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How networked tools are changing science

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Date and time Jan 22, 2009
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Location McLennan Physics (MP) 102
Host Daniel James

Michael Nielsen

Abstract:

Tools like email, eprint servers and Skype have changed the way many scientists work.  In this talk, I'll argue that such networked tools are in their infancy, and that there is enormous untapped potential to use the internet to change and improve the way science is done.  I'll illustrate this using examples such as open data sharing, open notebook science, and mass online collaboration.  The potential is only part of the story, however, for there are also considerable cultural barriers that prevent scientists from using many online tools to their full potential.  I'll discuss these cultural barriers, and how they might be overcome.

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