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Digitization and networking in science

See also this blog post.

While scientists have gloried in the disruptive effect that the Web is having on publishers and libraries, with many fields strongly pushing open publication models, we are much more resistant to letting it be a disruptive force in the practice of our disciplines. — James Hendler


Definitions

  • Digitization: The extent to which computers are utilized during research, in comparison to what would technically be possible.
  • Networking: The extent to which all active researchers with research interests in a given area can be reached.

Table 1: Steps of the research cycle

Read this table as "Across research fields, most of step X of the research cycle" is low/ intermediate/ high in digitization/ networking.

Digitization
lowintermediatehigh
Networkinglowrecording of ideasreference management, preparation of manuscripts and grantsData acquisition and analysis
intermediatepeer reviewformal publications
highconferences

Table 2: Instruments, Tools, methods

Read this table as "Most of the research performed using X" is low/ intermediate/ high in digitization/ networking.

Digitization
lowintermediatehigh
Networkinglowexcavationsarchiveselectrorotation, EEG
intermediateNeuroimaging
highLHC, wikis, blogs (and Science 2.0 in general)

Table 3: Fields of research

Read this table as "Most of the research in the field of X" is low/ intermediate/ high in digitization/ networking.

Digitization
lowintermediatehigh
NetworkinglowArts and humanities; paleontologyMathematics, psychology, medicine, social sciencesAnalytical chemistry, computer science
intermediateEvolution of languagePhysics, neuroimaging, brain morphometry
highParticle physics, astronomy, genetics

A broader perspective

"if you're looking for a narrative that explains the future, consider this: Does the narrative promise you things that sound like religion? A world where today's problems are fixed, but no new problems have arisen? A world where human history is irrelevant? If yes, then you're in the fog of Singularity thinking.
But if that narrative deals with consequences, complications, and many possible outcomes, then you're getting closer to something like a potential truth."


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