On Sunday May 30 we host an OpenTox Workshop near Berlin in Potsdam that will bring many leading international research program directors and leaders together to discuss how collaboration and the increased linking of resources over the World Wide Web could progress human safety research and safety assessment. By linking resources and data increasingly powerful computer-based models can be built for predicting and avoiding unwanted adverse toxic side effects of drugs, chemicals, ingredients in soaps and cosmetics, pesticides etc. thus enhancing human safety and protecting the environment better. Such methods should also eventually lead to the replacement of many animal experiments.
I summarise below the list of sessions with over 100 top speakers and discussion leaders for the program listing for the upcoming Autumn InterAction Meetings taking place in Philadelphia and Basel. Please add a traceback or link for other like-minded folk to find!
I also provide an electronic brochure for download here for the InnovationWell Autumn Program on Knowledge-based Innovation in Life Science Product Development:
Note: The poster sessions will be run as electronic poster sessions using tabletop spaces, a wireless network and Internet facilities at the meetings, in addition to virtual access through the website, i.e., the posters will be electronic but the access can be face-to-face or virtual. You can participate in person and virtually in the poster sessions. We can supply nourishment and refreshments locally; remote participants may have to order out! [We also expect, subject to on-site testing, to have live conference call capabilities for remote participating members to join local discussions.] Anyone interested in presenting such an "electronic poster" should directly contact us via email at innovationwell at douglasconnect.com
Look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia or Basel!
Yesterday, Stuart Henshall presented a Virtual Talk "From Blogs to Augmented Social Networks" to us and pursued the theme that community development of blogging could follow the theme of "Jazz in the Blogosphere".
Stuart on the concept:
Blogs to augmented social software is best thought about by combining two metaphors. Jazz and the jukebox....combine a weblog and RSS feeds and you get more than just the capability to publish frequent updates to a website and similarly aggregate information from other sites. While building context over time you instantly become part of a web of data exchange, one connecting many people who are cross-linking and sharing information. ...It’s also important to recognize that a good jazz community isn’t only comprised of musicians.
According to Stuart, companies embracing and adapting blogging and wiki tools will enable the conversation on the fringes that will enhance and power greater innovation and productivity. All members of this Jazz band must be allowed to both play together and have their own "instrument" or voice heard.
I would like to welcome you to the Knowledge Management in Pharma & Life Science Community and its launch KM in Pharma R&D virtual conference running from 1-5 December 2003 and provide a brief overview here. This week we are concentrating on knowledge management approaches of relevance to research and development in the pharmaceutical industry, but also, many of the topics we are covering are of more general interest.
What is this Knowledge Management Community going to be all about? This will not just be determined by myself; rather all members will have an opportunity in contributing and receiving information, contacts, learning, news and leading expertise. This is your community and your conference and I hope you find it both enjoyable and useful in your work.
This Blog is my first experience actually setting up and using a Blog. It was invaluable having the help and advice of an active Blogger, Stuart Henshall who provided valuable assistence and tips to me on how to get started. With such help, I was able to be off and running in a few hours, which I thought was pretty good compared to the time it often takes to start such an endeavour. Stuart runs the Unbound Spiral Blog.
We will be meeting with Stuart online this week to hear further from him on Blogging and to discuss directions it is leading to in the business world.
From Blogs to Augmented Social Networks: Applications enabling enhanced communication and collective intelligence
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Throughout this coming week starting December 1, we will be discussing issues of Knowledge Management at a virtual conference site . I will be providing news from the discussions and presentations at the conference here in this Blog. Comments are welcome.
About Knowledge Management in Pharmaceutical Research & Development Conference
Starting 1st December 2003 Knowledge Management (KM) in Pharma R&D is an international conference to be held on the Internet which brings together researchers to discuss the applications of Knowledge Management methods to Pharma R&D. The program covers:
* analysing investment issues in KM projects in the pharmaceutical industry, new ROI measures analysed including EVA, * remote team management and co-ordination * social sciences: how do you understand how people behave? How do you change or react most effectively to that behaviour? * understanding management and how implementation of KM can practically enhance productivity * community management and monitoring * intelligent search agents and expertise location * establishing and supporting networks of scientists * enabling effective clinical feedback to early-stage R&D teams * intellectual capital approaches and business agility * use of electronic notebooks and management of R&D data * enhancing communication via blogging and augmented social networks
In addition to talks from BMS, Pfizer, Aventis, UNIC, 3rd Millennium, Rescentris, CambridgeSoft, Partners HealthCare and Leif Edvinsson, we will be interactively exploring blogging and wikis with Stuart Henshall, conducting a workshop on investment analysis with Kevin Cookman and trying out new social software including metalayer's collaboration tools. Further information on the program including abstracts is located at: