Report: Science Ecosystem 2.0: how will change occur?

book-933088_640The advent of Open Science and the digital technologies enabling open science is facing researchers with many changes in the way they are doing science, communicating science, and being evaluated. Connected Researcher does its part by helping researchers transition towards a more open and collaborative science by introducing them specialized digital tools.

But the European Commission, led by the commissioner for research, science and innovation Carlos Moedas, has also been very pro-active at looking at how the research and innovation ecosystems are being effected by digital technologies and other changes in organizational and work habits. They have launched major public consultation in the summer of 2014 and have now started to suggest rather ambitious policy actions (such as the launch of a common Cloud for researchers).

I was commissioned a report describing what the future of Science and innovation ecosystem could look like in an Open Science world. The report was commissioned as part of the activities of the Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Experts” (RISE) high level group. The mission of the RISE group is described on the EC’s website as follows.

RISE gives direct strategic support to the European Commissioner for research, innovation, and science and to the European Commission. It focuses on how to best use EU research, innovation, and science policy to address the European growth model and to create the conditions for a different type of growth, a growth that is smart, economically and environmentally sustainable, and socially inclusive for the EU and associated countries within a globalized world.

have a look if you are interested. The report is available on the European data sharing platform Zenodo:

Five new tools added to the toolbox!

Ftoolbox-152140_640ive tools today added to the list today to hep researchers in their every day tasks. Find the complete list on the online tools for researchers page. I’ve also added a graph digitizer (dcsDigitiser) to the list you can find in this blog post.

  • Lab SuitInventory Management, orders Management, materials Trade-In, price Comparison.

So what’s “trade-in”? Well, it is simply opening up your lab inventory to other researchers. The more give away, the more you can ask others in return. A potentially great way to formalize the reagent exchange emailing list that most departments have.

  • Journal of Brief Ideas – Provides a place for short ideas to be described – in 200 words or less -, archived, searchable and citable.

This is based of the concept that ideas are common resource, and that it is only the way the idea is acted upon that should be attributed to group or individuals. Also check out the RIO journal that offers researchers to publish their research proposals.

  • SciFeed – Uses various data sources and natural language processing to identify important new scientific advances.

Probably a good way to keep on top of major scientific advances in all fields. This however won’t analyze your interest to suggest recent articles in your field.

  • – Online platform for professional networking and sharing of knowledge in life sciences.

There, you will find a number of announcements related to the life sciences. Jobs, events, news, publications and protocols. Haven’t tried it myself.

  • F1000 workspace – A workspace for scientists to collect, write and discuss scientific literature.

The latest project from the F100 publishing platform. Check out the short video below.

F1000 – Writing Tools For Scientists from F1000 on Vimeo.