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Adam Bly of SEED Media just concluded his keynote address at the SSP’s Annual Meeting. His main themes were that cross-disciplinary science is vital to progress; that science and culture must combine to be effective agents of change; that scholarly societies, publishers, and traditions shouldn’t be impediments to the free flow of information; and that the culture of “do it yourself” (DIY) in science means scientists won’t wait for us to solve these problems.

Adam went over some statistics from the SEED “State of Science” report:

  • to the cross-disciplinary aspect of science, Adam noted that 65% of scientists cite literature as having an influence on their science
  • 62% of scientists are involved in collaboration
  • 77% say peer-review matters to progress

But in an information space creating 15 petabytes of new information per day and with 31 billion searches in Google every month, STM publishing needs to change in key ways:

  • a digital core, not just digital accessories
  • common standards that accelerate crowd-sourced innovation
  • promote the free flow of information
  • move to advance interdisciplinary science
  • connect the developed and developing world
  • extract knowledge of information
  • unite scientists with each other and with resources
  • collaborate with the audience (they aren’t “our readers”)

Adam also announced the release of to the general community. This is a way to tie together blog posts about scientific papers. Their first adopters are PLoS One and the Royal Society. They can also link to and PubMed, and are working with CrossRef to synthesize article identification and aggregation.

Adam finally announced the launch of an “Information Science” channel on ScienceBlogs, for librarians, publishers, and others in the information sphere. He also noted that ScienceBlogs now has 2.2 million monthly unique visitors.

It was a good way to kick off the meeting. Off to the next sessions.

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Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network, a past-President of SSP, and the founder of the Scholarly Kitchen. He has worked as Publisher at AAAS/Science, CEO/Publisher of JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Publishing Director of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Opinions on social media or blogs are his own.


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Just to be clear, I think the launch Adam was talking about there was ResearchBlogging Connect, a separate service offered by Seed to connect posts on non-profit to their publishers. So publishers can connect readers of their journals to additional commentary about them on the Blogosphere. is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with Seed to identify the best blog posts about peer-reviewed research online, and it has been available to the public since January of 2008.

You’re right. I think there were actually two announcements there — one was the general availability (outside of a beta) of ResearchBlogging. The other was the availability of Research Blogging Connect, which allows publishers to put relevant blog posts on specific content. Thanks for clarifying. It’s always hairy blogging from a conference while trying to attend and do your day job! 😉

Don’t I know it!

Somehow my readers can never quite make the distinction between a quick post from a conference and a more thought-out post.

But if Adam said is only just now out of beta, he’s mistaken. Depending on what you consider “beta” to be, we’ve been out of beta since at least September 2008:

What I heard him say is that ResearchBlogging 2.0 or version 2 or something was released. (he also mentioned Spanish language for ResearchBlogging and Brazillian blogs and like 10 other things really fast)

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