Sascha Friesike: how enhanced collaboration is shaping the research of the future

Sascha Friesike is a researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, in Berlin, Germany. He holds a PhD in Technology and Innovation Management from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. His background is in engineering economics.

His research interests are innovation and creativity, He currently leads a research group called Open Science, which represents a new approach towards research, knowledge and its dissemination.

He has just published a book of the same name: ‘Opening Science: The Evolving Guide on How Internet is Changing Research, Collaboration and Scholarly Publishing.’

In this exclusive interview to the EuroScientist, he shares his views on how is the current research is changing, due to the influences of the internet. “I don’t think that we’ll see, like an overnight shift from the current research system that we have to a completely new one, just because we have the technology available,” he says.

But the internet allows streamlining of research, especially within a small groups, which fosters a better collaboration between researchers and wider sharing of the results.

The scientific process of the future could be more focused on early sharing of ideas, but also on making the researchers’ mistakes more visible in the open.

Systems such as altmetrics are changing the way how the results are measured. “It is a very early stage in doing this,” he mentions, adding: “and we will have far more elaborate methods in the future. We will not only measure the quantity of publication lists, but rather the actual impact, which is pretty tough for us currently to measure with only citations and publications,” Altmetrics are nowhere near where they want to be. ” It is a very slow process to get an established system.”

All of these changes include a system giving “credit to the brave ones“, which can be little bit difficult for those who prefer a well-established system.

See also Sacha’s contribution pertaining to the beginning of a science era where real-time, high-recognition and high-replicability prevail.

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Featured image credit: Sascha Friesike

Sabine Louët

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