The Eurodoc is a conference providing a framework for young European researchers from multiple disciplines. The annual meeting took place in Vienna from March 11-15, 2010. Young researchers from all over Europe were meeting to engage in interdisciplinary communication, networking and workshops. One of them, “Science 2.0″, was dealing with opportunities to carry out research activities in the open from the very beginning.
Open Science throughout the complete research process
The workshop was lead by Daniel Mietchen, a biologist who is striving to do his research and teaching in the open as far as possible.
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 Hendle)
Although scientific research is a collaborative endeavour which would greatly benefit from such direct interactions between participants, few researchers have started to explore the possibilities of the Web in areas they are not familiar with. The workshop addressed how science would look like if researchers would be less resistant to the new opportunities. Web 2.0 should be combined with scientific methods and many such combinations are currently being explored. Of special interest are those who allow to make the research more widely accessible.
More than Twitter usage
Mietchen was demonstrating ongoing projects and the usage of networking tools for researchers. The participants debated how blogs, feeds and social networking tools could enrich the scientific proceess (e. g. why Friendfeed might be better than Twitter for scientists and why open peer reviewing of research proposals might enrich our scientific culture). Twitter messages containing the hashtag #eurodoc2010 and a discussion group on Friendfeed were displayed in real time during the workshop.
Participants worked collaboratively on a document accessible here – some recommendations can be found at the end of the post. There’s also a short summary of Cameron Neylon at Slideshare explaining why Open Science is useful to researchers.
Summary of the workshop (including lots of links to open scientific methods in all steps of the research process)