The World Wide Web started out as a project to facilitate scientific research and communication, and in the nearly two decades since its inception, it has revolutionized many aspects of our society, from the local to the global level. Web 2.0 is an umbrella term for web-based tools and services built on two-way interactions between providers and users of information. Yet although scientific research is, at its core, a collaborative endeavour which would greatly benefit from such direct interactions between participants, few researchers have started to explore these new possibilities:
While scientists have gloried in the disruptive effect that the Web is having on publishers and libraries, with many fields strongly pushing open publication models, we are much more resistant to letting it be a disruptive force in the practice of our disciplines. (James Hendler)
Workshop 4 on Friday afternoon will discuss how science would look like if researchers would be less resistant on the latter part of Hendler’s quote. The focus will thus be on Science 2.0, in which Web 2.0 tools are combined with the scientific method. Many such combinations are currently being actively explored, but we will concentrate on those that allow to make the research process and/or its results more widely and more rapidly accessible — an approach that has come to be known as Open Science. On the basis of practical demonstrations from ongoing research and teaching, workshop participants will debate how blogs, wikis, feeds and social networking tools can enrich communication both within and beyond the scientific community, how post-publication peer review and article-based metrics can work, and what the implications are for young researchers and European research policy.
The session will be moderated by Daniel Mietchen. Online participation is encouraged: Twitter messages containing the hashtag #eurodoc2010 will be displayed in real time during the workshop, as will a dedicated discussion group at Friendfeed (latest posts also displayed below). The minutes of the workshop will be taken collaboratively by workshop participants in this document that you can also use to pose questions, make suggestions or add comments — already now and especially during the workshop.
The slides for this session are embedded below: