Welcome to the 21st Century! We have some of the most high-tech equipment and electronics possible. From the use of the internet to appliances that change the very fabric of how we live our lives, technology has improved everything. It’s caused the world to shrink significantly in terms of travel and communication. You can pull out your phone and instantly have a video chat with someone halfway around the world.
In addition, it has changed how scientific research is carried out, discussed, refuted, and confirmed. With internet databases, open access, Post-Publication Peer Review, and internet collaboration, science has become more accessible than ever. This internet accessibility has also made labfolder what we are today. That’s why it’s important to understand why globalization is great for science.
It can be said that collaboration is the cornerstone of science. Needless to say, globalization has made teamwork between different scientists much simpler. Now, across the world, scientists and team members can communicate like never before. Research groups no longer have to organize in the same space. Rather, they can collaborate all over the world if need be. This, in turn, provides better use of time and money. Since team members no longer have to communicate using slower methods, collaboration is almost instantaneous.
We’ve talked about how our ELN at labfolder improves collaboration. This is the way the world is headed, figuratively shrinking as worldwide communication becomes easier and more accessible. Using our ELN’s collaborative tools allows better team management. Now, your research will not be hindered by a lack of correspondence. In addition, labfolder combines all communicative tools into a single platform. From to-dos, messaging, task assignments, and presentation, it’s easier than ever to use globalization in your collaboration and teamwork.
We have written a few blog posts on Open Access, as well as the Horizon 2020 program. But, the fact is still the same that Open Access Data is very important and relevant in today’s day and age. It allows better contact and usefulness of research. Open Access improves the facilitation of new research, as it allows more resources to be available for scientists to use in their work. This open data now, as well, as more integrity behind it. Open Access Data is under more scrutiny than research not under open access, which in itself is a good thing. Mistakes and incongruencies can be found much easier if it falls under Open Access.
The Horizon 2020 program itself is built upon this idea about the usefulness of Open Access. It plans to give out around 80 billion euros by the year 2020 in funding for labs. And, the scientific research done under Horizon 2020 must be Open Access. This is good in multiple ways. First, being Open Access, it is more useful to scientists wishing to view the research. As well, it provides an immense sum of money for research. All in all, it’s a fantastic program that will lead into the next decade of scientific advancement.
Going along this idea of data integrity, we must talk about Post-Publication Peer Review (PPPR). Data and Research mean nothing if they are not accepted and approved by peers in the scientific community. Usually, that meant research going under scholarly peer review before publication. When it is published, research is accepted as prodigious science. However, mistakes and discrepancies are possible in the published works. This is where PPPR comes into effect.
Using access to internet databases, scientists can critique the work of other scientists even after publication (hence the Post-Publication). This is why the globalization due to the internet is so vital for successful science. We understand that research can have discrepancies at times, and PPPR helps add more and fresh eyes to catch these. Different minds from around the world can discuss, accept, or refute scientific data. This all leads to more openness in the scientific community.
With the integration of social media into our daily lives, news and information can come to us in at lightning speed. This is perfect for the dissemination of scientific discoveries and research to the general population. Many people around the world do not have backgrounds in science, and it is important they know about scientific breakthroughs, especially if it applies to them. The internet and globalization allow the information to be spread easily.
Using social media, for example, scientific news and research can be spread quite easily and quickly. Instantaneously, the general population all over the world can read and access new information regarding science and research. Scientific breakthroughs are fantastic, yet they can increase in impact if more people are made aware of the usefulness to make the lives of more people better.
Globalization has been one of the primary stories of the 21st century. Collaboration and communication the world over have increased exponentially. This proves to be fantastic for scientific research. In days gone by, communication about research was limited to the technology. Now, with a new era dawning in worldwide communication, scientific research is striving ahead for worldwide teamwork, Open Access, PPPR, and Public knowledge. Scientific data is more useful than ever. Humanity can strive forward into the next years, making science and the human life better.