Of course, this conference would not be itself if it was not full of Open Access evangelists and a lot of sessions about the world of publishing, the data, repositories, building a semantic web, networking and other things that scientists can now do in the age of WWW. This year, apart from journalists/writers, the largest cohort appear to be librarians and information scientists. So it is not surprising to see a number of sessions (and several demos) on these topics, for example:
Description: Why are my librarians bothering me with all this repository nonsense? What's a repository, and how is it different from a website? What can a repository do for me? Why should I bother with them? Does anybody use them? What's all this about metadata, anyway? Find out from a real live repository librarian!
Science in the cloud - John Hogenesch
Description: A series of parallel revolutions are occurring in science as data, analysis, ideas, and even scientific manuscript authoring are moving away from the desktop and into the cloud. In this session we will focus on science and the cloud starting with the concept of Open Access, moving to cloud-based computation and its use cases, and how new efforts are bringing cloud approaches to the entire authorship and review process. Discuss here.
Shakespeare wasn't a semantic web guy - Jonathan Rees
Description: That which we call a rose, by any other name, wouldn't be identified by a computer as a rose. This talk will go through the Shared Name initiative which promotes community-wide use of shared names for records from public databases. The goal is to have a significant effect on the practice of bioinformatics by making it easier to share and link data sets and tools across projects. Selecting and maintaining names is a serious capacity building problem for moving the RDF world from the hacker and hobbyist community to the regular user. And a growing body of experience emphasizes that for any solution to be generally adopted, it must not only be technically sound, but also serve and empower the community of users. Discuss here.
Medicine 2.0 and Science 2.0--where do they intersect? - Walter Jessen
Description: Medicine 2.0 applications, services and tools are defined as Web-based services for healthcare consumers/patients, health professionals and biomedical researchers that use Web 2.0 technologies and/or semantic web and virtual reality approaches to enable and facilitate (1) social networking; (2) participation; (3) apomediation (guidance generated and available from peripheral mediators); (4) openness; and (5) collaboration within and between these user groups for the purposes of maintaining and/or restoring human health. How are these themes being applied in scientific research? What are the reasons some themes are better applied than others? How are researchers integrating Science 2.0 tools into their workflows? Do they offer an immediate benefit? Where could there be improvement? What are the social and cultural obstacles to widespread adoption of Medicine 2.0 and Science 2.0? Discuss here.
Description: Find free, scholarly, science stuff on the Internet, via your public or state library, or on the "free Web." Learn tips & tricks for getting full-text science research at all levels, through resources like DOAJ and NC Live (for those with a North Carolina library card; other states often offer free resources to library card holders). Find out about some options for storing science material at your academic institution's Institutional Repository. We will also talk about the broader access to material stored in institutional repositories and elsewhere on the Web. Discuss here.
Open Access Publishing and Freeing the Scientific Literature (or Why Freedom is about more than just not paying for things) - Jonathan Eisen
Description: Open Access (OA) publishing in science has and continues to spread. We will discuss a variety of issues relating to OA publishing including different types of OA, why "open" and "free (as in no cost)" mean different things, the latest government and university mandates on OA publishing, financial aspects of OA, and the interdependence of OA and other forms of open science. Discuss here.
Description: Reference managers, sometimes called citation managers or bibliography managers, help you keep, organize, and re-use citation information. A few years ago, the options were limited to expensive proprietary desktop clients or BibTeX for people writing in LaTeX. Now we've got lots of choices, many that are online, support collaboration and information sharing, and that work with the authoring tools you use to write papers. In this session we'll hear from representatives of some of these tools and we'll talk about the features that make them useful. Together we will discuss some tips and tricks, best practices and maybe even get into upcoming features, wish lists and the future of citation management software. Discuss here.
Description: We will discuss online and mobile applications for earth science research, including solid earth, ocean, and atmosphere subtopics. Current topics planned for discussion are Google Earth for geospatial applications, iPhone and other mobile applications, collaboration tools such as Google Wave, and cloud computing platforms such as Amazon's EC2 for computationally intensive applications such as seismic tomography or climate modeling. Also, we'll discuss web analytics: defining and measuring what makes a science website or online application successful. Discuss here.
Description: Changes in a country in neverending transition are affecting deeply both PhD students and qualified researchers. To enter or to stay in Serbian scientific community depends only on participation in journals positioned on SCI list. Moreover, ranking system is not stable, it could be changed quickly upon decision of small group of scientists already established as tenured. More than thinking about challenging topics in science that are worthy to work on, scientists in Serbia should calculate what and where to publish with the minimum of costs in order to reach as high score as possible, and ensure payment for the following months. Changing ranking system amongst scientists, as well Bologna accords implementation in practice: what are thoughts amongst students and researchers at two institutions in Serbia: IBISS and Faculty of Natural Sciences University of Nis. What are the guidelines to help overcoming obstacles in this process? Are promotion and approval of the Open Access journals the best helping hands in overcoming obstacles and bringing Serbian science where it belongs? The results of discussed session ScienceOnline in 2009 and points of view of researchers in natural sciences. Importance of the short time in publishing in open science with urgency of protecting endangered species and habitats. Discuss here.
Article-level metrics - Peter Binfield
Description: In an attempt to measure the article, as opposed to the journal it is published in, PLoS has recently implemented a suite of article-level metrics on all PLoS Articles. These metrics include online usage, citations, social bookmarks, comments, notes, ratings, and blog coverage. This presentation will go into the motivation for this program; provide information on how it has been implemented; and cover plans for future enhancements. Discuss here.
Description: The sharing of experimental data under near real-time conditions has a place in the scientific process. Some recent examples in chemistry will be detailed using social software such as blogs, wikis and public Google Spreadsheets. In one example the utility of sharing solubility measurements not available from the traditional scientific literature will be detailed. In another case work published in the peer-reviewed literature was evaluated extremely quickly by the blogosphere to resolve some controversial claims. The full sharing of experimental details was essential to resolving the issue. See here for more information on Open Notebook Science. Discuss here.