DeSci: Progress, Challenges, Integration with Legacy Institutions

Society Library (Jamie Joyce) Takeaways:


  • Working on epistemic mapping, mapping deliberations about complex subjects (Nuclear energy, climate change, Covid-19), decision-making models
  • Ramping up integration with city councils to improve decision making
  • Creating visualizations for compressing complex knowledge, open to seeing what others could do with visualizations of Society Library’s data as well
  • Building methods for deconstructing arguments and mapping them out, mining claims and arguments
  • These processes have applications for Decentralized Science and general public social and political spaces (Darren Zhu) Takeaways:


  • Paper publishing and grant funding are slow and have a lot of friction
  • Science quality is declining, partially evidenced by the replication crisis
  • More edge science should be funded, high risk high reward science that falls between the cracks of bureaucracy
  • These problems can be solved with new tools and organizations centered on decentralized science
  • Currently in the middle of building and could use another round of funding and more full stack developers
  • Conference peer reviews may be a bigger problem than normal peer review because there is no iteration



Desci Labs (Philipp Koepellinger) Takeaways:


  • Desci labs is focused on improving replicatability, accessibility, and incentives for scientists
  • Nodeviewer tool under construction to allow scientists to build rich research objects that can be stored on peer to peer networks.  Manuscript, data, code, annotations – basically a living document with enriched media to allow deeper explanations of experiments
  • Crypto integration could be used to incentivize replication and crowdfunding
  • Peer review isn’t getting paid right now, it’s a donation to the publication industry which unfairly monetizes their work
  • Building a professionally managed discord server soon
  • Two uses for web3 are to fund fringe research and to create more accessibility for established research



LabDAO (Niklas Rindtorff) Takeaways:


  • It may be possible to spin up mini-CRO entities in any lab and receive open source payments
  • LabDAO is an organization that attempts to make this idea a reality
  • Open lab protocol is being developed to allow labs to interact with each other in an automated fashion
  • Currently mostly computational work but aspirations for wetlab work in the future
  • Github is a good structural model for a decentralized system of cooperation



Smart Contract Research Forum (Eugene Leventhal) Takeaways:


  • Grant funded org focused on advancing web3 research
  • Open peer review project currently being defined and researched
  • The project is open to any interested organizations that would like to help develop open peer review
  • There’s a coordinated emerging effort to organize the desci community
  • What will happen after a year of active community building?
  • Anonymity in peer review needs to be looked at more closely
  • Culture may be the hardest thing to change regarding science processes