STM Innovations Seminar 2010
Flows in Flux: how publishing technologies change the researcher's life

Videos provided by River-Valley Technologies - an STM member.

play Addressing the Discontinuity between doing research and disseminating research
Prof. Philip E. Bourne
Pharmacology UCSD, and Editor-in-Chief of PloS Computational Biology
In a previous era the discontinuity between doing research and publishing it was understandable. Ideas and hypotheses were written in laboratory note books, results of experiments would be manual readings also written in notebooks and manuscripts would be typed and hardcopy submitted for publication. In an era were we have a digital continuum across the scientific process, it is surprising how little has changed. We, as scientists, are largely to blame. As providers and consumers of science we have not pushed publishers to better disseminate our science so that it can be more widely and more easily comprehended. We are hung up on the rewards of the traditional process, when we should be doing more to change it. Open access opened the door slightly, interactive PDFs and semantic tagging are examples of further steps, but data, methods and the knowledge derived from those data and methods typically remain disparate, and little use is made of modern digital technologies such as rich media [1] to address these shortcomings and I will follow up with at least how we and other scientists are trying to move the ball forward.
play Enriching scientific citations to facilitate knowledge discovery
Dr. David M. Shotton
Image BioInformatics Research Group, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
The act of citation of others’ preceding work is a central social process in the practice of science, formalized in the reference lists that typically conclude journal articles. The advent of on-line publishing made references linkable, although some references in on-line papers may still lack direct hyperlinks to the cited articles. However, such references refer blandly to each cited article as a whole, with no indication as to the citation’s rhetorical purpose.
play The gatekeeper is dead: Long live the gatekeeper!
Dr. Cameron Neylon
Senior Scientist at STFC Didcot, UK
An important traditional role of the scholarly literature has been a s a filter, selecting those submissions to the permanent scholarly record that are worthy of the cost of printing and distribution, and worthy of the attention of researchers checking the latest issues in the library. At its centre lies the editor, academic or professional, who makes a choice about how limited resources will be allocated. This made sense when the bottleneck was printing and distributing. In a web-world where the cost of making something available is low, it makes sense to publish everything, just in case, but how we will manage the information overload?
play Nature on iPad and iPhone
Euan Adie (Presented by Howard Ratner)
play SciVal – productivity measurements
Lisa Colledge
play Springer Materials
Thomas Mager
play ChemSpider
Richard Kidd
Royal Society of Chemistry
play New Developments on ScholarOne
Keith Collier
Thomson Reuters
play Your Brain on Computers
Matthew D. Richtel
2010 Putlizer Prize winner, The New York Times
Keynote sponsored by the IEEE
play Utopia Documents
Adam Marshall
Portland Press
play CrossMark
Ed Pentz
play Internationalization of interfaces
Richard Wynne
Aries System
play New Pathways to Research
Jonathan Morgan
play Mendeley, by the numbers
play New and emerging technologies for reference software
Jason E. Rollins
Director of Product Development, Thomson Reuters Scientific and Healthcare
Over the past several decades, bibliographic management tools have emerged as de facto standards among the academic software toolkit. EndNote, Refworks and many others are used by researchers across the academic spectrum. But, do these tools help make things more productive and, if so, how? The session will attempt to address this and other related issues by presenting an overview of the role of bibliographic/reference management software in the scientific researcher workflow. The current landscape will be explored including case studies of leading tools and highlights of new and emerging technologies.
play ORCID, a universal ID for authors and contributors
Howard Ratner
CTO, Nature Publishing Group
A unique researcher identifier is required to create a clear and unambiguous scholarly record. This will greatly facilitate the scientific discovery process, and will improve the efficiency of funding and collaboration. This identifier should transcend institutions, disciplines, and national boundaries, and should be trustworthy and persistent over time. The Open Researcher & Contributor ID (ORCID) initiative was started exactly one year ago here in London to fulfill this promise. In September 2010, ORCID Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit organization. ORCID aims to solve the author/contributor name ambiguity problem in scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers and an open and transparent linking mechanism between ORCID and other current author ID schemes. Howard Ratner, CTO of Nature Publishing Group and Chair of the Board of Directors of ORCID will talk about the significant progress that the ORCID initiative has made in the last 12 months, and the challenges that lie ahead.

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