Science is regaining something what has gone lost since the origins of modern science in the 17 th century: having science as a truley collaborative endaevor to increase our understanding of the world and addressing human mankinds greatest challenges.
Scientists frustrated by the pressure on them to publish in high-impact journals and lack of sufficient acces to data and publications, turn to “facebook for scientists” type of online fora, to share knowledge and data.
This has the potential to make science more:
-reliable (as it allows early, and better and more effective data-verification)
– efficient, as it can prevent planned, useless duplication of similar research efforts elsewhere on the globe and extend collobaration to a broader range of collaborators
-responsive to the societal demands of citizens, as science could become more transparant and open as before
-credible, as issues of scientific integrity could be better tackled in an open and transparent context.
-extensive in the incorporation of a broader range of scientific knowledge producers beyond the academic context and including, for example, citizen scientists and scientists with limited financial suport.
-facilitate globally organised mission oriented research, having scientists sharing knowledge and data prior to publication and thus advancing science at a faster pace. ( Huan genome project which included moratoria on publications was an early example).
The European Commission, not committed yet to any views on the subject matter, is about to launch a public consultation to better understand the developments what the Research Commissioner calls ” ‘Science 2.0′: the next scientific transformation”. I encourage anyone to respond to this consultation which will be available soon, in the mean time to see the Research and Innovation Commissioner’ speech at ESOF of 24 June 2014:
See:Speech at ESOF
ONLINE CONSULATION NOW OPEN
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