Life Scientists go online -
collaboration,
communication
and credit
Lucy Power
Oxford Internet Institute
University of Oxf...
Outline
1.  Background
2.  What is Friendfeed?
3.  How it’s being used
4.  Outcomes
5.  Impact
http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/exhibits/herbal/26.jpg
Marginalia
http://www.christies.com/lotfinderimages/d48412/d484...
Like, Comment, Share
Like, Comment, Share
Outcomes
Discussing science
Solving scientific problems
Publishing
Conference reporting
Collaborating
Searching and findin...
Outcomes - funding
Outcomes - funding
Open Notebook Science
Outcomes - publishing
“I'd also be remiss if I didn't also note the critical role
online collaboration played in this effort. Of the
seven coaut...
Saunders, N., Beltrao, P., Jensen, L., Jurczak, D., Krause, R., Kuhn, M. et al.
(2009). Microblogging the ISMB: A New Appr...
From marginalia to Friendfeed…
-  Speed (obviously) – answers at the speed of
the Internet
-  Network effects – connecting...
From marginalia to Friendfeed II…
-  Field/Disciplinary differences
-  Work habits – managing time
-  Information selectio...
If you’re using online tools for research or to
assist researchers, please feel free to come and
chat to me today and tomo...
Life Scientists Go Online - UKSG 2010
Life Scientists Go Online - UKSG 2010
Life Scientists Go Online - UKSG 2010
Life Scientists Go Online - UKSG 2010
Life Scientists Go Online - UKSG 2010
Life Scientists Go Online - UKSG 2010
Life Scientists Go Online - UKSG 2010
Life Scientists Go Online - UKSG 2010
Life Scientists Go Online - UKSG 2010
Life Scientists Go Online - UKSG 2010
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Life Scientists Go Online - UKSG 2010

  1. 1. Life Scientists go online - collaboration, communication and credit Lucy Power Oxford Internet Institute University of Oxford UKSG, 13 April 2010
  2. 2. Outline 1.  Background 2.  What is Friendfeed? 3.  How it’s being used 4.  Outcomes 5.  Impact
  3. 3. http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/exhibits/herbal/26.jpg Marginalia http://www.christies.com/lotfinderimages/d48412/d4841200x.jpg
  4. 4. Like, Comment, Share
  5. 5. Like, Comment, Share
  6. 6. Outcomes Discussing science Solving scientific problems Publishing Conference reporting Collaborating Searching and finding Writing grant applications Securing funding
  7. 7. Outcomes - funding
  8. 8. Outcomes - funding
  9. 9. Open Notebook Science
  10. 10. Outcomes - publishing
  11. 11. “I'd also be remiss if I didn't also note the critical role online collaboration played in this effort. Of the seven coauthors on this paper, two I've met only once in real life, and two I've never met in person. We are spread over four cities, five organizations, and nine time zones. Initiating and executing this collaboration happened virtually entirely online, aided by the FriendFeed Life Scientists room and Molecular and Cellular Biology WikiProject at Wikipedia. It was an eye-opener in terms of how effective online collaboration can be done.” – Andrew Su http://biogps.blogspot.com/2009/09/gene-wiki-update-paper.html Outcomes - publishing
  12. 12. Saunders, N., Beltrao, P., Jensen, L., Jurczak, D., Krause, R., Kuhn, M. et al. (2009). Microblogging the ISMB: A New Approach to Conference Reporting. PLoS Comput Biol, 5(1).
  13. 13. From marginalia to Friendfeed… -  Speed (obviously) – answers at the speed of the Internet -  Network effects – connecting with people you didn’t know in your field, other fields and disciplines, and their connections (strength of weak ties) -  Informality – lower barriers to entry -  Openness – ideas are traceable from genesis to publication -  Global distribution of discussion
  14. 14. From marginalia to Friendfeed II… -  Field/Disciplinary differences -  Work habits – managing time -  Information selection – filtering the volume (the disadvantages of scale) -  Ephemeral – no formal archiving strategies
  15. 15. If you’re using online tools for research or to assist researchers, please feel free to come and chat to me today and tomorrow! Lucy Power DPhil Candidate Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford Supervised by Dr Ralph Schroeder and Dr Eric M. Meyer lucy.power@oii.ox.ac.uk

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