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“All Things SciComm” is a weekly podcast brought to you by ScienceTalks, a media platform that aims to make science accessible to everyone. What does the future of science look like? What’s happening in science communication? In this podcast we keep you updated on the latest in research funding, publication technology, sci-tech policy, sustainable development goals, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and more.

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“All Things SciComm” is a weekly podcast brought to you by ScienceTalks, a media platform that aims to make science accessible to everyone. What does the future of science look like? What’s happening in science communication? In this podcast we keep you updated on the latest in research funding, publication technology, sci-tech policy, sustainable development goals, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and more.

    Mark Hahnel on the Future of Open Science, Publishing, and Figshare

    Mark Hahnel on the Future of Open Science, Publishing, and Figshare

    In the final part of their conversation, Nikesh Gosalia and Mark Hahnel talk about open science, but this time with an emphasis on the future. They discuss carrot-and-stick incentives that can encourage researchers to participate in open science. Mark shares his views on future developments in academic publishing, specifically on how machine interpretation of data can help detect publishing fraud and make scientific findings more understandable to the general public. Mark also shares his opinion on the biggest change needed in academia: paid peer review. Possibilities for the future are further explored as Mark addresses the future of Figshare and the constantly evolving nature of technology, which means that Figshare will have always something new to work on. To wrap up their discussion, Mark talks about his way of staying updated with new developments in open data and his personal mission for the science community.
     
    Mark Hahnel is the Founder and CEO of Figshare, the all-in-one repository for papers, FAIR data, and nontraditional research outputs. He is passionate about open science and its potential to bring positive change to the research community. Mark has acted as an advisor for the Springer Nature master classes and is currently on the advisory board for the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). He can be reached on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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    • 17 min
    The Importance of Open Access and Technology with Mark Hahnel

    The Importance of Open Access and Technology with Mark Hahnel

    Nikesh Gosalia and Mark Hahnel continue their discussion on making scientific data public, talking about the idea of publishing negative data and the unequal explosion of gold vs. green open access. Mark makes a strong case for keeping all data openly available in time-sensitive research fields such as COVID-19. He also discusses how open access could propel research to the next level: if all research data is available online, AI technologies could sift through it and detect trends that humans can’t. Keeping with the theme of technology, Mark touches on the role of blockchain in decentralized sciences and Figshare’s focus on building policy-compliant infrastructure to make resilient, long-lasting technology. He also shares his thoughts on collaborative efforts between humans and AI, citing the Google DeepMind project AlphaFold as an example of a successful project. Mark talks about some open science initiatives that have caught his attention, with a special focus on Cassyni, a company that uses technology to improve the impact of lectures. To end this episode, Mark shares his opinion on the factors that are preventing the mass adoption of open science.
     
    Mark Hahnel is the Founder and CEO of Figshare, the all-in-one repository for papers, FAIR data, and nontraditional research outputs. He is passionate about open science and its potential to bring positive change to the research community. Mark has acted as an advisor for the Springer Nature master classes and is currently on the advisory board for the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). He can be reached on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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    • 20 min
    The Story Behind Figshare with Mark Hahnel

    The Story Behind Figshare with Mark Hahnel

    Join host Nikesh Gosalia as he chats with Mark Hahnel from Figshare about the creation of the Figshare platform. Mark talks about his background in genomics and how a gap year spent travelling eventually led him to do a PhD in stem cell biology. As a PhD student, he experienced struggles while trying to publish his research findings, and this inspired him to build his own publishing platform, which is now known as Figshare. For Figshare’s 10th anniversary, Mark reflects on Figshare’s collaboration with Digital Science and how the visionary thinking of their CEO led to Figshare being created before open science became common practice. Mark talks about the different versions of Figshare, from the free figshare.com which is open to everyone, to purpose-built versions of Figshare meant for specific organizations. This ties in with the open science concept of “as open as possible, as closed as necessary”, where not all datasets should be publicly available for safety. Mark shares his thoughts on what academics want out of publishing: something fast, good, open, and possibly free. He also addresses some drawbacks of Figshare, such as quality control, lack of data curation, and content monitoring issues.
     
