Work interests: research, editing, science communication
Affiliation/website: National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka
Preferred contact method: Any
Preferred contact language(s): English, German
Contact: email = researchcooperative-at-gmail-dot-com
Favourite publications: Various, and especially the open access versions of older journals with effective review systems
Affiliations: 1996-present: National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka. 1995: Freelance editor, Kyoto. 1994: JSPS Research Visitor, Kyoto University, Kyoto. 1993: Research Visitor, Australian National University, Canberra. 1991: Visiting Researcher, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka.1990: STA Fellow, National Institute for Ornamental Plants, Vegetables, and Tea (NIVOT), Ano, Japan
Contact: National Museum of Ethnology, Senri Expo Park, Suita City, Osaka, Japan 565-8511
Biographical: Established the Research Cooperative in 2001
Favourite Publications: Various
Specialist vs generalist services for science communication
Our network, the Research Cooperative, succeeds and fails for the same reason:
The nework has universal aims that have attracted members from all scientific areas, but lacks the focus that specialist networks can provide.
Some companies succeed because they offer (for example) editing or translation for all possible topics (and farm out the work to unknown freelancers).
Yet there are many individual editors or specialist editing companies that succeed because of a particular focus on human sciences, or engineering, or medicine, or biology, or other areas.
We should not consider the "specialist vs generalist" contrast to be an "either/or" option at the Research Cooperative.
Maybe we can aim for both. For example, it may be good for us to set up service groups within our system that focus on specific subjects (e.g. offers and requests for editing in mathematics).
That was partly why we set up "topic focus groups"... but those groups are not designed for specific services related to each topic.
In reality, the group pages are not being used for topic discussions or for service offers and requests.
They are not being used, full stop. :-(
Perhaps this means that we have not made it clear that they can be used for discussion and service offers or requests.
We need to think how the functions and potentials of our network can be made more obvious for visitors, potential members, and existing members.
Any opinions on this matter are welcome!
Please reply to this blog. Thanks.
(Photo: nightfall in Kyoto, Summer 2020)