Scholarly communication underpins the processes of research and innovation, but what if it fundamentally restricts them? I will argue for research communication mechanisms that better support today's digital scholarship, and suggest a new perspective on the scholarly ecosystem as interacting "social machines". The talk will draw on the music domain as an informative exemplar of pervasive digital practice.
David De Roure is Professor of e-Research at University of Oxford, Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre and coordinates Digital Humanities at Oxford. Focused on advancing digital scholarship, he works closely with multiple disciplines including social sciences (concentrating on social machines), digital humanities (computational musicology) and previously bioinformatics (in silico experimentation), chemistry (smart labs) and environmental science (sensor networks). He is an expert in big data analytics and has an extensive background in distributed computing, Web, Linked Data and social computing, runs the MyExperiment social website for sharing scientific workflows and promotes innovation in scholarly communication. For the last three years he has also held a national role as National Strategic Director for Digital Social Research.