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Taking Account of Collaborative Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure Decisions

The problem of evaluating an individual’s scholarly performance is akin to asking, How do you assign credit to jokes? It sounds like a frivolous question, but in fact the analogy holds. A landmark 1981 article on the public domain by Professor David Lange explored this very issue as it pertained to vaudeville humorists. Groucho Marx once explained that the use of material from other comedy acts, was entirely routine,... more »

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The 2.5% Commitment to Support Shared Research Infrastructure

Academic research disciplines and libraries are losing control of scholarly infrastructure, which is making more elements of scholarly and scientific research dependent upon a few industry players that are exploiting their dominance of certain platforms for software, publishing, data analytics, and more. The top five academic publishers now account for nearly 50% of all journal articles, and new business strategies seek... more »

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Open Value Networks as a Platform for Academic Collaboration

Some digital communities use “open value accounting” software systems[1] to structure their internal governance and management of shared resources while building a new type of networked community. Open value networks, or OVNs, are voluntary, consensus-driven systems for measuring and valuing the in-kind/ energy and financial contributions of each of its participants. The goal is to make contributions, even small ones,... more »

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Earth Science Preprints - Ideas and Action Items

Preprints not just for "sexy science"... but real science. Null results, confirmation studies, data, methods.

One of the ways a preprint service can help disrupt and refactor academic publishing is by including research results that are important to science but which are left under the bus by current publishers: null results, confirmation studies, data, methods. It's not a new idea... but even the publishers who claim to want to do this somehow... DONT actually do so.

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Roadmap and Action Items

Having objectives and milestones will help focus discussions and move the entire process forward. What are these milestones? What is a reasonable timeframe?

Here are a couple of suggestions.

1.) Gather commitments from other societies (e.g. AGU, EGU, GSA, Geoscience World) to join with the ESIP Preprint Cluster as an initial advisory board (deadline: October)

2.) Generate by-laws and initial set of tasks for advisory... more »

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What does governance look like?

You could do your own pre-print service. Any society can. But we need to think bigger. What we really need to do is build the social side. By combining our efforts into a common pre-print service we can grow this more quickly and realize its potential that much sooner for all Earth scientists. And we can do so with a nimble governance team where each society's interests are valued.

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Technical Infrastructure

ESIP does not intend to host the physical infrastructure of Earth science preprints. Rather, we'd like to work with our community partners to leverage free and open-source software/infrastructure. With the growing interest in preprints several options have emerged: http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Pre_Print_Services We are currently leaning toward the Center for Open Science's system coupled with the PLOS QA system.... more »

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A Preprint System Should...

There are a number of publication options currently available in the Earth sciences. To be truly successful a new preprint system needs to add value. The following ideas have emerged from ESIP Preprint Cluster discussions. What is missing?

An Earth Science preprint system needs to:

1.) Accept null result papers that are not currently being accepted elsewhere
2.) Capture less formal types of publications - e.g. best... more »

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My research didn't fit neatly into a single department

My research in long-range transport of air pollution spanned several domains (atmospheric chemistry, physics, aerosols, remote sensing + scientific collaboration) and was inappropriately housed in mechanical engineering because my advisor started at the university in that department in 197X. At the end of my thesis proposal defense (4 years into my degree), one member of my committee said, "This is not really research... more »

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Varieties of Self-Governance in Networked Spaces (A Partial List)

There are a wide variety of possible self-governance regimes that a group can use in networked spaces. Below is a listing of some of the more salient ones, but this list is clearly incomplete. This topic is generally under-theorized even though there are plentiful examples, most of them hybrids.

* Benevolent founder & director, e.g., Craig Newmark (Craigslist), Linux Torvalds (Linux) and crowdfunded projects.
* Open... more »

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how do we re invent the very concept of a professional society

when the first scientific academies were created, coming out of guild and medieval societies, there was a real sense of 'professional amateurs' ( levy leblond calls that 'amatorat' in his writing). and that people would cluster socially and then create shared resources

todays attempts like academia.edu and research gate it seems to me are failing

coupled to this is the problem that we havent developed yet how to create... more »

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have we entered the era of the genius team rather than the individual genius

in an essay that i have submitted on trandsdisciplinary collaboration and how to train professionals for future work- it seems to me that in many domains we are now dominated by collaborative work ( less than 10% of all scientific papers today have only one author).

one of the obstacles is that our educational systems are built around the idea of the individual genius- and not a group of people who display genius

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Tuition as funding is wrong for public higher ed.

Higher Education funding in England: past, present and options for the future

https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/9334

Key findings (order edited)

Cutting fees while protecting university funding would increase the deficit and the long-run taxpayer contribution, but would also increase flexibility.  
Large fee cuts would reverse recent changes and increase both deficit spending and the long-run taxpayer contribution... more »

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Are all these papers just bricks in a wall?

There is considerable agreement that an emphasis on quantity of publication is distorting the production and dissemination of scholarship. We should also consider the extent to which such incentives act as actual barriers to the acquisition of knowledge. In my own work, I find it increasingly difficult to wrap my head around a new problem by consulting a few seminal papers; rather, I have to spend ever-increasing effort... more »

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