Open Science Session at Eurodoc 2010

The Eurodoc is a conference providing a framework for young European researchers from multiple disciplines. The annual meeting took place in Vienna from March 11-15, 2010. Young researchers from all over Europe were meeting to engage in interdisciplinary communication, networking and workshops. One of them, “Science 2.0”, was dealing with opportunities to carry out research activities in the open from the very beginning.

Open Science throughout the complete research process

The workshop was lead by Daniel Mietchen, a biologist who is striving to do his research and teaching in the open as far as possible.

While scientists have gloried in the disruptive effect that the Web is having on publishers and libraries, with many fields strongly pushing open publication models, we are much more resistant to letting it be a disruptive force in the practice of our disciplines. (James Hendle)

Although scientific research is a collaborative endeavour which would greatly benefit from such direct interactions between participants, few researchers have started to explore the possibilities of the Web in areas they are not familiar with. The workshop addressed how science would look like if researchers would be less resistant to the new opportunities. Web 2.0 should be combined with scientific methods and many such combinations are currently being explored. Of special interest are those who allow to make the research more widely accessible.