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Research 3.0: Will the Internet change the way we work?



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Recently, I spent 6 months living in Silicon Valley.  The focus of my sabbatical was medical education in the United States.  I was interested in how evidence-based practice was incorporated into the medical student curriculum.  In the end, I was more impressed by the dominant cultures of computer science and entrepreneurship.  The 'Masters of the Universe' are alive and well.  They have moved from Manhattan to leafy suburbs and white picket fences.  This presentation considers how changes in the world wide web might affect medical research.  Will future studies see a transition from 'read only' (Research 1.0), to 'read and write' (Research 2.0), to 'read, write, and share data' (Research 3.0)?  As data accumulate, will any person (or computer) be able to make sense of it?

Peter Morris is a paediatrician and medical researcher.  He came to Menzies in 1994 to work with Amanda Leach and John Mathews.  Around the same time, he converted to evidence-based practice and is now a devout Cochranite.  Peter believes in randomisation, systematic reviews and one noble truth- all useful health care information must be free.  As an aspiring computer scientist, Peter can switch on his laptop and knows how to cut and paste.