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  1. 1. REARCHITECTINGSCIENCEA VISION FORSTM IN THE 21STCENTURYADAM BLY 28 MAY 2009 BALTIMORE
  2. 2. “ such a difficult moment, there are those who Atsay we cannot afford to invest in science, thatsupport for research is somehow a luxury atmoments defined by necessities. I fundamentallydisagree. Science is more essential for ourprosperity, our security, our health, ourenvironment, and our quality of life than it has everbeen before.”President Barack Obama, April 27
  3. 3. We are inspired by the potential ofscience to improve the state of the world and we make media and technology to help realize that potential.
  4. 4. KNOWLEDGE IS GOOD
  5. 5. MASSIVECHANGE
  6. 6. Listen then Lead: What doscientists think? Seed State of Science Report
  7. 7. Science is not a closed system
  8. 8. 65%Cite literature as having an influence on their science
  9. 9. Globalcollaboration is fundamental
  10. 10. 62%Are actively involved in at least one international collaboration
  11. 11. Peer-reviewstill matters
  12. 12. 77%Agree that peer-review remains essential to scientific progress
  13. 13. Scientists care
  14. 14. 70%Believe science can be used to advance the cause of peace in the world
  15. 15. 80%Feel obliged as scientists to address the biggest challenges facing humanity
  16. 16. 61%Feel obliged as scientists to speak with journalists about their work
  17. 17. 74%Feel obliged as scientists to inform policymakers about science
  18. 18. 83%Feel obliged as scientists to be environmentally conscious
  19. 19. The born-digitalhave come of age
  20. 20. 15 Petabytes 31 Billion 2 Years
  21. 21. “ The entire archive of science publishing should be open-access and online. But this will be the outcome ofa slow political and value realignment inscience… Researchers should get in thehabit of posting data on their websites.” Bosco Ho, PostDoc in Bioinformatics, USA
  22. 22. 84%Believe that scientific papers should be freely available to other scientists and the public
  23. 23. “ is difficult to find information on Itfunding, people, meetings, etc… every organization has their own webresources, and there are no centralized sources of information, or they are incomplete.” Emilio Perez, PostDoc in Chemistry, Spain
  24. 24. “ have colleagues in Australia, England, I U.S., Kenya, and China, and withoutcollaborative web tools we could neverwork on anything together, since phone calls are still too expensive.” David Braun, PostDoc in Archaeology, South Africa
  25. 25. “ a grad student, we had a website Asrelated to our research. We posted somegeneral info about our research. But the coolest thing we did was stream real- time data (eg. pH, temperature) from aremote observing system onto the site.” Brett Branco, PostDoc in Environmental Science, Australia
  26. 26. “Blogs are a great way to open your notebook to the world or just the lab. They’ rich, accessible from reanywhere, and automatically backed up. From a social perspective, they’ the re root of your identity on the web: the place where you communicate your thoughts and receive communication 24/7 from anyone in the world.” William Gunn, PhD Student in Cell Biology, USA
  27. 27. 34%Use blogs to promote their research, discuss publications, or serve as lab notebooks
  28. 28. “The Research Web is about integratinglots of stuff that wasn’ designed to be t integrated with anything. It’ about sgetting precise answers to complicated questions instead of a mess of Web pages. It’ about making the user s experience for research on the Webmore like, well, the Web for other stuff.” John Wilbanks, Science Commons
  29. 29. We have been here before
  30. 30. PersonalCumulativeSystematic Activist Essential
  31. 31. WE NEED TOREBOOT (STM)FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
  32. 32. WE NEED > a digital core (not just digital tools)
  33. 33. WE NEED > common standards that connect crowd- sourced innovation
  34. 34. WE NEED > free flow of information (today it is designed to limit)
  35. 35. WE NEED > to advance interdisciplinary science, restructure societies
  36. 36. WE NEED > to connect developed to developing world
  37. 37. WE NEED > to extract knowledge from information, foster a new language
  38. 38. William Playfair (1801)
  39. 39. James Watson, Francis Crick (1953)
  40. 40. Ben Fry (2008)
  41. 41. Future Pie Chart?
  42. 42. WE NEED > to bring scientists together, and together with resources
  43. 43. WE NEED > to lead the social change toward universal science literacy
  44. 44. WE NEED > to collaborate as to meet these goals, they’ not re “our”readers
  45. 45. Release 2.0
  46. 46. 2.2 million monthly unique visitors worldwide

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