My virtual talk in Poland


I am presenting a talk in Poland today – although I am in Rome.

Open science & education conference, Poland

13 Apr 2012 – 14 Apr 2012 Nicolaus Copernicus University (NCU) invites you to the Third International Conference on Open Access, that will take place on 13-14 April in Bydgoszcz, Poland, at Collegium Medicum NCU. This year’s theme is Open science and Open education. More information.

I hope to be on skype from Rome airport – it may be rather hairy.

I tried to create a set of slides and run an audio over them. I used Powerpoint, because it allowed narration easily. It was quite easy to create and I made a 6 minute introduction. But trying to upload it was a disaster – the upload is so asymmetric that it was taking hours and crashing. So I have changed the strategy.

We’ll play the first 6 minutes.

Then if we can’t skype it is worth playing the OKF/JennyMolloy/PMR video

If we can skype then Cameron Neylon has agreed to click through the points and links below while I speak.

Start with the “Academic Spring” The Guardian’s remarkable and remarkably apposite

General points

  • Most science research/data is never properly published or used => Bad science, duplication
  • This costs/loses 100 Billion+ per year; so HUGE opportunities for new business/products. Europe or Silicon Valley??
  • The long-tail of science; scholarship OUTSIDE academia?
  • Conventional publication does not work for data
  • Diversity. No single solution. Communities of scholarship. HEP, Astronomy, Chemistry
  • Domain repositories essential; Inst Repos don’t work for science
  • OPEN. Must be BOAI-compliant: use CC-BY/CC0
  • Are universities the solution or the problem?
  • Sustainability. Funders and National Laboratories
  • Mandates are poor instruments; Culture must change. Rewards?
  • Create an author-centric culture/technology. Semantic documents. “ScienceForge”
  • Sustainability. Alliance with wealth-generation industries?
  • Text-mining VERY topical
  • Theses. Must become centralised semantic, Europe?? NL++, UK–
  • Demos: text-mining, repositories
  • Growing points:
    • Open (Web) Technology continues to advance
    • Linked Open Data / Semantic Web
    • Graduate students
    • Scholarly poor
    • Wikip(m)edia
    • Open Knowledge Foundation

“Slide links” – bold is priority

And a big thank you to everyone in Poland for their patience and to Cameron for helping

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