[Humanist] 24.907 events: scientific communication (UCLA)

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Apr 26 07:08:14 CEST 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 907.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:54:07 -0700
        From: Jascha Kessler <urim1 at verizon.net>
        Subject: John Wilbanks Speaking at the UCLA Library May 11 3-5 pm
        In-Reply-To: <C9DB554F.719D%cdh at humnet.ucla.edu>

Thoughts on the Fragmentation and Reintegration of Scientific Communication

John Wilbanks
Vice President for Science
Creative Commons

Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 3-5pm
Young Research Library Conference Center:  11348

Co-sponsored by:
Department of Information Studies
UCLA Library
Institute for Digital Research and Education
Academic Technology Services
School of Law

The scientific paper has been the primary container and distribution vessel
for scientific knowledge for centuries. It’s a creative work subject to the
same sorts of legal and technical pressures as other creative works: it’s
part of an industrial-creative complex built on artificial scarcity,
distribution, and top-down decisions about what is going to be high impact.
And it is subject to the same disruption by the internet as other industries
with that attitude, like music. But unlike music, there was a set of
intermediaries creating a lot of inertia that kept the network from being
disruptive, including funding agencies, tenure and review systems, and
general lack of incentives. But the revolution that broke apart the music
industry is well under way in scholarly communication. The journal is
fragmenting already into the article, but it's not going to stop there - the
advent of assertion-enhanced publishing, nano-publication, data publication,
and more are going to drive a rapid disintegration of traditional "container
cultures" and business models for scholarly communication.  This talk will
examine the progress made to date by the internet in etching away at the
traditional means of scientific knowledge transfer, the importance of the
digital commons in a world where content is fragmented, and some future
avenues for "re-integrating" fragmented scientific communication that build
on open systems.


As VP for Science, John Wilbanks directs science activities at Creative
Commons. Previously he was a Fellow at the World Wide Web Consortium, a
member of the project on mathematics and computation at MIT's Computer
Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, started and ran Incellico (an
early-2000s biotech semantic database company). John was the first assistant
director at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School,
and a legislative aide in the US House of Representatives. He holds a degree
in philosophy from Tulane University and studied modern letters at the
University of Paris-V.

Jascha Kessler
Professor of English & Modern Literature, UCLA
Telephone/Facsimile: 310.393.4648

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