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Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of moderating the Special Track on Research 2.0 at i-KNOW 2012. It was now the third year that we had a Research 2.0 themed track at i-KNOW. Counting in the two workshop at the European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) in 2009 and 2010, this was the fifth installment of its kind. For the second time, the special track was collaboration of the STELLAR Network of Excellence and the Marie Curie project TEAM.

In the latest edition, we had a wide papers on a variety of subjects. But the track was not only diverse in terms of topics, but also in terms of geography. The authors and speakers came from Belgium, Canada, the US, the UK, Germany, and Austria. At this point, I would like to thank our excellent program committee. These fine people not only helped us in reviewing the submissions but also spread the word of the event far beyond our own circles. So what happened in the special track?

Session 1

Erik Duval (pictured above) from KU Leuven started the day with an inspiring keynote. He talked about analytics in research, and how we need tools to manage the exponential growth of knowledge in research. He presented several tools developed at KU Leuven, such as TiNYARM (This is Not Yet Another Reference Manager), a social reading application, More!, a mobile conference application, and visualizations of scientific papers for a tabletop. For all the details, check out his presentation on Slideshare.

Next up was Marta Sabou from MODUL University Vienna, who presented a paper on crowdsourcing in (NLP) research. She talked about different crowdsourcing approaches in research along the dimensions of time, genre, and steps in the research process. She then laid out how crowdsourcing has revolutionised NLP research in terms of cost and diversification of the research agenda. She finished with the challenges that arise from this new research methodology. More can be found in her presentation on Slideshare.

In the following talk, Aida Gandara from the Cyber-Share Center of the University of Texas at El Paso presented an infrastructure that supports researchers in documenting and sharing scientific research on the semantic web. The infrastructure follows a methodology that emphasizes the need for documentation during the whole research process, not only when a research cycle has ended. The infrastructure is currently used by a number of teams which collaboratively document their research in it.

Session 2

After the lunch break, Daniel Bahls continued on the notion of the semantic web. Their paper, however, focuses on the field of economics. He discussed an approach for representing statistical data from empirical research in a semantic form. Afterwards, he showed prototypes that build on this approach, and allow for recommendation in user assistance in evaluating datasets. He concluded with the outlook that open data is a prerequisite for open science, but that it also needs methodological information in order to reproduce research results.

Orland Hoeber returned to the topic of analytics in the following talk. He presented a system for scholarly search which is enhanced by metadata visualization. Among these visualizations are a histogram of the most frequent keywords in the search results, as well as a bow tie representation of citation metadata. The latter is an innovatve way of conveying citation patterns to users. The focus is on integrating the visualizations in the search and exploration process as seamless as possible. For all details, see the paper.

The second session was concluded by two practical demos. First off, Christian Voigt from the Centre for Social Innovation and Adam Cooper from the University of Bolton introduced a roadmapping methodology for Technology Enhanced Learning. At first, they talked about sources and frameworks for roadmapping. Then, they presented their approach which is based on text mining of blogs from the field. For more information, see the demo paper. Afterwards, Karl Voit introduced Emacs org-mode which enables researchers to include raw data and data analysis in the research paper. This allows for the reproducibilty of research results. An example can be found in his demo paper.

Session 3

After the coffee break, Hermann Maurer gave an invited talk on one of the first open access journals J.UCS – Journal on Universal Computer Science. J.UCS was established in 1994; today it is in its 18th volume, attracting 700,000 article downloads per year. The journal builds on a Hyperwave server which enables several unique features such as automatic detection of incoming citations, and a refereeing system that includes the whole editorial board. If you want to know more about this system and its history, take a look at Hermann Maurer’s presentation.

In the general discussion, open access was one of the main topics. It was debated how the process of opening up research could be facilitated, concerning both technical and social issues. One of the conclusions was that open access is a necessary step, but that it can only be the beginning of what we call Research 2.0.

In my opinion, the special track gave a good insight on what is possible when science opens up and embraces the possibilities of the web. I would like to thank all authors, reviewers, and participants, as well as my co-organizers Roman Kern (Know-Center) and Kris Jack (Mendeley) for making this event possible. See you online and at the next Research 2.0 event!

Our contribution to the Research 2.0 Workshop at EC-TEL 2010. Get a pre-print of the paper here.

Feeding TEL: Building an Ecosystem Around BuRST  to Convey Publication Metadata
Peter Kraker, Angela Fessl, Patrick Hoefler and Stefanie Lindstaedt.

Abstract. In this paper we present an ecosystem for the lightweight exchange of publication metadata based on the principles of Web 2.0. At the heart of this ecosystem, semantically enriched RSS feeds are used for dissemination. These feeds are complemented by services for creation and aggregation, as well as widgets for retrieval and visualization of publication metadata. In two scenarios, we show how these publication feeds can benefit institutions, researchers, and the TEL community. We then present the formats, services, and widgets developed for the bootstrapping of the ecosystem. We conclude with an outline of the integration of publication feeds with the STELLAR Network of Excellence and an outlook on future developments.

You still have two weeks to submit to the Research 2.0 Workshop at this year’s ECTEL conference in Barcelona. Here is the call for papers:


Introduction

As a follow-up to a successful workshop on the same theme at ECTEL09 , we are organizing a workshop on Research2.0 approaches to TEL research at ECTEL10.

Research2.0 is in essence a Web2.0 approach to how we do research. Research2.0 creates conversations between researchers, enables them to discuss their findings and connects them with others. Thus, Research2.0 can accelerate the diffusion of knowledge.

Topics for this workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluation of existing Research2.0 tools and infrastructures from a TEL perspective
  • Development of TEL-related use case scenarios for Research2.0 tools and infrastructures
    Influence of Research2.0 tools and technologies on scientific practices in TEL
  • Formats and protocols for Research2.0 data exchange (linked data, RSS, BuRST, …)
  • Ownership and privacy of research information
  • Practices of the diverse Technology Enhanced Learning disciplines, and how Research2.0 can influence them

Format

Authors are invited to submit original unpublished work. The following types of contributions are possible:

  • Short papers (3-5 pages) that state the position of the authors on issues relevant to the workshop or work in progress, even when in very early state.
  • Full papers: (8-12 pages) that describe problems, needs, novel approaches and frameworks within the scope of the workshop. In this category, empirical evaluation papers and industrial experience reports are welcome for submission.

Each presenter will be linked to related papers from other presenters and will be asked to compare in the presentation how the works of others relates to their own work.

The presentation of unfinished ideas, tools under development and especially failures is explicitly encouraged. This includes the presentation and discussion of tools and their real-world usability.

Prior to the workshop, a dedicated group on TEL Europe will be opened to:

  • facilitate discussions among participants before and after the conference
  • post submitted papers for an open peer review
  • publish information and news about the workshop
  • collect reactions through social media on the workshop

All presentations and discussions will be broadcast via Flashmeeting to attract more feedback, and to document the event. Online questions and comments will be explicitly taken into account during the workshop.

Important Dates

Paper submission: 27 June 2010
Paper acceptance: 11 July 2010
Main Conference: 28 September-1 October 2010

Paper submission and questions

Please submit your paper at http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=research20.

Feel free to contact erik.duval@cs.kuleuven.be if you have any questions!

Programme Committee

Erik Duval
Xavier Ochoa
Wolfgang Reinhardt
Nina Heinze
Fridolin Wild
Thomas Ullmann
Peter Scott
Stefanie Lindstaedt
Peter Kraker
Frederik G. Pferdt
Johannes Metscher
Andreas S. Rath

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