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Wednesday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Acceleration of Interdisciplinary Research: How to help researchers integrate into the research ecosystem

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Engaging and investment in research to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, encouraging innovation, enriching education, and stimulating the economy to improve humankind is all part of the research process. Sharing new ideas across the sciences enable researchers to expand their perspective through the engagement with other perspectives. Pre-peer review sharing is becoming more predominant to advancing the interests of researchers, scholars, students, business organizations, librarians, and the public.

Research takes time and publishing concrete ideas in reputable journals can be a long road.
What if research librarians could assist their young scholars with getting their ideas noticed early?

What if scholars posted their working papers and ideas in a community where sharing knowledge is valued and collaboration refined research to promote better research faster?

Primary Speaker Gregg Gordon, managing director of SSRN and the thought leader behind Tomorrow’s Research Today. He will discuss edge cases about accelerating interdisciplinary research in today’s digital world.

Gregg is the managing director of SSRN focused on the high quality, rapid, electronic dissemination of scholarly research at the lowest possible cost - Tomorrow's Research Today.

In May 2016, SSRN joined Elsevier, a world-leading provider of information solutions promoting the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, and deliver better care. Together, we can further enhance early discoveries of ideas in an open-access environment of sharing and collaboration.

Scholarly Speaker J.J. Prescott, Professor of Law, Professor of Economics (courtesy) Codirector, Empirical Legal Studies Center, Codirector, Program in Law and Economics University of Michigan
As technology becomes ever more integral to the research process, well-designed platform software has the potential to bring together researchers and scholarship from different disciplines, and ultimately, if done right, transform the production of scholarship into something fine-tuned and well-oiled, accelerating research generally. One age-old difficulty of university- and disciplined-based scholarship is that different fields develop distinct lexicons, which becomes path-dependent, exacerbated by the tendency of scholars to use non-descriptive terms to label ideas and methods (e.g., authors’ names). As a result, even the most knowledgeable scholar in a particular field may have trouble discerning which issues have been addressed and problems solved in other fields. Consequently, wheels are being constantly re-invented and collaboration opportunities are routinely missed, even by scholars working in buildings right next to each other. Smart tools, however, have the capacity to break down these walls. One exciting possibility is the use of machine learning to begin to automate the translation process and build field-specific “views” of other fields. Leveraging existing interdisciplinary scholarship or the substance of research itself, software can identify links between concepts in different fields and then use these links to “translate” advances in other fields into a scholar’s “native” language. Platform technology and big data methods also render the possibility of mapping disciplines, including their overlapping areas, a realistic possibility. Tools that allow scholars to know quickly when another field has dealt with the same or similar problem – or to know quickly that it hasn’t – may well be the combustion engine of research in the 21st century.

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Gregg Gordon

director, Elsevier/ SSRN
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James Prescott

University of Michigan Law School, Henry King Professor Professor of Law
James J. (J.J.) Prescott is the Henry King Ransom Professor of Law, co-director of the Empirical Legal Studies Center, and co-director of the Program in Law and Economics at the University of Michigan Law School. His research interests revolve around criminal law, sentencing law and... Read More →

Wednesday November 8, 2017 2:30pm - 3:10pm EST
Gold Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401