Building the Social and Technical Infrastructures to Transform Research Data Sharing One Plenary at a Time

Twice a year, members of the Research Data Alliance come together for a plenary meeting that brings together active working groups, interest groups, and communities of practice. Phill Jones virtually attended the 18th plenary from the comfort and (COVID) safety of his home office. These are some of his observations about research infrastructure, data standards and persistent identifiers.

On Communicating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine – Alan Alda Talks About Improving Scientific Communication

Alan Alda spoke at the AAAS meeting in Chicago on the theme of communicating science to the public. We often view the communication of science, be it in one’s own scholarly journals or in mass media, as somehow distinct and meaningfully different from other communication styles. However, Alda made the point repeatedly during his presentation that this should not be the case. One can accurately convey science with stories and an engaging style that not only brings the reader along in the discovery process, but also preserves the truth and validity of the underlying discovery. Alda made the point that “Communication is not something you add on to science, it is of the essence of science.” Publishers can help to improve how science is communicated; indeed it is at the core of what publishers bring to the process of distributing science.

Office 2007 and Web 2.0 Expo

Over the last year, Microsoft has really engaged with the STM publishing community and has been maintaining a steady dialog on how they can help publishers start to use OOML and the OpenXML (DOCX) format. I had the honor of […]