Thursday, March 08, 2007

An Open Scientific Future (or, an email to OWW)

"If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Would you pitch a project? Launch a web site? Teach a hack?"

Check out Deepak Singh's presentation at Ignite Seattle, An Open Scientific Future.

I liked his observation that scientists already have pretty good access to information via tools like ncbi, but to use sites like that you really have to know what you're looking for quoting (he showed a quote by Jon Udell: "Effective search depends on reservoirs of tacit knowledge and conscious skill. Some people possess much deeper resevoirs, and/or can tap into them more effectively, than others. That makes them valuable.")

He then said "I do know what I'm looking for but I can't share that information with the rest of the world, it's limited to me. And that's the challenge, and that's why science needs to get open. Because historically it resided inside us completely." He then talks about some current examples of systems that allow the community to share that expertise in finding data.

Also, Austin and I just checked out his blog and noticed his post about OWW and that OWW has now got a technorati tag. Also also, I just noticed that someone named pedro is mentioned on deepaks blog as interviewing Jason, so Jason, is this all old hat to you?


Deepak said...

Hi Folks .. Deepak here. I am not sure Pedro interviewed Jason, but rather just reviewd OWW:Reviews, although it's possible that they know each other.

Pedro Beltrão said...

No, I did not interview him, I was just promoting the idea on the wiki reviews. I know him from the 1st Science Foo camp.