Windenergyresearch.org is a community focused on presenting wind energy research in a unified way.It’s all about exposing wind energy research to a wider audience and a deeper interaction between its different stakeholders, through web2.0 technology.
The current state of affair of wind energy publishing is mainly done through closed membership-based peer-review journals, which offer a peer-reviewed research quality after a long (about a year for publishing) and sometime difficult interaction with anonymous peer-review, and a conference proceedings (e.g. EWEC, TORQUE, AIAA). If you are lucky, like some of us, you have access to those different databases through your employer / university. Still, the information is spread through various sources in different formats, without a clear pattern .
The price and difficulty of publishing online has sank dramatically during the last 10 years, and the web now offers a lot more opportunities to interact effectively in addition of the usual article/presentation. The goal of windenergyresearch.org is to use those technologies to supplement – not replace – the traditional modes of exposing research. The concept is basically to associate a webpage to the article, presentation, poster, and their respective files (e.g. videos, pictures, data files, codes, meshes, test cases).
Sharing those files presents of course many intellectual property challenges. First the articles themselves are most of the time copyrighted by somebody else than the author (e.g. journals, conference organizations). While this situation is morally wrong from the researcher perspective (the authors have done all the work and should be able to distribute it as fast and easily as possible), we have to cope with reality. The loop-hole that exists to this issue is to distribute the pre-print articles. The pre-prints are the articles submitted originally to the journal or the conference, before the peer review. They are most of the time allowed to be distributed freely on internet (e.g. wiley’s transfer of copyright) as long as the link to the full paper, on the journal site is associated to the pre-print. An example of this approach is the arxiv.org project, hosted by Cornell Univ, which regroups 600,000+ pre-prints from all domains of science.
The second challenge we see with exposing those files, is that in many cases files (e.g. source-code, data) are used as an investment by the different research groups to secure future research, whether through accessing to future research fundings, or selling commercially code and consulting. It is none-the-less possible to share those files to the different stakeholders providing they comply to different types of agreements, (e.g. non-disclosure, research agreements, commercial licensing). This is done already in many cases. What we would like to introduce with this website is the possibility to systematically advertise those types of files and agreements for each article.