This is the blog of the LiquidPub project. On this blog we will post updates about new developments within the project. And we will also use it as a platform to share and discuss related and interesting things that we came across in the course of our research.

The LiquidPub project proposes a paradigm shift in the way scientific knowledge is created, disseminated, evaluated and maintained. This shift is enabled by the notion of Liquid Publications, which are evolutionary, collaborative, and composable scientific contributions. Many Liquid Publication concepts are based on a parallel between scientific knowledge artifacts and software artifacts, and hence on lessons learned in (agile, collaborative, open source) software development, as well as on lessons learned from Web 2.0 in terms of collaborative evaluation of knowledge artifacts.

The project is an international and interdisciplinary collaboration between the following partners:  IIIA-CSIS (Barcelona), Institut Nicod-CNRS (Paris), Springer Science (Heidelberg), University of Fribourg and University of Trento. Each of the project member can contribute to the blog, but there are two main bloggers: Aliaksandr Birukou (birukou AT disi.unitn.it) based in Trento and Judith Simon (judith.simon AT ens.fr) based in Paris. While Aliaksandr will keep you updated about technical developments, Judith’s focus is on conceptual questions. In case of any question, comments and suggestions,  please feel free to contact us!

More information about the project is available at http://project.liquidpub.org.
More information about the research results and tools we develop is at http://project.liquidpub.org/research-areas. If you would like to participate in software development of the LiquidPub Platform, see the developers’ section of the website at http://project.liquidpub.org/developers-1

The LIQUIDPUB project acknowledges the financial support of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme within the Seventh Framework Programme for Research of the European Commission, under FET-Open grant number: 21336o.


2 Responses to “About”

  1. Peter Frishauf Says:

    Judith & Aliaksandr

    I’ve been involved in medical information for most of my adult life and am best known as the founder of Medscape. Along with Richard Smith, former editor of BMJ, I have regularly railed against the bogus old-boy-old-girl Peer Review system.

    Recently, both Richard and I opined on this in the Journal of Participatory Medicine (http://www.jopm.org). My article: Reputation Systems: A New Vision for Publishing and Peer Review may be found at http://www.jopm.org/opinion/commentary/2009/10/21/reputation-systems-a-new-vision-for-publishing-and-peer-review/. As you’ll see I proposed a system that could marry up perfectly with Liquid Pubs.

    We followed up the article with this podcast:http://www.jopm.org/opinion/2009/10/21/peer-review-and-reputation-systems-a-discussion/

    And through my affiliation with Patient Power, we’re getting ready to post another JOPM podcast on evidence. I’m moderating and participating along with Richard, Jessie Gruman and Larry Green. This show will be up in a week or so, perhaps earlier.

    I first discussed these concepts in two Medscape Video editorials:

    • Are Traditional Peer-Reviewed Medical Articles Obsolete? (2005) at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/520070

    • The End of Peer Review and Traditional Publishing as We Know It (2008) http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/583316

    It seems Liquid Pub is already going down the road of creating an online Reputation System, so congratulations. So please keep me apprised of let me know if you would like my participation in any of this.

    Best wishes,

    Peter Frishauf

  2. Aliaksandr Birukou Says:

    Peter, thank you very much for the links – I will have a closer look, I even think that I am already a little bit familiar with your work.

    Regarding the line of research which you mentioned is interesting for you – creating an online reputation system, there are several research directions which are related:

    1. UCount, a community-based approach for evaluation of researchers and research contributions. I am implementing it now as a Publication Manager in European Alliance for Innovation (EAI) and in The Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (ICST)
    you can have a look at http://icst.org/ucount/ (a very brief summary, we will soon have a blog for discussing UCount by a wider community). The contact person on this is me

    2. Reverse engineering of reputation – this is research by University of Tartu in cooperation with University of Trento, here you can find a deliverable describing that:
    (most of the chapters are also available as papers). The people to contact about this line are Peep Kungas, Cristhian Parra, Luciano Garcia Banuelos and Marlon Dumas

    3. OpinioNet and research by IIIA-CSIC group lead by Carles Sierra:
    https://dev.liquidpub.org/svn/liquidpub/papers/deliverables/LP_D4.1.pdf (note that the deliv is of last year, for more recent results it is better to contact Carles)

    4. ItRank and research by University of Fribourg
    The contact persons are Matus Medo and Yi-Cheng Zhang

    5. It is a pity that you missed our workshop on Trust and Reputation, but you can still have a look at the discussions online at http://interdisciplines.org/conferences/Workshop-on-Trust-and-Reputation

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