Han de penjar els investigadors les presentacions sobre la seva activitat a Internet?

Fa dies vaig trobar l’article Should academics share their presentations online? al LSE Impact Blog, que conté algunes idees interessants, en la línia que em sembla que pot ser el coneixement obert.

Del resum: Elie Diner presents arguments for and against sharing research presentations online, arguing that sharing research presentations should be seen as part of the mainstream of open scholarship and is a natural way for academics to present their preliminary findings.

Parlant de les xerrades TEDx:

in some areas of research, TEDtalkshave become a key mechanism for presenting research findings in an engaging and entertaining fashion, which can then be amplified through social media. Academic researchers could adopt similar approaches to share their presentations quickly and easily, but to date this has not been the case.

Després de fer algunes consideracions sobre les oportunitats i dificultats de compartir públicament les presentacions (Powerpoint, Prezi, PDFs, etc.), l’autor fa una consideració final:

Open science is still developing, with some kinks yet to be worked out. For now, the degree to which researchers want to participate should be a personal one, left to individual researchers, their collaborators, and their research community. Alternatively, a change in the sensitivity that academics have about sharing early findings might be needed. Perhaps researchers should develop “fail fast” approach. Regardless, early findings and research presentations could be shared and discussed and their merits and faults evaluated in an open forum. Whether or not you decide to share, it is important to consider the data being presented in your research presentations: it can be a powerful medium for driving scientific progress, collaborations, and community engagement

Certament una cosa és compartir resultats ja publicats, o d’un projecte parcial acabat, i una altra és compartir dades i reflexions sobre un projecte en marxa. En el fons, estem parlant de recerca oberta, de compartir “llibretes de laboratori”… no es fa pas gaire encara. Perquè potser la ciència volem fer-la oberta, però els recursos són limitats i hi ha una competència elevada per obtenir-ne.

Mentre el finançament de la recerca sigui limitat, hi haurà dificultas. Però cal anar fent passes endavant, com les que suggereix l’autor.

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