This is a list of the points I want to cover when introducing the session on Polemics. A list looks a bit dry but I promise to be polemical. And try to show some demos at the end. The polemics are constructive in that I shall suggest how we can change the #scholpub world by building a better one than the current one.
NOTE: Do not be overwhelmed by the scale of this. Together we can do it.
It is critical we act now
- Semantics/Mining is now seen as an opportunity by some publishers to “add value” by building walled gardens.
- Increasing attempts to convince authors to use CC-NC.
- We must develop semantic resources ahead of this and push the edges
One person can change the world
We must create a coherent community
- Open Streetmap,
- OKFN Crowdcrafting,
- Blue Obelisk (Chemistry – PMR),
- Give power to authors
- Discover, aggregate and search (“Google for science”)
- Make the literature computable
- Enhance readers with semantic aids
- Smart “invisible” capture of information
Practice before Politics
- Create compelling examples
- Add Value
- Make authors’ lives easier
- Mine and semanticize current scholarship.
Text Tables Diagrams Data
- Text (chemistry, species)
- Tables (Jailbreak corpus)
- Diagrams chemical spectra, phylogenetic trees
- Data (output). Quixote
Material to start with
- Open information (EuropePMC, theses)
- “data not copyrightable”. Supp data, tables, data-rich diagrams
- Push the limits of what’s allowed (forgiveness not permission)
Disciplines/artefacts with good effort/return ratio
- Phylogenetic trees (Ross Mounce + PMR)
- Nucleic acid sequences
- Chemical formulae and reactions
- Regressions and models
- Clinical/human studies (tables)
- Dose-response curves
Tools, services, resources
We need a single-stop location for tools
- Research-enhancing tools (science equiv of Git/Mercurial). Capture and validate work continuously
- Common approach to authoring
- Crawling tools for articles, theses.
- PDF and Word converters to “XML”
- NLP tools and examples
- Table hackers
- Diagram hackers
- Logfile hackers
- Semantic repositories
- Abbreviations and glossaries
Dictionaries and dictionary builders
Advocacy, helpers, allies
Bodies who may be interested (speculative, I haven’t asked them):
- Funders of science
- major Open publishers
- Funders of social change (Mellon, Sloane, OSF…)
- SPARC, DOAJ, etc.
- Crowdcrafting (OKF, am involved with this)