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Science, Online and Open

As in previous years, the lead-up to Science Online 2012 has researchers, journalists, and bloggers brimming with excitement over the upcoming so-called un-conference to be held on the North Carolina State University campus. This year, though, The New York Times has taken notice.

In a piece that first debuted online and appears in print today, the Times' Thomas Lin discusses the open science movement, covering everything from the Berlin-based social-networking site ResearchGate, to open access publishers like arXiv and PLoS, to Science Online 2012 — the sixth annual meeting of its kind.

Conference co-founder Bora Zivkovic tells the Times that science is becoming increasingly collaborative, "because it works better in the current ecosystem, in the Web-connected world." Still, because lofty production costs loom, Zivkovic adds that because "they have shareholders," journal publishers "have to move the ship slowly."