Sharing Research Objects

Social networking site for researchers aims to make academic papers a thing of the past, PhysOrg.com, July 16, 2009.  Excerpts:

myExperiment, the social networking site for scientists, has set out to challenge traditional ideas of academic publishing as it enters a new phase of funding.

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[According to the developers] researchers will in the future be sharing new forms of “Research Objects” rather than academic publications.

Research Objects contain everything needed to understand and reuse a piece of research, including workflows, data, research outputs and provenance information. They provide a systematic and unbiased approach to research, essential when researchers are faced with a deluge of data.

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The myExperiment Enhancement project will integrate myExperiment with the established EPrints research repository in Southampton and Manchester’s new e-Scholar institutional repository. With its emphasis on social networking, myExperiment provides essential social infrastructure for researchers to discover and share Research Objects and to benefit from multidisciplinary collaborations.

From the Main Page for myExperiment:

myExperiment is a collaborative environment where scientists can safely publish their workflows and experiment plans, share them with groups and find those of others.

Comment: Found via a FriendFeed entry from Jim Hardy. In the comments about this entry, questions were raised about whether or not the headline of the news release in PhysOrg.com misrepresents the intended purpose of myExperiment. What’s being published are “workflows and experiment plans“, not “academic papers“.

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