Sunday, April 13, 2008

Open Notebook Science: Open Access, and Beyond

Jean-Claude Bradley discusses Open Notebook Science and implications for librarians, in a presentation prepared for my Issues in Scholarly Communications and Publishing class.

CISTI's Glen Newton calls Bradley's presentation a must-read for science librarians. I agree!

The world wide web opens up not only all the potential of open access - an unprecedented public good - but much more, besides.

Bradley and colleagues are recording all steps of experiments on blogs and wikis, developing automated approaches to standardizing metadata to describe metadata for steps in the research process, collaboratively sharing molecules wikipedia-style on Chemspider. Bradley discusses a future where much science progresses through machine-to-machine communications.

This is the future of scholarship, and this is what our library leaders need to learn about, now.