven world, what core skills, tools do the next-generation need?
  37. 37. education as a means of building community ... globally, as well as across disciplines.
  38. 38. (4)
  39. 39. shifting practice (and getting it to stick) is challenging. ... but not impossible.
  40. 40. disciplines as cultures
  41. 41. 63 nations 10,000 scientists 50,000 participants can we do the same for research on the web?
  42. 42. tools and technology cultural awareness, best practice connections, open dialogue skills training what are the necessary components?
  43. 43. (5)
  44. 44. operating in isolation doesn’t scale.
  45. 45. coordination and collaboration are key. design for interoperability. remember the non-technical challenges.
  46. 46. join us (and the conversation.) teach, contribute, learn. http://software-carpentry.org http://mozillascience.org
  47. 47. questions? kaitlin@mozillafoundation.org @kaythaney ; @mozillascience
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