Dr. Tiberius Ignat
Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services
Tiberius Ignat is the director of Scientific Knowledge Services, a company which specialises in helping the European research organisations to embrace new technologies and ways of working. He runs in partnership with UCL Press and LIBER Europe a successful series of workshops – Focus On Open Science, now in its fifth year. After being a long-time individual member of LIBER, he became an LIBER Associate through his company. Tiberius is a member of European Citizen Science Association and Citizen Science Association (US) and a member of the Scientific Committee for OAI11, the CERN – UNIGE Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication. He serves as vice-chair of LIBER’s Citizen Science Working Group and as a member of LIBER’s Responsible and Innovative Metrics Working Group.
Tiberius Ignat has a personal interest in Open Science, particularly Citizen Science and the management of this cultural change.
He has a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Bucharest.
There is a need for a seachange in research: Collaboration next to Competition
Today, science is performed in a highly competitive frame. Researchers and organisations compete for promoting their scientific assumptions, for winning funds, to be the first that discovered something or anything, to get the best publication space which makes their conclusions brighter. In this landscape, researchers compete to publish more, compete for attention, compete to win comparative assessments. There is an important observation we should mark here: competition is about winning a race of which rules are set by others.
Every time we compete, our success is measured on someone else’s definition of it.
Competition is one important element of human progress but is not the only one and it usually works better when it’s related to other elements, like collaboration.
In lab-locked science, researchers and organisations compete for promoting their scientific assumptions, for winning funds, to find first, communicate first. It’s a careers gold-rush! Scientists compete to publish more, for attention, for visibility and keep comparing with our colleagues. COMPETITION IS ABOUT WINNING.
Open Science is paying a great respect to competition, but it brings another element in this framework that is expected to unlock further resources and to bring a balance. This element is collaboration and it should be seen equal to competition. Adding Collaboration means: more resources, shared infrastructure for efficient use, collective intelligence, to reach groups of micro-expertise, to save time, save resources, communicate efficiently and share.
COLLABORATION IS ABOUT GAINING.