Agenda

2011 Microsoft Research eScience Workshop: Transforming Scholarly Communication

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Time 

Event 

17:00–19:00

Opening Reception – Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA, on the Harvard University Campus

  • Welcome—Alyssa Goodman, Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University and Research Associate, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

  • Opening Remarks—Tony Hey, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research

  • Recent Efforts in Advancing Scholarly Communication—Phil Bourne, Professor of Pharmacology, University of California, San Diego

  • Closing Comments—Alyssa Goodman

 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Time 

Event 

8:30–9:00

Light breakfast – Microsoft Research New England, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142; (857) 453-6000

9:00–9:20

Welcome and Introductions | video

  • Mary Lee Kennedy, Senior Associate Provost for the Library, Harvard University

  • Lee Dirks, Director of Education and Scholarly Communication, Microsoft Research Connections

9:20–10:50

Invited Demonstrations Session I (10 minutes per demonstrator)

Moderator: Mary Lee Kennedy, Senior Associate Provost for the Library, Harvard University

 

Platforms: Project collaboration software, “smart” laboratory software, and provenance systems
Co-Facilitators: Jill Mesirov, Associate Director, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Dave DeRoure, Professor of e-Research, Oxford e-Research Centre

  • David de Roure, Professor of e-Research, Oxford e-Research Centre (Demo of myExperiment) | video
  • Tim Clark, Director of Bioinformatics, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, Harvard Medical School (Demo of SWAN) | video
  • Rafael Sidi, Vice President, Product Management, Elsevier (Demo of SciVerse) | video

Media: Production, distribution, archiving (for example, video, 3-D modeling, and databases)
Facilitator: Curtis Wong, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

  • Phil Bourne, Professor of Pharmacology, University of California, San Diego (Demos of SciVee and BioLit) | video
  • Moshe Pritsker, CEO, Editor-in-Chief, Co-founder, Journal of Visualized Experiments (Demo of JoVE) | video
  • Chris Lintott, Director of Citizen Science at the Adler Planetarium (Demo of Zooniverse) | video

  • Taliesin Beynon, Research Programmer Wolfram|Alpha (Demo of the Computable Document Format—CDF) | video

Literature: Publications based on text and still images (creation, reviewing, dissemination, archiving, and reproducibility)
Facilitator: Phil Campbell, Editor–in-Chief, Nature

10:50–11:20 Break
11:20–12:50

Invited Demonstrations Session II (10 minutes per demonstrator)

Moderator: Alberto Pepe, Postdoctoral Associate, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
 

Review: Standard publication-based systems, alternative rating systems, etc.

Facilitator: Amy Brand, Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments & Special Advisor, Office for Scholarly Communication, Harvard University

Resources: Seamless technologies for literature and data (literature/data search engines; cloud-based, group sharing, adjustable permissions, and integration with search)

Facilitator: Phil Bourne, Professor of Pharmacology, University of California, San Diego

  • Alberto Accomazzi, Project Manager, NASA Astrophysics Data System, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (Demo of ADS and ADS Labs) | video
  • Mercé Crosas, Director of Product Development, IQSS, Harvard University (Demo of Dataverse) | video
  • Ashfaq Munshi, Founder and CEO, Terabitz (Demo of Terabitz) | video

Recognition: How can we best enable cooperation and adoption?
Facilitator: Cameron Neylon, Senior Scientist, Science and Technology Facilities Council

12:50–13:50 Lunch 
13:50–15:10

Breakout Sessions I

For each of the six Demonstration Session topics listed in orange above, a focus group of approximately 10 people will work together to ultimately create a short (approximately two-page) “statement” addressing (at least) the issues listed below. Facilitators from the demo sessions will moderate each discussion and may designate a chief scribe for the tumblr pages created to host each group’s deliberations and statements. Hyperlinks with the statements, pointing to more details, are allowed and encouraged.

 

Issues to be addressed in the “statements” include:

  • Essential elements of presently successful systems
  • Failure modes of experiments that looked good but didn’t succeed
  • Most promising technologies for the future
  • Key unsolved problems, which might be addressed in the coming five years
  • Inter-dependencies with other topics
15:10–15:30 Break 

15:30–17:00

Breakout Sessions II: Continued group discussion

17:00 Adjourn and transfer to Hyatt Cambridge
18:00–21:00  Dinner and (optional) team discussion/editing sessions (Empress Ballroom, Hyatt Cambridge); Wi-Fi will be available

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Time 

Event 

8:30–9:00

Light breakfast – Microsoft Research New England

9:00–9:30

Day 1 Recap and Discussion | video
Lee Dirks, Director of Education and Scholarly Communication, Microsoft Research Connections, and Alyssa Goodman, Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University and Research Associate, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

9:30–11:00

Breakout Sessions III: Finalize reports (via tumblr site)

11:00–13:00

Synthesis of Ideas and Recommendations (working lunch): Distribution and review of group reports and recommendations, including cross-group consultation

13:00–15:00

Group Reporting and Summary | video

Moderators: Tony Hey, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research Connections, and Lee Dirks, Director of Education and Scholarly Communication, Microsoft Research Connections, with Marguey Avery, Editor, MIT Press

Representatives from each group will contribute to a shared summary, including highlights and challenges covered in the meeting, and will conclude with a call to action for the group, based on their findings

15:00 Adjourn

 

Post Meeting

It is anticipated that the reports and other output created by the groups will be made available to the broader community via this event website and the tumblr site. In addition, meeting organizers and focus group leaders will create a summary of the meeting outcomes that can be distributed broadly. This overall summary will present a roadmap for action with a four- to five-year time horizon specifying recommendations for the whole scholarly communications ecosystem. Microsoft Research and Harvard will publicize the meeting results.