Dagstuhl "Future" sesssion intro slides

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Dagstuhl "Future" sesssion intro slides

  1. 1. FoRCThe Future of Research Communications Session on “The Future” Tim Clark Harvard Medical School / MGH© copyright 2011
  2. 2. Issues Today• Publications deluge / data deluge ?• Repeatability, citability, “mashability”• Algorithmic assistance to researchers• Web of data & Web of documents• Walled gardens vs interoperability• ... [ paste your issue here] ...
  3. 3. Drivers• Scientific, technical and social challenges• Moore’s Law, the Web, Instrument platforms• Research / education funding levels +/-• Profits - publishers, pharmas, IT, ...• Open source & open access communities• The scientific community & its needs
  4. 4. A little history Scientific printing GPO print Journalculture c. 1450 1660 1665 IBM S/360 Internet Web Webculture 1964 1980s 1991
  5. 5. A table of data from Philos Trans R Soc Lond 1(4):56
  6. 6. design for air pump, Boyle & Hooke 1659
  7. 7. Curator of Experiments Secretary Members, Subscribers and Correspondents
  8. 8. “virtual witnessing” Social Studies of Science, Vol. 14, No. 4. (Nov., 1984), pp. 481-520.
  9. 9. “virtual witnessing” c. 2011
  10. 10. CAUTION: contains rhetoric - do not remove*
  11. 11. CAUTION: contains rhetoric - do not remove* *actual data may not be included
  12. 12. Core Pattern
  13. 13. Core Patternargument, claim, terminology, evidence
  14. 14. What Shapin teaches us• scientific publications are arguments to witnesses, supported by evidence• instruments (including software) are important, but not all-important• the scientific social community is critical
  15. 15. Ecosystems• We are designing for ecosystems• People, technologies, publications, data, all have to work together as an ecosystem• Key artifacts and activities have multiple roles and social consituencies• The future ecosystem grows from the present ecosystem
  16. 16. Questions• Why does Shapin call scientific papers a literary “technology”?• What makes something an “ecosystem”?

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