"The Mudslide Hypothesis of Science" - OSCON

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"The Mudslide Hypothesis of Science" - OSCON

  1. 1. the mudslidehypothesis of science kaitlin thaney @kaythaney ; @digitalsci OSCON
  2. 2. (keyword: try.)
  3. 3. promising advances...
  4. 4. more often the reality.
  5. 5. data,
  6. 6. ability to reproduce experiments,
  7. 7. incentive to change,
  8. 8. <my story>
  9. 9. “the mudslide hypothesis”
  10. 10. “ traditions last not becausethey are excellent, but becauseinfluential people are averse to change and because of thesheer burdens of transition to a better state“ Cass Sunstein
  11. 11. wasted ... $$$ time resource
  12. 12. what we know, is research.
  13. 13. research is changing (as is the research workflow) text text text
  14. 14. discovery is still sub-optimal.
  15. 15. still the starting point
  16. 16. specific DBs no better (in this case, likely worse)
  17. 17. streamline search
  18. 18. our mediums are evolving.(our systems are still playing catch up)
  19. 19. mix of digital and analog mediumsCC-BY-2.0 - Plaxco Lab - http://www.flickr.com/photos/34857812@N04/
  20. 20. the non-digital
  21. 21. the non-digital parameters
  22. 22. ordering + processingthe non-digital
  23. 23. protocolsparameters misc. lit
  24. 24. trackingexpirationcalibration
  25. 25. we’re facing aperception issue.
  26. 26. exacerbating the problem.
  27. 27. locked in old mechanisms.
  28. 28. we need to rethink our approach.
  29. 29. maximise (re-)use.design decisions are key.allow for network effects.
  30. 30. it’s time we redefined performance for research.
  31. 31. www.digital-science.comkaitlin@digital-science.com @kaythaney

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