Cutting-edge technology for cutting-edge research: innovate with eLife
Date: Wednesday 22nd November
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Venue: The Alan Turing Institute
Speaker: Naomi Penfold
Join us to learn about innovation at eLife, share your experiences and discuss your ideas for how we can improve research communication.
Backed by research funders, eLife aims to help scientists accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science. The open-access eLife journal was just the first step in this mission. Now, eLife also supports the development of open tools, technologies and processes aimed at improving the discovery, sharing, consumption and evaluation of scientific research. Areas of particular interest include research reproducibility, the sharing of all research outputs and recognition for researchers who work transparently and collaboratively.
We work closely with scientists to explore how to make thorough and collaborative research as easy as possible by exploiting new technologies in the digital age. We support and showcase projects in the community, including the development of ScienceFair. Explore the projects we have showcased so far on eLife Labs.
Our in-house technology and product teams are committed to open-source development to improve research publishing. Earlier this year, we announced a new collaboration with Substance and Stencila to develop an end-to-end solution for publishing computationally reproducible documents through the journal. In collaboration with data scientists, we have also been exploring how open citation data could be used to generate more responsible metrics and understanding of the life of a research project after publication. Our in-house data scientist is working on using computer vision to convert data within PDFs to machine-readable and accurate XML — not only would this unlock a rich trove of data from historic publications and preprints, but it could dramatically reduce the cost of content conversion in the publishing process, bringing savings to the whole research ecosystem. Finally, we have developed an open-source publishing platform, eLife Continuum, and are working with Coko to build an open-source submission and peer-review platform.
Naomi Penfold is Innovation Officer at eLife. Coming from a neuroscience research background, she now spends her work life scouting for and supporting open-source projects for open science. More broadly, Naomi believes in the potential of the web to make research a more equitable and effective enterprise.
n.penfold [at] elifescience.org // @eLifeInnovation // @npscience
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