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Michael Nielsen gives a good talk that really gets at what Open Science is all about. He starts off by talking about the Polymath Project (also check out the wikipedia page) and uses this case study to frame the future potential for the Internet in solving some of the most challenging intellectual problems. Still, it’s not all rosy, with Nielsen also mentioning some failed projects that show initial promise — including the virtual ghost towns of specialist social network sites.

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From the challenge for scholarly societies:

Societies are all about community. Arguably most completely missed the boat on the potential of the social web when they could have built community hubs of real value – and those that didn’t miss it entirely largely created badly built and ill thought through community forums well after the first flush of failed generic “Facebook for Science” clones had faded. But another chance is coming. As the ratchet moves on funder and government open access policies, society journals stuck in a subscription model will become increasingly unattractive options for publication. The slow rate of progress and disciplinary differences will allow some to hold on past the point of no return and these societies will wither and die. Some societies will investigate transitional pricing models. I commend the example of the RSC to small societies as something to look at closely. Some may choose to move to publishing collections in larger journals where they retain editorial control. My bet is that those that survive will be the ones that find a way to make the combined expertise of the community pay – and I think the place to look for that will be those societies that find ways to decouple the value they offer through peer review from the costs of publication services.

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