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The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete. Here’s What’s Next. – The Atlantic

“Perhaps the paper itself is to blame. Scientific methods evolve now at the speed of software; the skill most in demand among physicists, biologists, chemists, geologists, even anthropologists and research psychologists, is facility with programming languages and “data science” packages. And yet the basic means of communicating scientific results hasn’t changed for 400 years. Papers may be posted online, but they’re still text and pictures on a page.”

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What We Are Building

W“hat We Are Building : 21st Century DKR

Our aim is to start building infrastructures and services to enable a DKR fit for the 21st Century. We aim to do this by integrating with and extend current infrastructures and projects to make it possible to deliver at least some of the functionality described in What is Still Missing. During these early days we are looking at what is possible, what is useful and what reflects Doug’s vision to inspire, not simply impress in a flashy ‘demo’ but to truly demonstrate something useful. We have no finish line, the 9th of December 2018 is simply a useful deadline to get as far as we can by then – we aim to continue this work into the forseeability future.

We are planning to discuss the work (through requesting interviews which will hopefully lead to useful dialogue) with a wide group of people to get many different human perspectives on what and how we should build on Doug’s work – the issues are too wide and varied for us to simply start building tools. However, this will not stop us getting on with the job as best we understand it, the dialogue will help shape the continued development.

The record of the dialogue with the wider community plus our own internal dialogue will go into some sort of a ‘Journal’. If we have the time and capability we will also invite the general visitor group for the event to add to this Journal.

We will work on inter-operability of our personal systems – what we are building is an ecosystem, not a monolithic system, however, some of us will also build a basic open OHS system. Ideally, the software should be available to use right after the demo“.

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