My sobering conclusion after two days of ScienceOnline London: The technologies are ready for take-off, the early-adopter-scientists are eager to kickstart the engine, but the runway to widespread usage of interactive technologies in science is still blocked by the debris of the traditional academic system. This system needs to be adapted to the new media paradigms, before web 2.0 / 3.0 can have a significant impact on both research and outreach.
The three central questions remain for us to answer:
- How can we recognise, appreciate, measure and evaluate the impact of outreach and open science in funding and evaluation practice?
- Which new forms of citation need to be installed for that?
- How can we create a reward system that goes way beyond peer-reviewed citations?
A quote by Lars Fischer (via Twitter @Fischblog), who was here in London as well: “I think the biggest and most consequential incentive for scientists is (informal) recognition by peers.”
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