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1 Strategic Reading, the Future of Scientific Publishing — something for everyone JATS-CON 2013 National Library of Medicine, April 2 nd, 2014 Allen H. Renear, Interim Dean Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Based on work by Carole L. Palmer and Allen H. Renear. All insights are Palmer’s, all confusions are Renear’s. Slides:

2 Breathless!!! 2

3 3 Introducing Lisa ( DOB: January 1, 1997) Today she is 17, just starting college [When she was 1 year old Google indexed 60M pages] She’s been using computers all her life Can’t remember life w/o the Web, Google, FB, smart phones… Let’s look ahead just 8 years years, to 2022 Lisa has just finished her doctoral coursework in molecular biology, and will now start her research. She walks up to the science reference desk…

4 4 Lisa at the science reference desk in 2022 Why is she there? — Does she need to know some fact? — Does she need to find a resource? — Does she need to know how to use a resource? She begins: “I’m studying the role of the P53 in Huntington’s disease… ” * The reference librarian interrupts… “So you’d like to find some articles to read on P53?” [ they both laugh ] Why do they laugh? [*]Inspired by John Wilbanks, various presentations ; and comments by MacKenzie Smith, Associate Director, MIT Libraries

5 5 Because the reference librarian is making a joke. In 2022 no one is “looking for articles to read” (at least not in science) in 2022 engaging with the scientific literature will (finally) be like “flying a jet plane through information space” * and not at all like finding and reading articles *attributed to Alan Kay, mid-1980s,

6 6 Lisa’s problem: P53 from John Wilbanks, adapting a KEGG map

7 7 Lisa’s problem 63,975 * *PubMed citations with P53 in the [title/abstract] in March 2014 … and in 2022?? from John Wilbanks, adapting a KEGG diagram

8 8 Quantity of information “Nowadays … sets of relevant papers [are] identified that surpass human capability for reading, interpretation, and synthesis.” –Barend Mons “Which gene did you mean?”

9 Are you kidding me??? 9 Adapted from Jensen, Saric, & Bork; Nature (2006).

10 10 Responses to the problem There is a detectable acceleration of a longstanding trajectory away from “finding” and then “reading” an article and towards other ways of exploiting content… One response: literature/text mining »information extraction »“undiscovered public knowledge” and hypothesis generation (Swanson and Smalheiser )... emblematic of the flight from reading Another response: tools for strategic reading

11 11 User behavior during (scientific) search in, e.g., PubMed, SCOPUS, Google Scholar, Web of Science, ADS, etc. The search trance. Researchers engage with the literature as if playing a video game They rapidly, almost subconsciously… –develop queries likely to find known items, or retrieve subject or topic results –track references backward and citations forward, –make rapid relevance judgments: assessments of impact, and quality –locate and compare key terms, equations, definitions, protocols, findings This is almost sub-cognitive, kinaesthetic, even trance-like, sessions are often considered successful — even though no article to read was found and read!!

12 12 The goal is not to find an article to read... the goal is to avoid reading Ok, ok, this is nothing new… —indexing and citation analysis help decide whether articles are relevant… without reading them. —abstracts and literature reviews help us take advantage of articles … without reading them. —the articles we do read, in their analyses and summaries help us take advantage of other articles … without reading them. —friends, colleagues, and, best of all, graduate students, help us take advantage of articles … without reading them.

13 13 Paper based strategic reading … engineers describe a common pattern for utilizing document components by zooming … and filtering information … [they] first read the abstract, then skim section headings. Next … lists, summary statements, definitions, and illustrations. … they disaggregate and re-aggregate article components for use in their own work … perhaps by using a marker to highlight … perhaps by creating a mental register… — Bruce Schatz et al. “Federated Search of Scientific Literature” IEEE Computer, 1999.

14 14 Online strategic reading [informant] … I used the sections of the papers for the equations…. I even wouldn’t read all the other parts of the article … l look for specific surface tensions, experimental measurements … I sometimes need to look specifically at other methods and theories. — Ann Bishop “Document Structure and Digital Libraries: How Researchers Mobilize Information in Journal Articles” Information Processing and Management, 1999.

15 15 Gathering information horizontally … One is minded of the father watching his young daughter who is using the remote to flick from one television channel to another. … [he] … asks …why she cannot make up her mind and she answers that she is not attempting to make up her mind, but is watching all the channels. She, like our bouncers, is gathering information horizontally, not vertically. Now we see what the migration from traditional to electronic sources has meant in information seeking terms. We are all bouncers and flickers, and the success of Google is a testament to that, with its marvellous ability to enhance and amplify this flicking and bouncing (like a really good remote). The analysis of the searching behaviour of digital consumers tells us much more than that, it also shows us how people develop knowledge. — D. Nicholas, P. Huntington, P. Williams, T. Dobrowolski, “Re-appraising information seeking behaviour in a digital environment: Bouncers, checkers, returnees and the like”. Journal of Documentation 60:

16 16 Old behaviors, yeah sure: but newly urgent Key studies from C. Tenopir and D. King ( ) show … –time searching and browsing has been rising rapidly from 1984 to –until the mid-1990s the number of articles “read” was more or less steady. –but since then the number “read” (not “browsed”) has been climbing –and so reading time per article is dropping, in some fields fairly fast (< 24 minutes!) In addition studies from C. Palmer et al ( ) show … –researchers use sophisticated techniques to mobilize information according to varied research needs. –these information needs vary with discipline, research life cycle (local and global), and research strategies, as well as with varying affordances of current technology –the pace of evolution and innovation in these techniques is increasing, and increasingly driven by researchers themselves and not information specialists or publishers

17 Faster, faster, faster, more more more TenTTT 17 Tenopir et al

18 18 In a nutshell As scientific ontologies are integrated into the publishing workflow many enhancements to scientific communication will become possible These will include, or should include: … support for the long-standing practice of strategic reading

19 19 This is the grand old dream..... of radical new functionality as envisioned by Paul Otlet, Vannevar Bush, Douglas Engelbart, Ted Nelson et al. — computationally available data items accessible with discipline-specific tools (chemical formulae, proteins, equations, etc.) — advanced navigation and viewing optimized for domain-specific and objective-specific browsing and analysis, — typed hypertext linking with links as first class objects, — data-driven intereactive diagrams and graphics — computable equations, — supportive ontological inferencing — thoroughgoing interoperability with other tools … and so on, and on, and on.

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22 22 More research needed In order to design tools that go beyond search and retrieval that support creative strategic reading. how do scientists search and read? (really) how can the use of ontologies and semantic web languages can be practical? how can NLP and data analytics help us read articles? how can we better integrate the data and the article?

23 Center for Research in Informatics and Scholarship (CIRSS) Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Data Practices Group (Carole Palmer, lead): researcher behavior around data and literature; data curation Socio-Technical Data Analytics Group (lead Cathy Blake): automatic summarization, textual entailment, claim identification Data Concepts Group (Allen Renear and David Dubin, leads): ontologies for documents and data. And we are working on it!

24 24 The perils of prediction A mother and her young daughter are sitting in the kitchen. The mother is working on her computer. The little girl says….


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