Outdated communication formats based on print. Information overload. The challenges of verifying research claims and re-using results from experiments.
These are some of the issues affecting the research community and slowing down their ability to share research.. Along with new tools, publishing models and current assessment metrics, these topics will be discussed and developed at the Beyond the PDF2 conference March 19 and 20 in Amsterdam.
This event is organized by Force 11 (the Future of Research communication and e-Scholarship), a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders. This community grew out of an earlier Beyond the PDF workshop at the University of California, San Diego, in 2011 with a follow-up session in Dagsthul. It was at these gatherings that a small group of like-minded individuals created a movement to change how scholarly information is created and shared using information technology. Today it also includes those who contribute their knowledge of emerging technologies, policies, funding mechanisms and business models.
Beyond the PDF[caption id="attachment_18057" align="alignright" width="475"] Apply for a travel grant by February 15. Elsevier is supporting the participation of young academics by making travel grants available, and Force 11 has already received submissions from Europe, North America and Africa. The deadline is February 15. To apply, submit your application here.[/caption]
The original conference consisted of free and organic discussion, with groups breaking off into sessions to cover the issues surrounding scholarly communication. The goal was to encourage face-to-face conversations among attendees in a way that fostered the creation of tools, frameworks, projects and collaborative partnerships. Participants talked about ways to make results, data and software accessible to researchers so they can verify and share data as they are pursuing their own research.
Call it an “unconference” if you will, with the minimal amount of structure and the maximum amount of enthusiasm. From this came the Force 11 Manifesto, setting up the vision, problems to be solved, solutions and next steps that were agreed on by members and attendees.
The second Beyond the PDF conference — described as "a conference to advance next-generation scholarly communication — is geared towards keeping the spirit of the first as it takes stock of what has been achieved in the past year, while looking toward the future. Together with attendees, Force11 will define what can be done now: a goal they call "making it happen." Those wishing to create workshops will cover promoting the community, sharing best practices and tools, while focusing on the best ways to move projects forward
Agents of changeAnother aim of the March conference is to broaden the participation of young academics (students and post-docs) by providing a platform for them to be agents of change. They are encouraged to bring ideas to challenge the status quo of present scholarly communication and how they see its digital future.
While recognizing the valuable input that experienced researchers, librarians, funders and publishers bring to the conference, the organizers say the input of young academics is crucial to move the direction of scholarly communication forward. [caption id="attachment_18072" align="alignright" width="162"] Anita de Waard[/caption] [pullquote align="right"]A young woman came up to me and said, ‘My generation doesn’t believe in papers any more. By the time my paper comes out, I’ve already tweeted about it and started a new collaboration.'[/pullquote]
“A new generation of scientists who have grown up in a social, digital age look at scholarly communication in an entirely new way,” explains Anita de Waard (@anitawaard), a founding member of Force 11 and VP of Research Data Collaborations at Elsevier. “For instance, they don’t necessarily see the paper as the core way to communicate their research.
“After a recent talk I gave at the AAMC meeting (Association of American Medical Colleges), a young woman came up to me and said, ‘My generation doesn’t believe in papers any more. By the time my paper comes out, I’ve already tweeted about it and started a new collaboration.” [note color="#f1f9fc" position="right" width=350 margin=10]
Preliminary ProgramI. New models for content creation: text, data and multimedia II. New models for content dissemination and review III. New models for evaluation IV. Making the business case for new scholarly communications approaches V. Making it happen VI. Visions of the future VII. Demonstrations
Force 11 ManifestoDownload Force 11's Manifesto as a (yes) PDF.[/note]
A 'vision incubator' session
To encourage this movement, Elsevier is supporting a Vision incubator session, where attendees can present their ideas in 3-minute lightning rounds to a panel of academic, technology and publishing members. De Waard will be chairing this session, and Olivier Dumon, Managing Director of Academic and Research Markets at Elsevier, will be a judge. The flow of information will be two-way; students will also benefit from the experience of panelists who can offer support and insight into a world that is relatively new and that they are just beginning to navigate.
Throughout the conference, students can receive input on their collaborations, workflows, tools and process pain points – and most importantly, find out where digital can benefit most from a newcomer’s outlook. They are the “new researchers” and will demand other ways of measuring, communicating, collaborating and sharing information.
They will go far beyond the PDF. [caption id="attachment_18060" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Force 11 describes its second Beyond the PDF conference as "a conference to advance next-generation scholarly communication." Click on the screenshot to visit the website.[/caption] [divider top="0"] [caption id="attachment_18070" align="alignleft" width="110"] Colby Riese[/caption]