Science2.0: it’s coming…
Grid-based, heavy-weight computing infrastructures, driven as they largely have been by the needs of researchers requiring High Performance Computing or High Throughput Computing, do not necessarily address the different needs of scientists across the full range of research areas and disciplines. Consequently, what we now observe is a ‘grass roots’ led appropriation by these latter groups of more flexible, lightweight, easily configurable and rapidly deployable technologies originating from the Web sphere.
Scientific American calls it science2.0. They write:
A small but growing number of researchers (and not just the younger ones) have begun to carry out their work via the wide-open tools of Web 2.0. And although their efforts are still too scattered to be called a movement—yet—their experiences to date suggest that this kind of Web-based “Science 2.0” is not only more collegial than traditional science but considerably more productive.
We had a nice illustration of this evolution when some colleagues asked us for access to the data that underpin our recent paper on Quantitative analysis of user-generated content on the Web. (The links in our paper were broken 😉
In Scientific American, the spokesperson for Nature seems to get it: “Our real mission isn’t to publish journals but to facilitate scientific communication,” he says…
IEEE is also trying to make progress in this area, with its “computing now” initiative:
I saw a tremendous opportunity to finally catch up with the rest of the community that is living and breathing Web 2.0, social networking, long tail, and global knowledge. Could we finally convert the one-way, broadcast model of IEEE CS publications into two-way communication between the authors and the community?
This is going to be so much fun, and we’re certainly planning to try some things – more later. For now, I think that Boris Zivkovic sums up my ideas quite well:
“About 99 percent of these ideas are going to die. But some will emerge and spread. I wouldn’t like to predict where all this is going, but I’d be happy to bet that we’re going to like it when we get there.”
Would love to hear YOUR ideas…