Notes: Researchers and New Technology (Martin Weller, chapter 5)
Posted Oktober 24, 2011on:
Open research results: Researchers are using web2.0 tools / internet services related to their work or for communication in networks / communities. The use of these tools depends on the research subject and not on age. (yeah – as theoretical physicsist we had the internet and mail and chat already in 1986). Researchers do not like much to share their findings via social media. Print publications are more important than online ones, and with respect to open access publishing they worry about quality (I’m so happy that Martin’s book is open accessible – I love it to read online and write my notes as well). Young scientists are not free to publish via open access as they habe to prove that they are good enough for well renowned journals.
Open data: There is a movement towards giving open access to data sets as public good.
Social networks of reseachers base on f2f contacts, and they tend to cooperate together in the same network. (Yes, I’m actually supporting a Madam Curie Initial Training Network in the use of the virtual room as a meeting and exchange place – and was rather shocked that the early stage researchers valued f2f meetings much more than virtual exchange).
Use of web2.0 tools: Funding politics doesn’t support new ways of presenting and sharing research results. Scientists approach web2.0 tools very cuatiously as quality and reliability are important for their reputation. Futhermore e.g. writing in blogs is against the culture of scientist as they don’t want to write quickly and spontaneously – including errors in type of fast communication. Furthermore it is mostly unpredictable which impact blog posts, twitter tweets, .. will have.
Possible future trends: Granularity: as tracks instead of albums online essays will be circulated instead of books. As an important part of research is based on how the results are communicated – we can expect research to change when the communication of the outpot changes. Online cooperation will increase and contribute to research.