The Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship

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SUNDAY, 11 JANUARY 2015  E-Research Center

08:00 – 18:00

Registration for Pre-Conference Workshops – e-Research Center

13:00 – 18:00

Pre-Conference Workshops – e-Research Center

18:00 – 24:00

HACKATHON – Sponsored by CrossRef  – e-Research Center Room 278


MONDAY, 12 JANUARY 2015 Mathematical Institute

08:00 – 18:00

Registration for FORCE2015 – Mathematical Institute

09:00 – 09:15

Opening Session:  Introduction and Updates

Dave De Roure, FORCE2015 Conference Chair
Melisssa Haendel, FORCE2015 Conference Program Chair 
Maryann Martone, FORCE11 President

09:15 – 09:25

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (1665)

At FORCE2015 we will be marking the 350th anniversary of the journal's publication examining the history and impact of the Philosophical Transactions. This will allow us to open further conversation around such issues as:

• Is the scholarly article still fit for its purpose in this data-driven world, with new interdisciplinary methodologies and increasing automation?
• What can we learn from 350 years of successful and continuous publication of peer-reviewed science in the face of changing scholarly practice?

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Speaker: Pip Willcox, Bodlian Libraries, University of Oxford

09:25 – 10:30

Keynote: Communication with a Crowd:  Lessons from Citizen Science

Citizen Science projects have led a vast and distributed crowd of volunteers to contribute to science, whether in classifying distant galaxies, discovering planets or exploring the Serengeti.  These projects, part of the world leading Zooniverse platform, have been remarkably successful in encouraging volunteers to go on to make discoveries and do more advanced work, yet real barriers to engagement still exist.  Zooniverse principal investigator and University of Oxford Astronomer, Chris Lintott, will tell the story of the recent rise of citizen science, and explore what spurs and them stops his community of more thatn a million volunTeers from taking their interest further.

Speaker:  Chris Lintott, University of Oxford

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:30

Updates from 1K and FORCE11 Activities

Session Chair: Maryann Martone

11:30 – 12:45

Valuing the Diversity of Scholarly Impact in a Networked World

Networks and social tools are enabling new forms of research dissemination and scholarly discourse, and with these, we are seeing the emergence of a diversity of scholarly artifacts, research objects and participants (e.g. citizen scientists) in various contexts. Instead of a homogenized communication framework (such as the traditional journal), how do we collectively design systems that value the diversity of research communities (particularly those in low resource settings) having different needs, priorities and cultural values regarding the outcomes and impact of research? 

Session Chairs:  Leslie Chan and Cameron Neylon

Josique Lorenzo, Sede Central del Catie, Turrialba Costa Rica
Aline Rosset, University of Central Asia
Najat Saliba, American University of Beirut
Kayla Ueland, University of Lethbridge

Abstracts and Speaker Information

12:45 – 14:15

Lunch and Tour to visit  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society

14:15 – 15:15

Keynote: Managing the Long View

Scientific data are unruly:  heterogeneous, dynamic, variable in scale and granularity, and wrapped in expectations about value. Managing data requires the research communities to acknowledge values surrounding data and, in an environment of finite resources, to reconcile those values with the practicalities of management.

Speaker:  Amy Friedlander, National Science Foundation

15:15 – 15:45

Ice Cream Break

A “Nitro Ice Cream Parlour” will be serving up delicious ice cream for the delegates of the conference.  This is a fun, unique type of break sure to be remembered by all.

Sponsored by: Elsevier and Mendeley

15:45 – 17:00

True or False? Transparency, Validation and Reproducibility of Research in Scholarly Communication

A panel discussion.  This session will explore (1) whether scholarly research really *ought* to aim for reproducibility, or for "transparency", or some other standard; and (2) if achieving the ability to properly validate research today, whether virtually or otherwise, requires changes to the scholarly article. 

Session Chairs:  Tim Clark and Melissa Haendel

Annamaria Carusi, Associate Professor in Philosophy of Medical Science and Technology, University of Copenhagen
Chris Drummond, National Research Council of Canada
Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Nature Publishing Group
Bernard Silverman, Professor of Statistics, University of Oxford
Thomas Steckler, Senior Scientific Director and Fellow, Neuroscience Drug Discovery, Janssen R&D
Victoria Stodden, Associate Professor, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Demo previews


Session: Summary of the Day

Dave De Roure, University of Oxford
Melissa Haendel, Oregon Health & Science University



Good eats, posters, and demos to enliven your conversation and spark collaboration.

18:30 – 19:30 Even # demo/posters 
19:30 – 20:30 Odd # demo/posters

All Demo and Posters in Alphabetical Order by Presenter

Presenters:  Please be at your poster/demo during the times listed above.


TUESDAY 13 JANUARY 2015 Mathematical Institute

09:00 – 10:00

Libraries at Scale: Global Partnerships and Scholarly Access

Libraries are developing deep and broad partnerships and are engaging in transformational change to achieve results that scale for contemporary researchers, scholars, and students.  The result is an exciting advance in access, with new opportunities for applications for research, teaching, and learning.  However, despite the appealing  lure of open access, there remain a number of challenges to resolve before realizing the goal of universal access.  Sarah Thomas will draw on examples in the US and the UK which illustrate the development of new ways of working in a world in which technology provides the tool for people to accomplish a vision of  a rich network of open resources which fosters the dissemination of ideas and knowledge.

