Last week I attended the workshop on The Influence and Impact of Web 2.0 on Various Applications. It was organized by Mark Baker from Research3.org. It was an extremely interesting and productive workshop, below I will try to summarize some parallels between presentations and LiquidPub.
Duncan Hull presented Bibliography 2.0 – experience of Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in using CiteULike. The scenario was similar to the selection phase in Liquid Journals – people tag articles they somehow found on the Internet and then most tagged articles are sent out in a weekly digest. There was a set of tags people agreed on beforehand (which seem to correspond to several Liquid Journals or issues in our scenario). The results provided me with some insights on what we can see from selection behavior – typical long tail distribution. Also, it was not clear how to evaluate quality of selection (e.g. whether people appreciate more papers from the guy who bookmarked 500 papers or from the guy who bookmarked “only” 150, but more interesting ones?). It might be possible to add hash in links so that we can see which links were actually followed by the users (RIN does something similar in their newsletters).
What Liquid Journals could add in Bibliography 2.0 scenario? Automatic gathering of content from Internet sources (publishers’ websites, Google scholar, etc.), privacy settings (share only with me, my friends, friends of friends, whole network), getting not only papers (but also blogs, datasets, scientific workflows). Also, from the scenario we can defines some “desirable” features for LJ – tell whenever [the right] Mark Baker published a paper, new paper matches your keyword alert (those two, apart from “the right” part, are already implemented by Scholar), and, going further, may be about new papers appearing in a certain community.
Roy Williams presented application of Web 2.0 for providing streams of news about astronomical events (appeareances of super nova, asteroids coming too close to the Earth, etc.). Even though the domain is completely different, their workflow of identifying “interesting” events looks extremely similar to the workflow of identifying “interesting” scientific contributions.
David de Roure presented MyExperiment, a virtual research environment for sharing scientific workflows (description of how you conduct an experiment). The presentation confirmed what I knew before the workshop – a scientific workflow could be one of contributions in LiquidJournals. MyExperiment lists more than 1000 workflows and also has a programmatic access via REST API, so they should be easy to crawl. Also, the notion of Research Object is extremely similar to the concept of SKO in LiquidPub. Possible future uses of such concept that were mentioned:
– can I have a copy of your research object?
– what can I do with your research object?
are similar to the questions we have when talking about licensing and copyright, in particular in Liquid Books.
If you want to know more about the workshop, presentations and videos will be available at the workshop website. You can also see the tweets of participants or Andy Turner’s blog, nicely summarizing all discussions.
P.S. And my presentation on Liquid Journals is available here.