    Mark Hahnel is the Founder and CEO of Figshare, the all-in-one repository for papers, FAIR data, and nontraditional research outputs. He is passionate about open science and its potential to bring positive change to the research community. Mark has acted as an advisor for the Springer Nature master classes and is currently on the advisory board for the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). He can be reached on Twitter or LinkedIn.
    All Things SciComm is a weekly podcast brought to you by ScienceTalks. Follow us:
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    • 17 min
    Jigisha Patel on ‘Publish or Perish’, Research Integrity, and Peer Review

    Jigisha Patel on ‘Publish or Perish’, Research Integrity, and Peer Review

    This is a special episode for Peer Review Week 2022 featuring research integrity specialist, Jigisha Patel! Hosts Nikesh Gosalia and Jayashree Rajagopalan talk to Jigisha about her career journey from being a medical doctor to a journal editor. She shares her observations on common research integrity dilemmas in publishing, from plagiarism to authorship disputes, and discusses an overview of industry efforts to overcome these problems and the possibility of using AI-based solutions. Jigisha also addresses the connection between research integrity and peer review, and how her role in the Peer Review Steering Committee has given her a more positive perspective of the peer review process. She talks about a challenge affecting the peer review process – peer review being used as a mere stamp of approval as the actual content of the reviews is sidelined. She touches on the ‘publish or perish’ culture that is pervasive in scientific research and the need to evolve current research culture into one that rewards research integrity.
    Jigisha Patel is an independent research integrity specialist and founder of Jigisha Patel Research Integrity Limited. After training as a medical doctor, she transitioned into the world of publishing with a special focus on research integrity, peer review, and medical research ethics. Jigisha is an elected member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Council. She can be contacted through her website or Twitter.
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    • 36 min
    Remote Learning, AI Tech, and Research Frameworks with Phil Baty

    Remote Learning, AI Tech, and Research Frameworks with Phil Baty

    Is remote learning here to stay? In the second part of their conversation, Nikesh Gosalia and Phil Baty discuss changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and various other issues related to higher education. They start with the Research Excellence Framework, and Phil shares his thoughts on the importance of such frameworks and the controversy of universities gaming the system. They also explore the long-term impact of the pandemic on higher education — according to Phil, remote learning will be permanently incorporated along with in-person education to produce a hybrid learning model. Phil addresses the inevitable application of AI in higher education and the need for governance systems to ensure that AI usage remains beneficial. He also talks about the global leveling up of university rankings with greater representation from less dominant nations. To wrap up, Phil shares the most pivotal moments of his career.
    Phil Baty is an established expert in university performance and strategy. With 25 years of experience in global higher education, including a decade as the editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Phil is an award-winning journalist and highly sought-after speaker. He is also the creator of the THE’s World Academic Summit. Phil can be reached on Twitter and LinkedIn. 
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    • 29 min
    Phil Baty on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings

    Phil Baty on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings

    In today's episode, Nikesh Gosalia speaks to Times Higher Education (THE) Chief Knowledge Officer Phil Baty about university rankings. Phil talks about THE’s origins and his personal history within the company and delves into the THE World University Rankings and shares insider info on the inner workings of the rankings — he covers everything from performance indicators to the incorporation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Phil addresses some controversies about ranking tools and reiterates the importance of transparency in creating beneficial ranking systems. Next, Phil discusses the key trends in university rankings, including the shift in power from the West to East Asia. He shares his tips for universities to improve their rankings and touches on the consultancy services offered by THE to help universities improve their reputation, including THE’s newly acquired business ‘The Knowledge Partnership’.
    Phil Baty is an established expert in university performance and strategy. With 25 years of experience in global higher education, including a decade as editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Phil is an award-winning journalist and highly sought-after speaker. He is also the creator of the THE’s World Academic Summit. Phil can be reached on Twitter and LinkedIn. 
    All Things SciComm is a weekly podcast brought to you by ScienceTalks. Follow us:
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ScienceTalksGlobal/ Twitter https://twitter.com/Sciencetalks_GL YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyjsQTi0s7sKIaR12iLXBsg

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