Speaker:  Sarah Thomas, Vice President Harvard Library, Harvard University

10:00 – 10:15

Coffee Break

10:15 – 11:30

Vision Session – 5 minute Flash Talks – Great Ideas

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." – Robin Williams.

This is your chance to get your idea on the map and help change the future of scholarly communication. Submissions are invited from anyone in attendance, to give a 5 min, 3 slide pitch on your idea. The pitch can be simply a problem and a solution, or a mature pitch for new or novel approaches.

The audience will vote on the best idea and the winner will be awarded a prize. 

Session Chairs: Anita BandrowskiTheodora Bloom and Daniel S. Katz


Euan Adie, Altmetric
Kaveh Bazargan, River Valley Technologies
Chris Chapman, Pentandra Research Solutions, Inc.
Scott Edmunds, GigaScience/BGI Hong Kong
Javier Guillot, Hertie School of Governance
Rebecca Lawrence, F1000 Research Ltd.
Dan Morgan, University of California Press
Herbert Van de Sompel, Los Alamos National Laboratory 

Abstracts and Speaker Information

11:30 – 13:00 

Credit Where Credit is Due

This session will investigate how different types of scholarly products are valued in different contexts. Specifically, we will discuss metrics for evaluation, expertise finding systems, and attribution systems that value contributions. We will consider attribution provenance for multiple contributors and multiple contributions over time. Finally, we will consider how different types of scholarly contributions (e.g. papers, books, data, software, samples, etc.) are valued in different countries and in different domains.

Session Chairs: Amy BrandMelissa Haendel and Daniel S. Katz

Neil Chue Hong, Software Sustainability Institute
David Eichmann, University of Iowa
Derek Groen, University College London
Amye Kenall, BioMed Central
Eric Meyer, University of Oxford
Daniel O'Donnell, University of Lethbridge
Courtney Soderberg, Center for Open Science

Abstracts and Speaker Information

13:00 – 14:15

Grab a Box Lunch and Join a Birds of a Feather Group

14:15 – 15:30

Panel Session:  Funding Panel: Innovative Funding Models

Science relies on funding. The models that have controlled scientific research funding for the last half century have brought us where we are today. But do they also contain the seeds of their own destruction? Despite the obvious benefits of rigorous peer review in funding cycles, excessively competitive review processes can encourage counter-productive behaviour by forcing scientists to compete rather than collaborate, to restrict  rather than share access to data, and to make difficult for unconventional approaches or new researchers to gain a foothold in established disciplines.

The last decade has seen the rise of new models of collaboration. Force11 and various other Open initiatives have shown that groups with little money but strong community buy-in can accomplish a lot, in a short time. Are there lessons to be learned from these grassroots initiatives, that can inform the larger world of funding? Can we "improve" the current funding system to ensure incentives better align with best practice – and discourage poor or counterproductive practice? What is the best way of supporting networked, collaborative, and community-driven research? How can we best ensure reproducibility of results and interchange of data? What role can new funding models play in this data-centric infrastructures?

Session Chairs:  Anita DeWaard and Dan O'Donnell

Liz Allen, Wellcome Trust
Phil Bourne, U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Amy Friedlander, U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
Josh Greenberg, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Katherine Skinner, Edutopia

15:30 – 16:15

Session:  Outcomes from Birds of Feather and Workshops

16:15 – 16:45

Traditional English Tea Break

And everything stops for tea…With fine china, traditional cakes and delicate finger sandwiches, there is no more quintessential British ritual than the ceremony and serving of Afternoon Tea.

16:45 – 18:00

Geek Out – Research on the Web

This session looks at the state of the art in technology for research and research communication. It focuses primarily on technology that is being put into action today to change the way scholars are working. It does this by featuring technology demos from the community and the specific scholarship that those demos resulted in. The session will also feature conference specific interactive exhibits. Finally, the session will showcase the results of the FORCE15 hack-a-thon.

Hackathon results will be showcased in this session.

Session Chairs:  Paul GrothIan Mulvany, and Kaitlin Thaney

Demos from:

  • HUBZero: Your Workway on Steroids – Michael McLennan, Purdue University
  • Rexplore: Exploring Research Dynamics – Francesco Osborne, Open University UK
  • Interoperability for Data Repositories – Henry S. Rzepa, Imperial College London
  • Riffyn: Experimental Process Design and Analysis Software Reproducible Research – Matthew Cockerill, Riffyn, Inc.

All Demo and Posters in Alphabetical Order by Presenter

18:00 – 18:30

Closing Session:  Where Have we Been and Where are we Going as a Community?

It's now four years since the Beyond the PDF workshop in San Diego, which in my mind was the first significant get together of this stakeholder group.  If you ask the question, what has changed since then, my sense is the answer will depend very much on who you ask.  Attendees will likely say everything has changed; whereas your average researcher – producer of scholarship – will say very little has changed.  Rather than debate where the arrow of the change meter lies, I will address the question, what should we do as agents of change such that in a further four years from now a researcher will say everthing has changed?

Speaker:  Phil Bourne, National Institutes of Health


Closing Remarks
– Announce winners of Vision Session Awards and Demo/Poster Awards

Dave De Roure, FORCE2015 Conference Chair
Melisssa Haendel, FORCE2015 Conference Program Chair 


Thanks for attending and we hope to see you in Portland, Oregon in 2016!