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“研究之门”(ResearchGate)

时间:2010-04-09 17:47:30  来源:  作者:

https://www.researchgate.net/

ResearchGATE is the leading professional network for scientists.
It's free of charge and designed to meet researchers' needs.

Towards connected science
"It is obvious that anything a scientist discovers or invents is based on previous discoveries and inventions." (Lukas Foss).

The concept of Web 2.0 is changing the way we access and distribute information. The Web has developed from a static system to a dynamic tool, in which people disseminate information and can collaborate. Examples such as Wikis and social networks are known to everybody. The benefits are large and will be even larger in the near future. The impact on nearly all aspects of our life, including science, is obvious. Due to the Web's technical opportunities, science is changing rapidly. The benefits to science and the scientific community as a result of these evolving technologies will be immeasurable.

The vision of Science 2.0 is promising: Communication between scientists will accelerate the distribution of new knowledge. Without anonymous review processes, the concept of open-access journals will assure research quality. Science is collaboration, so scientific social networks will facilitate and improve the way scientists collaborate. Cooperation on scientific publications can be facilitated through Wiki-like concepts.

It's clear that the change is already happening. Old-fashioned lab notebooks have given way to Wikis, and the number of open-access journals is increasing. Raw research data is spread to the benefit of all. Researchers are beginning to no longer accept a scientific world without the new concepts of Web 2.0.

We're at the beginning of this shift. As with any new concept, there are skeptics. How will authorship be granted? How is data protected? How will quality be assured?

Science 2.0's concepts will have to be developed with the science community. Change will happen. The question is just when and how.

ResearchGATE is an essential part of the Science 2.0 community and will evolve with it.

ResearchGATE is for scientists, built by scientists driven by the concept of Science 2.0.

From a student co-authoring his first research paper to a busy post-doc or a strategy-thinking professional group leader, every scientist knows that research success is heavily based on interaction with coworkers and fellow scientists. This interaction happens visibly or invisibly in our daily lives as researchers: the chat in the library, the call to an author of a new paper or the emotional discussion at a convention reception. More formal interactions include searching for the latest research papers, talks or patents. Everybody develops his or her own habits in interacting with other researchers.

We have also experienced that research collaboration, the exchange of promising ideas or a cooperative grant application work best if the co-researcher is a trusted and known person. In the best case, he's a good friend.

"Social scientists have long recognized the importance of boundary-spanning individuals in diffusing knowledge (Allen 1977; Tushman 1977), and recently, several papers have rigorously demonstrated that technological knowledge diffuses primarily through social relations, not through publications."

Sorenson, Olav and Singh, Jasjit, "Science, Social Networks and Spillovers" (December 26, 2006)

We'd like to give you the possibility to support this interaction with other researchers in form of a dedicated Web 2.0 application.

ResearchGATE offers tools tailored to researchers' need. Whether you are working with a co-researcher in a different country or even continent, or would like to find a forum to discuss your research ideas and results, ResearchGATE keeps you in touch with scientists all over the world. You can find new research contacts in people performing in the same field or in different fields using the same techniques as you do. ResearchGATE connects researchers and information.
“研究之门”(ResearchGate)的网站比较火爆。这是一个看似和Facebook、StudiVZ一样的社交网站,但却受到学术界专业人士的青睐,平均每天有约1500人登记注册,总人数达到30万人,有超过2000个网上小组,连德国著名的马克思—普朗克研究会也是其用户,这个业绩对于这个2008年才成立的网站来说已经相当了不起了。

创建这个网站的是3名年轻学者,28岁的病毒学专家索伦·豪夫迈尔、29岁的伊贾德·马迪士以及29岁的信息学专家霍斯特·费肯舍。豪夫迈尔与马迪士曾在汉诺威相识,两人的共同兴趣使他们决定创建这个网站,随后又找到了费肯舍作为技术顾问。在美国哈佛大学工作的马迪士现在担任这个网站的首席执行官,并在哈佛校园和德国柏林两地设立了办公室。
 

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