New technologies for accessing cutting edge science
The internet is revolutionising research in many ways. It is challenging the way scientists communicate and interrogate each other's results and findings. This is a push for open and reproducible science, and a new wave of metrics to help define and measure researcher contributions. Scientific research is becoming accessible to more people more of the time, from students just starting out in science to established academics pushing forward into new fields.
Are you interested in finding out more about this changing landscape of scientific publication and communication? If so, join us for a fast-paced discussion at the next #FuturePub event, organised by WriteLaTeX and being hosted at Nesta, London at 6.30pm on Tuesday 20 May.
With a focus on how technology is impacting the communication, scrutiny and access to science publishing, we have a great line up of six speakers giving short talks on their latest work.
Cheyne Tan, Co-founder and MD of BlikBook
Founded in 2010, BlikBook is a platform which connects students and their lecturers to help raise student engagement and encourage interaction, without increasing the workload on lecturers. Now in use at universities worldwide, Cheyne will give an overview of how BlikBook works, and discuss how it fits into the wider changes in science and education.
Joseph McArthur, Co-founder of the Open Access Button and Pharmacology Student at UCL
The Open Access Button lets scientists raise a virtual flag whenever they hit a paywall blocking access to research. Joseph is one of the co-founders, and will give a quick overview about what the Open Access Button is, the work that has been done since launch and extend an invitation to connect and work with people doing similar work in London.
Lou Woodley, Co-founder of MySciCareer and writer of 'Social in silico'
Recently launched, MySciCareer is a regularly updated resource of first-person stories about their science careers, to help spread the word on the diverse opportunities now available to scientists. Social in Silico is a project investigating how people, science and technology connect. Lou will talk a bit about both, and how they tie into science communication as a whole.
Richard Smith, Founder of Nowomics
Nowomics is a new website to help life scientists keep up with the latest information relevant to their research. Richard has been building software for biologists for over a decade, and his previous project was InterMine, a biological data warehouse system used at several major academics sites. Hearing many times from biologists that it was hard to keep track of new information, Richard started Nowomics to address the problem.
Greg Tebbutt, Full Stack Developer at Sparrho
From a rather eclectic background in computational physics (accelerated simulations for tsunami defences, to Monte Carlo simulations of particle collisions), Greg is now one of three developers working to aggregate, distill and recommend scientific information at Sparrho. Sparrho is a content discovery platform for scientific information, and Greg will give us an overview of what it does and how it works.
Cat Chimes, Head of Marketing for Altmetric
Altmetric is a London based startup focused on making article level metrics easy. As Altmetrics enters the mainstream, Cat will take a quick look at some of the use cases to date amongst authors, institutions and publishers. Who is using these metrics, and what exactly are they getting from them? Is it what we expected, or something entirely different?
Register for a free ticket today to guarantee your place, and we look forward to seeing you on the 20th!
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