Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Better use of antibiotics - €1 million Horizon Prize !

Research & Innovation - Horizon Prizes - Better use of Antibiotics

This €1 million prize addresses the issue of the unnecessary use of antibiotics, which is contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. The challenge is to develop a rapid test that will allow healthcare providers to distinguish at the point of care between patients with upper respiratory tract infections that require antibiotics and those that can be treated safely without antibiotics.

The Programmable City | How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?

The Programmable City | How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?

In November 2014 members of the Programmable City team from Maynooth University visited the Smart City Expo and Congress in Barcelona.  The organisers have now posted up videos of all of the sessions on their YouTube channel.  Together they make interesting viewing for anyone interested in understanding what is happening with regards to creating smart cities.  Rob Kitchin and Gavin McArdle presented a paper at the Congress entitled, ‘Dublin Dashboard: Open and real-time data and visualizations for citizens, government and companies’.

Monday, 16 February 2015

The focus on bibliometrics makes papers less useful

The focus on bibliometrics makes papers less useful

Forcing research to fit the mould of high-impact journals weakens it. Hiring decisions should be based on merit, not impact factor, says Reinhard Werner.

How do we recognize a good scientist? There is an entire industry — bibliometrics — that would have us believe that it is easy: count journal articles, sort them according to the impact factors of the journals, and count all the citations.