Do You Believe in Social Networks for Researchers?

There has been tens, if not hundreds, of attempts to launch social networks for scientists and for researchers over the last 3 years. The new “Linkedin for Researchers” or “Facebook for Scientists”: www.collab.com, www.academia.edu, www.academiaconnect.org, biomedexperts.com etc. Even the Fondation Pierre Gilles de Gennes recently launched its social network for scientists. Although a few of them provide real incentives for researchers (http://www.labmeeting.com etc.), although some of them provide really useful tools for scientists (http://www.mendeley.com etc.), most of them, however, fail or will fail. Why ? Why aren’t researchers already on social networks such as Linkedin? One could think that this is because the network is not targeted enough and does not provide tools which are really useful for them. This

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French Public Research is Not Wired for Innovation

At the Roundtable “SMEs: how to integrate advanced technologies, in partnership with public research” held at the “RDV Carnot” on May 5th and 6th in Lyon, Florin Paun, Deputy Director for Industrial Innovation at ONERA, explained why “the French research is not wired for innovation”. TRLs After a few provocative remarks, Florin Paun, explained the concept of Technology Readiness Level. It is a concept widely used in the aerospace and defense sectors that helps to qualify the level of maturity of a technology. “Technology Readiness Level (TRL) is a measure used by some United States government agencies and many of the world’s major companies (and agencies) to assess the maturity of evolving technologies (materials, components, devices, etc.) prior to incorporating that

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Google Search on Open Innovation in France

A Google Search on the key words open innovation france (click here to see) yields PRESANS in first position, www.openinnovation.eu in second position and openworldforum.org in third . Open Your Innovation appears only at the 6th position. To be improved!

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Obama’s Innovation Strategy is 2.0

While the French government has recently launched “Le Moteur de la Recherche” to increase collaboration between public and industrial research, President Barack Obama recently signed a memorandum that highlights issues related to the implementation of his Administration’s commitment to increase the use of prizes and challenges as tools for promoting open government, innovation, and other national priorities. This article is a summary of Obama’s memorandum. Policy Background In September 2009, the Obama released his Strategy for American Innovation, calling for agencies to increase their ability to promote and harness innovation by using policy tools such as prizes and challenges. Examples: DARPA Grand Challenges NASA Centennial Challenge Potential Benefits of Prizes Prizes and challenges have a number of potential benefits such

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