Shaking It Up is a one-day workshop on the changing state of the research ecosystem. The event is jointly sponsored by Digital Science, MIT, Harvard and Microsoft. Join us at Microsoft NERD on November 24th! #ShakingItUp14

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Powerful forces shape how research is done; funding mechanisms, government mandates, academic administration and technology (hardware and software) represent key spokes that support the revolutions of research cycles. New players in the form of start-ups, grassroots organizations and visionaries are shaking up how research is done. How do these initiatives launch, grow and scale? The flora and fauna of the research ecosystem include scholars, libraries, universities, funders, governments and companies: how are the rules of interaction changing? What new dynamics and partnerships are emerging? Where are the opportunities for breakthroughs? In this workshop, we invite participants to share success stories and challenges of innovating in the research space. We aim to spark new connections and insights by investigating aspects of the research lifecycle through the multiple lenses of different players operating within the research ecosystem.

Amy Brand (Digital Science), Caitlin Trasande (Digital Science), Alex Wade (Microsoft Research), Christopher Erdmann (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Margy Avery (MIT),Patsy Baudoin (MIT Libraries)


8:15 – 8:45AM: Coffee, light breakfast, registration 

8:50 – 9:00AM: Welcome (Amy Brand, Alex Wade)

9:00 – 9:45AM: Keynote

Geoff Bilder, Director of Strategic Initiatives at CrossRef

Geoffrey Bilder

Mind The Gap: Scholarly cyberinfrastructure is the third rail of funders, institutions and researchers. Why do we keep getting it wrong and what can we do about it?

Abstract: If we funded and ran physical infrastructure the way we fund and run scholarly cyberinfrastructure, the lights and water would go out every grant cycle and we would have architects bidding to build quonsets huts with the promise that the client would get railways and electrical grids as side-effects. Funders gather their top researchers to plot the disruption of scholarly communication and to frame the glorious future of e-science, yet these meetings routinely descend into jeremiads about lack of archive space, ineffective or absent identifier systems and scandalously scanty metadata. The sublime capitulates to the mundane. Now we are told that the solution to our cyberinfrastructure problems to engage in public/private partnerships. It would appear that we are running headlong from opening content and data to enclosing the very infrastructure that will allow us to us it freely. Why are we so crap at infrastructure? How can we get it right for a change? This talk will discuss some emerging patterns of successful cyberinfrasture projects and will finish by proposing some principles that might guide the future funding, development, operation and governance of critical cyberinfrastructure.

Geoff co-founded Brown University’s Scholarly Technology Group, providing the Brown academic community with advanced technology consulting in support of their research, teaching and scholarly communication. He was subsequently head of IT R&D at Monitor Group, a global management consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 2002 to 2005, Geoffrey was Chief Technology Officer of scholarly publishing firm Ingenta, and just prior to joining CrossRef, he was a Publishing Technology Consultant at Scholarly Information Strategies, where he consulted extensively with publishers and librarians on emerging technologies and how they may affect scholarly and professional researchers.

9:45 – 11:00AM: Panel 1 – Capturing the Research Lifecycle

Chair: Courtney Soderberg, Statistical Consultant at the Center for Open Science, will lead a panel discussion of the challenges associated with organizing research data, disseminating and discovering new research tools.

Confirmed Panelists: 

John Lees-Miller Co-Founder of OverLeaf
Lars Holm Nielsen Software Engineer at Zenodo
Arfon Smith of GitHub
Robert Seigel of Publiscize
Tim Gardner Co-Founder of Riffyn
Rion Dooley of Texas Advanced Computing Center

11:00 – 11:30AM: Networking Break 

11:30AM – 12:30PM: Panel 2: Accessing Content: New Thinking / New Business Models to Accessing Research Literature

Chair Alex Hodgson, Director of Marketing for ReadCube, will lead a panel discussion about the current challenges around the accessibility of scholarly content and the rise of innovative new models aimed to tackle them.

Confirmed Panelists: 

Robert McGrath CEO of ReadCube Access/Checkout
Eric Hellman President of GlueJar at
Marguerite Avery, MIT Libraries / xMIT Press
William Gunn, Head of Academic Outreach, Mendeley
Jennifer Farthing, Director, Consumer Products, Ithaka

12:30 – 1:00PM: Lightning Demos Session 1

Charlie Wong – BioRAFT
Julia Hawks – Symplectic Elements
Kathy Christian – Altmetric
Thomas Crouzier – Connected Researchers

1:00 – 2:00PM: Lunch 

2:00 – 3:00PM: Panel 3: Measuring Content: Evaluation, Metrics and Measuring Impact 

Gordon Gregory
Chair Gregg Gordon, President, Social Science Research Network, will lead a panel discussion on evaluation and impact “beyond citations” for articles, researchers, institutions.

Confirmed Panelists:

Ashlea Higgs, Founder of UberResearch
Mike Taylor, Research Specialist, Elsevier Labs, Elsevier
Andrea Michalek, Co-Founder of Plum Analytics

3:00 – 3:30PM: Lightning Demos Session 2
Mitar Milutinovic – PeerLibrary
Ben Lewis – WorldMap
Griffin Weber – Harvard Profiles
Dan Whaley –
Eleni Castro and Elizabeth Quigley – Dataverse 4.0 Beta

3:30 – 4:00PM: Networking Break

4:00 – 5:30PM: Panel 4: Publishing Content: The Article of the Future 

Chair Alyssa Goodman, Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University, will lead a panel discussion on the research article of the future. Why is the article of today lacking? How can journal articles feature linked open data? How can we use the way researchers collaborate to create authoring tools? What does the article of the future look like?

Confirmed Panelists:
Tiffany Bogich, Co-Founder of Standard Analytics
Tim Clark, Co-Founder of Annotopia; Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Alex Johnson, CTO at
Dan Valen, Product Sales Manager at figshare
Alberto Pepe, Co-Founder of Authorea

5:30 – 6:30PM: Cocktail Networking Reception 

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