Now that I was so inspired by my attendance at WordCamp 2014, am now ready to find another LIMS group to create or join. I have to stop myself, there!
Now that I attended WordCamp 2014, am ready to be collaborative and share knowledge and information with others. With that in-mind, I started asking around about some of the existing groups that are out there. For example, there’s a LabWare LIMS discussion group in LinkedIn that I used to belong to, but which never seemed to be particularly active. I suddenly found myself asking people I know how that group is doing – whether it’s worth rejoining.
Unfortunately, most of these groups end up being rather inactive. I find myself joining them then, belonging to more groups than I can keep track of, eventually pruning out those that are truly inactive. Even if they weren’t inactive, the problem with being an expert in anything is that it’s harder to get your questions answered.
People who have questions such as “how to do I setup a user login” can easily get their questions answered. Those with the more esoteric questions, the questions that occur from working with the harder problems, those questions might not yet have been worked-through by anyone else. Even if they have, as one of the other consultants once pointed-out – there is no reason why one expert should help another person to create competition in their expertise – then they might not stay the expert, any longer. In LIMS and ELN, there are many areas where the person who can remain the expert and convince everyone that they are THE expert, remains busy longer than the one who can’t. I understand that.
Keeping that in-mind, maybe that is why our groups remain so inactive. Maybe too many people worked too hard to get to the top to share it with others. Maybe they realize that, if they do that, they’ll be thrown by the wayside and get less work. I don’t know the real answer to that.
What I do know is that I’ll probably never be truly cured of this idea that we can work collaboratively, but I really should try harder to get past that.