Climate Change, new publication from NAS & Royal Society

NAS, Royal Society Release Publication on Climate Change 

“The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, the national science academy of the U.K., released a new joint publication that explains the clear evidence that humans are causing the climate to change, and that addresses a variety of other key questions commonly asked about climate change science. “ClimatechangeNAS

From What’s New @ the National Academies, Feb.,27, 2014

Sharing Research Data: When, in What Form, with Whom, and at What Cost?

MichaelCarroll2Sharing Research Data: When, in What Form, with Whom, and at What Cost?
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 4:30 p.m., McDonnell Hall Auditorium, room A02
Free and Open to the Public

Michael Carroll, Professor of Law and Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law, Founding Member of Creative Commons

A talk sponsored jointly by Princeton University Library, the office of the Dean for Research, and OIT.

Should researchers share their data? If so, when, in what form, with whom, and at what cost are among the issues researchers, their funders and their employing institutions wrestle with on a daily basis. While these issues have been traditionally resolved by researchers on an ad hoc or discipline-wide basis, they are now becoming the subject of more formal understandings and policies under the rubric of “data management.” The National Science Foundation requires grantees plan for data management when seeking funding, and this expectation is likely to spread to other funding bodies that have come to appreciate the importance of data sharing and data reuse in science.

This talk focuses on the emerging policy framework for data management, with particular attention to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s directive concerning data arising from federal support agreements, and on other legal considerations for data sharing including intellectual property, privacy, and contractual terms of use. In most cases, data may readily be shared, with the notable exceptions of clinical and patient data. The principal legal and policy issues center primarily on providing researchers with incentives and infrastructure to meaningfully share data by ensuring that datasets are comprehensible and reusable by other researchers.

Professor Michael W. Carroll

Michael Carroll is a Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University Washington College of Law. His research and teaching specialties are intellectual property law and cyberlaw, focusing on the search for balance over time in the face of challenges posed by new technologies. He is a founding member of Creative Commons, Inc., a global organization that provides standardized legal and technical tools that enable legal sharing of cultural, educational, scientific and other copyrighted works.

Professor Carroll is recognized as a leading advocate for open access over the Internet to the research that appears in scholarly and scientific journals. He has written white papers and has given numerous presentations to university faculty, administrators, and staff around the country on this issue. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Library of Science and recently completed service on the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information. He also is an Academic Fellow of the Center for Democracy and Technology and is a member of the Advisory Board to Public Knowledge.

Prior to entering law teaching, Professor Carroll practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. and served as a law clerk to Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Judge Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He received his A.B. (Anthropology), with general honors, from the University of Chicago and his J.D. magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Questions or comments, contact: rdmteam@princeton.e
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The Nature of Science and the Scientific Method

The Nature of Science and the Scientific Method [pdf]

http://www.geosociety.org/educate/NatureOfScience.htm

For those who haven’t been in science class for some time, the scientific method may be a bit of a hazy memory. Those people (educators and others included) who need a bit of a refresher, along with a nice guide to talking about the scientific method, will find this resource from The Geological Society of America most efficacious. Authored by scientist Christine V. McLelland, this 9-page document “promotes understanding of the nature of science and how the scientific method is used to advance science, focusing in particular on the Earth sciences.” The document covers topics like “What is Science?” and breaks the scientific method down into its five primary parts. It also offers some brief talking points about the nature of science, and a nice bibliography.”

Source:  Scout Report, Univ. of Wisconsin, Apr. 13, 2012

Hottest Scientific Researchers & Papers — 2011 (Web of Science)

US Thomson Reuters names Hottest Scientific Researchers and Papers of the year – 12 Apr 2012

“The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced ‘The Hottest Research of 2011’, a ranking of the most influential scientific researchers and research papers of the year by Science Watch, its open Web resource for science metrics and analysis. Tracking researchers whose recent published papers recorded notably higher levels of citations during 2011, along with the most highly cited individual papers of the year, the annual report spotlights emerging trends in science and the innovators behind them.

This year’s group of 15 Hottest Researchers each contributed to at least 10 Hot Papers, covering key areas such as genetics, cardiology, epidemiology and cancer research. Eric S. Lander of The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard topped the list of most influential researchers for the second year straight, recording 14 Hot Papers in 2011. This was Lander’s eighth year on the list. He was followed by Salim Yusuf of McMaster University and Michael R. Stratton of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, both of whom recorded 13 Hot Papers in 2011. The most highly cited individual paper published in 2011, ‘Seven-Year Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe Observations: Cosmological Interpretations,’ by E. Komatsu, of The University of Texas at Austin, et al. received a total of 564 citations during the year.

The year’s Hottest Researchers were identified using citations that occurred during calendar year 2011 for papers published between 2009 and 2011. The list of Hottest Papers tracks total citations to non-review papers during calendar year 2011. To compile both lists, Science Watch draws on data and commentary from Thomson Reuters bibliometric experts and Essential Science Indicators, a unique compilation of science performance statistics and science trends data based on journal article publication counts and citation data from Web of Knowledge.”

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Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter

Nature.com wins ‘Oscars of the Internet’

Nature Publishing Group has won a "Webby" for the "Best Science Website" for 2008.

Besides searching access to all of their journals, their website features the following: 

"Through Nature.com, users can access news and features from Nature News and visit Naturejobs, NPG’s careers information and science recruitment website. NPG launched Connotea, the document tagging and social bookmarking web site in 2003. Nature Network, NPG’s social networking service connects scientists at a global and local level. The success of the weekly Nature Podcast has led to the construction of NPG’s own in-house podcast studio. The site also hosts a number of NPG blogs, the preprint service Nature Precedings, and country-focussed portals such as Nature China and Nature India."

For more details about Nature.com and the Webbies, here is the item in Knowledgespeak Newsletter.