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The future of scientific information & communication presented at the SUNY Potsdam Academic Festival

This is a LONG presentation….I talk about the “It’s All About Me” attitude that can positively feed science….we want to share OUR science, we want people to know about our opinions, our activities, our collaborators, we want to get funding, recognition and attribution. And why not…it can all be to the benefit of science.

This presentation was given at the SUNY Potsdam Academic Festival

The future of scientific information & communication

Our access to scientific information has changed in ways that were hardly imagined even by the early pioneers of the internet. The immense quantities of data and the array of tools available to search and analyze online content continues to expand while the pace of change does not appear to be slowing. While scientists now have access to the enormous capacities and capability of the internet the vast majority of scientific communication continues to be through peer-reviewed scientific journals. The measure of a scientist’s contribution is primarily represented by their publication profile and the citations to their published works and offers an incomplete view of their activities. However, we are at the beginning of a new revolution where the ability to communicate offers the opportunity to embrace new forms of publishing and where scientific participation and influence will be measured in new ways. This presentation will provide an overview of our new generation of “openness” in which open source, open standards, open access and open data are proliferating. The future of scientific information and communication will be underpinned by these efforts, influenced by increasing participation from the scientific community and facilitated collaboration and ultimately accelerate scientific progress.

 

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A Conversation with Peter Suber – Navigating the Complexities of Open Access Definitions

Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk with Peter Suber. If you have not heard the name then his website speaks volumes in regards to his interests and involvement in Open Access. The opening line on is website kind of says it all: “I am an independent policy strategist for open access to scientific and scholarly research literature. Most of my work consists of research, writing, consulting, and advocacy.”

I am NOT an Open Access expert. in fact, I can comment that I have found it difficult to navigate the issues. My experience is that when trying to build a community the best path forward is phone conversation when face-to-face is not available. I approached Peter with the following questions and discussion points.

1) Some clarity around Free versus Open access
2) Open Data (http://www.opendefinition.org/1.0/ )versus Creative Commons
3) How ChemSpider is trying to be “Open”
4) Are we allowed to say we are “Open” under our activities?

After a one hour phone conversation with Peter I admit to be much more educated and at ease with how ChemSpider is operating and how we fit into the Open Access and Open Data world. I am clear now with we are doing fine in our position and our intent despite the fact that we may have not yet posted all of OUR understandings of the definitions. There is one major outcome from this for me to execute on. I will be defining our POLICY around openness in the near future when there is a little more bandwidth to get it done. It is very clear that language and definitions are of hypercritical importance in this domain.

One major learning…reach out to talk with the experts. A voice to voice conversation and dialog is far more interactive, entertaining and informative than a web search for definitions. Thank you Peter!

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2007 in Community Building

 

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