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2011 eScience Workshop: Transforming Scholarly Communication

October 23–25, 2011 | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard UniversityHarvard University Education and Scholarly Communication

View videos of the presentations from the Microsoft Research eScience Workshop, Transforming Scholarly Communication. Microsoft Research and Harvard University sponsored this invitation-only event from October 23 to 25, 2011, at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The workshop—co-sponsored in close collaboration with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation—convened experts in scholarly communication from academia, the publishing industry, scholarly and learned societies, and funding Microsoft Research New England Research and Development CenterMicrosoft Research New England Research and Development Centeragencies.

The workshop identified and promoted the adoption of new platforms and approaches to facilitate research in the eSciences. In response to growing interest in new forms of communication, the workshop helped participants transition to these new paradigms effectively and sustainably.

Harvard University LogoWorkshop Topics

  • Research Management: project collaboration software, “smart” laboratory software, provenance systems
  • Communication (New Media): production, distribution, archiving (for example, video, 3-D modeling, and databases)
  • Communication (Literature-Based): publications based on text and still images (creation, reviewing, dissemination, archiving, reproducibility)
  • Communication (Peer Review): standard publication-based systems, alternative rating systems, etc.
  • Resource and Information Management: seamless technologies for literature and data (literature and data search engines; cloud-based, group sharing, adjustable permissions, integration with search
  • Credit and Citation Models: how can we best enable cooperation and adoption?

Workshop Organizing Committee

  • Alyssa Goodman—professor of Astronomy and research associate, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University
  • Alberto Pepe—Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University
  • Mary Lee Kennedy—senior associate provost, Harvard Library, Harvard University
  • Malgorzata (Gosia) Stergios—knowledge and information programs strategist, Harvard University
  • Lee Dirks—director, Microsoft Research Connections
  • Alex Wade—director, Scholarly Communication, Microsoft Research
  • Joshua M. Greenberg—director, Digital Information Technology and the Dissemination of Knowledge Program, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Alfred P. Sloan FoundationChris Mentzel—program officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Tony HeyTony HeyPrimary support for the workshop was provided by Microsoft Research Connections, headed by Corporate Vice Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationPresident Tony Hey, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.