New Trends in Scholarly Communication - a new lecture series initiated by IST Austria, Austrian Academy of Science, and the Austrian Science Fund - presents

Peter Murray-Rust

"Open Science: Realising the Value of Published Scientific Research"

Tuesday, 3rd of June, 18:00 (6 p.m.)
Haus der Forschung, Sensengasse 1-3
1090 Vienna, Austria

Peter Murray-Rust, a pioneer of Open Science, Open Access, and Open Data, will give a talk suitable for a wide range of interests, including scientists, policymakers, funders, researchers, but also the interested citizen scientists, and laymen interested in the subject science. He will show the potential downstream value of science and some of the current blocks to realising it. In addition Peter Murray-Rust will highlight the very recent work Michelle Brook has been doing with the FWF and Wellcome Trust data on payments for Open Access.

  • cost and value of scientific funding
  • outlets for value
    - traditional papers
    - other value, especially digital knowledge
  • content mining
  • improving the "publication" process, especially through tools
  • building communities of practice
    - The Blue Obelisk and
    - The Panton Fellowships

Peter Murray-Rust (born 1941) is a chemist currently working at the University of Cambridge. As well as his work in chemistry Murray-Rust is also known for his support of Open Access and Open Data.

He was educated at Bootham School and Balliol College, Oxford. After obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy he became lecturer in chemistry at the (new) University of Stirling and was first warden of Andrew Stewart Hall of Residence. In 1982 he moved to Glaxo Group Research at Greenford to head Molecular Graphics, Computational Chemistry and later protein structure determination. He was Professor of Pharmacy in the University of Nottingham from 1996-2000, setting up the Virtual School of Molecular Sciences. He is now Reader in Molecular Informatics at the University of Cambridge and Senior Research Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.

He campaigns for open data, particularly in science, and is on the advisory board of the Open Knowledge Foundation and a co-author of the Panton Principles for Open scientific data. Together with a few other chemists he was a founder member of the Blue Obelisk movement in 2005. In 2002, Peter Murray-Rust and his colleagues proposed an electronic repository for unpublished chemical data called the World Wide Molecular Matrix (WWMM). In January 2011 a symposium around his career and visions was organized, called Visions of a Semantic Molecular Future. In 2011 he and Henry Rzepa were joint recipients of the Herman Skolnik Award of the American Chemical Society.

Peter is also known for his work on making scientific knowledge from literature freely available, and in such taking a stance against publishers that are not fully compliant with the Berlin Declaration on Open Access. (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).


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