Patrick Hoesly

Uberisation of Science

Welcome to this Special Issue of EuroScientist on: Uberisation of Science!

Welcome to the special issue of EuroScientist focusing on uberisation of science.

Much has been debated about the impact of technologies on the research and innovation process. The truth is that these changes signify the beginning of a new era. With an increased reliance on geographically-distributed teams, tomorrow’s researchers are going to be able to reach unprecedented scales of collaborations, not just limited to cooperation between well-funded labs. Researchers from wider afield, including from territories with lower level of research funding, will finally be able to more systematically contribute to the great scientific endeavour of the future.

This issue is not limited to the mere technicalities of working across self-organised, distributed teams. It also looks at how, for such scenario to take place, it is essential that we change our outlook on what we mean by collaborating. This may require examining the values driving our future investigations. Aiming for social stability or environmental sustainability, could become the core values, which increasingly influence where future research focuses.

It is your choice whether you want to be part it. Meanwhile, you are invited to share this content as widely as possible so that we can stimulate the debate on these new ways of progressing science.

The EuroScientist team


One cultural shift away, towards fairer science

By Sabine Louët, EuroScientist Editor.

A changing world

Are the disruptions of uberisation a bane or boon for science?

By Fiona Dunlevy, Science journalist, Nice, France.

From Uber to OpenStreetCab: how data shifts the power back to users

By Anastasios Noulas, Data Science Institute, Lancaster University, UK.

Birju Pandya interview: choosing sustainable values to drive research

By Birju Pandya, Gift culture expert, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Performing research differently

Matters founder Lawrence Rajendran: the Lego approach to scientific publishing

By Lawrence Rajendran, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

When privacy-bound research pays for open science

By Barend Mons, University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Biological mechanisms discovery by globally distributed research force

By Barend Mons, University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

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