PaperSprint to be held in Paris

On the Association of Internet Researchers e-mail list there was an interesting announcement about a PaperSprint to be held at Fabelier in Paris, France.

Some of you that follow this blog may know what a Code Sprint is. For those that don’t, a Code Sprint is according to Wikipedia, “A sprint is a time-boxed period of software development focused on a given list of goals (but with variable scope). Sprints have become popular events among some Open Source projects.

A PaperSprint, or at least how Fabelier is describing it, is the same basic idea, except the end result is not code, but instead is an academic paper. The goal of this particular PaperSprint “is to explore the possibility of writing from scratch a (reasonably good) research paper within 4 hours” from start to finish. This sounds like an exciting experiment and if it was closer, I’d try to participate. It will be really interesting to see how it turns out. If the results are positive, maybe it is something to try in the library and information science environment. Anyone interested?

1 Comment

  1. Erin Dorney said,

    March 21, 2011 at 19:03:01

    I would absolutely be interested in doing something like this. From my experience and observations, getting started on a research project is the hardest part. I think a PaperSprint would force participants to jump that hurdle and move forward quickly. For a new librarian like myself, required to do research and publish, it might be the perfect jumping off point. Or at least show that hey, it’s not as difficult as you’re making it out to be.