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The Role of Web 2.0 Tools and Digital Practice in Doing Open Science

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Illinois Webmasters
126 GSLIS, 501 E. Daniel, Champaign
Nov 18, 2015   2:00 - 3:00 pm  
Bradly Alicea has a master’s degree from the University of Florida and a PhD from Michigan State University. He has published in multiple academic fields, and in venues including Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Stem Cells and Development, and Proceedings of Artificial Life. With interests spanning the biological, computational, and social sciences, he is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Crop Sciences at University of Illinois. Bradly is also the administrator of Synthetic Daisies blog, founder of the open-science incubator Orthogonal Research. Please see Bradly’s research website ( bradly-alicea) or blog ( for more information.

In this talk, we will explore the role of blogrolls and various social media tools in the open-science movement. Open-science is a movement that advocates transparent methods, freely-available datasets/computer code, and manuscripts free of financial and legal barriers to access. In a sense, Internet and social media technologies have enabled this movement. While technology and community are indeed necessary enablers, the way in which these tools are employed is also key to moving forward open-science. Featured here will be examples of blogrolls (blog post reviews organized around a theme) from Synthetic Daisies blog, the emergence of distributed research projects based on open-data (DevoWorm), and a general strategy for engaging in open science (Orthogonal Research).

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