Research or Perish! The Decentralized Web and Open Research. A Report from the FORCE11 2018 Montreal Conference

Image: FORCE11 2018 Montreal Conference, group photo

I attended the FORCE11 annual conference—an event with a very broad coverage of scholarly communications—with a mission in mind. This mission was to see what decentralized web (DWeb) research projects had matured to a level to be reusable in the working context of a scholars. Most DWeb systems and services are in an alpha phase, so in early R&D state where things are still experimental and not meant for large scale professional use. When a systems is in an alpha phase the objective is to carry out R&D to be able to test a set of assumptions and so improve a system to be able for it to move onto become a beta system, and then a full release. My very real concern is that almost all DWeb systems being proposed don’t know enough about how scholars and academia works, and instead use very thin models of scholarly workflows, that in turn means the chances of adoption, moving through the development phases, or solving the big problems in science communications are greatly reduced.

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The Busiest Researchers Ever! The Decentralized Web & Ending the Culture of Misguided Metrics in Science

Caption: ‘International System of Units’. The SI base units: Symbol, Name, Quantity. A ampere electric current. k kelvin temperature. s second time. m metre length. kg kilogram mass. cd candela luminous intensity. mol mole amount of substance. Wikipedia.

Karmen Condic-Jurkic looks at a reboot for academic knowledge infrastructures with the decentralized web as a thought catalyst for making science in new ways: to disseminate knowledge faster and more easily; and to call for a clean start on metrics for making better research by rewarding—best practice, scientific integrity, or to steer research to be socially relevant for example with experiments in tokenomics.

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Collaborative Writing for Open SciFi: An Invitation!

Writing project postponed until after the summer!

The hot, hot, summer is effecting all of us in the Northern Hemisphere, so the Open SciFi writing project will be postponed until after the summer. Any questions, comments, please drop a line. Twitter @genr_r_ or email simon@genr.eu

Join in the collaborative SciFi short story writing on the Open Science topic of future tech ecologies: ‘the ideal Software Citation system’.

The aim is to collaboratively write an Open SciFi short story about what an ideal technology scenario would be for citing sources, especially software citation.

The story will be set ten years into the future, in 2028, at the time of a global disaster, an epidemic. What is thought to be the Ebola Virus Disease has broken out globally and scientist are rushing to find a cure or stem the outbreak.

What would be the impact that if since 2024 there had been fully automated knowledge systems where any ‘digital object’ in all Research Information Systems could be retrieved and seamlessly combined in real-time — by anyone, anywhere, and for free.

The finished article will be published 1st August on Gen R

The writing project will be postponed until after the summer.

Writing sprints each weekday 3-5pm CEST, starting Thursday 26 July

Message or DM on Twitter @Gen_R_ #FutureCite

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Open Science #Barcamp: Software Citation

Image: Barcamp Open Science, Berlin, March 2018. Photo credits: Bettina Ausserhofer. All photos are also published at Wiki Commons under the CC BY 4.0 license.

A report from the barcamp session on software citation at Barcamp Open Science, Berlin, March 2018.

The Barcamp Open Science organized by the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 and hosted by Wikimedia Deutschland was designed as a pre-event before the two day Open Science Conference. The Barcamp offers a space for discussion, for developing new ideas and knowledge exchange on experiences and best practices in Open Science for researchers and practitioners from various backgrounds, with an emphasis on bringing together novices and experts.

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