Published on March 10, 2014
kaitlin thaney @kaythaney ; @mozillascience #scholarAfrica, nairobi / 10 march 2014 discoverability and web-enabled research
doing good is part of our code
help researchers use the power of the open web to change science’s future.
discoverability what the web offers role of data, sharing challenges around “open”
research cycle idea experiment lit review materials publish share results retest analyze collect data
types of information hypothesis/query protocols parameters content non-digital “stuff” articles proceedings negative results analysis code datasets models (added complexity) prof activities mentorship teaching activities
blocking points idea experiment access attaining materials publish share results retest analyze collect data (to name a few ...)
discoverability: ability to access (but also to reuse, disseminate)
technical needs metadata standards discoverability services dissemination platforms APIs, tagging
rewards, incentives, reputation
leveraging the power of the web for scholarship
- access to content, data, code, materials. - emergence of “web-native” tools. - rewards for openness, interop, collaboration, sharing. - push for ROI, reuse, recomputability, transparency. “web-enabled science”
wasted ... $$$ time opportunity
communication access, reuse, scale community-building the web as a platform
early forms of knowledge sharing
emergence of new communities, practice
broader access, engagement, reach
there’s still friction in the system. and duplication out of frustration.
traditions last not because they are excellent, but because inﬂuential people are averse to change and because of the sheer burdens of transition to a better state ... “ “ Cass Sunstein
our systems need to talk to one another. both human and machine, globally.
thinking beyond the PDF. role of data, code, methods.
9 GB/PhD 3 GB/year
30,000,000 GB/all* 9 GB/PhD 3 GB/year * roughly
how much made available? 9 GB/PhD 3 GB/year * roughly 30,000,000 GB/all*
Source: Michener, 2006 Ecoinformatics.
code as a research object what’s needed to reuse ?
Source: Piwowar, et al. PLOS.
is open enough? necessary but not sufﬁcient.
access versus deluge how to reconcile?
our systems need to talk to one another.
we also need to build capacity.
“Reliance on ad-hoc, self- education about what’s possible doesn’t scale.” - Selena Decklemann
education as a means of building community ... globally, as well as across disciplines.
current activity: 129 instructors (60+, training) 109 bootcamps 3700+ learners
in an increasingly digital, data- driven world, what core skills, tools do the next-generation need?
shifting practice (and getting it to stick) is challenging. and we’re here to help.
tools and technology cultural awareness, best practice connections, open dialogue skills training what are the necessary components?
coordination and collaboration are key. design for interoperability. remember the non-technical challenges.
operating in isolation doesn’t scale.
help shape the conversation. teach, contribute, learn. http://software-carpentry.org http://mozillascience.org
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