PSB09 Open Science Workshop - Report to conference


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A summary presentation to be given to the conference on 8 Jan at 12:30 Hawaii time. Central themes that came out of the workshop

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PSB09 Open Science Workshop - Report to conference

  1. 1. Open Science What is it? Why should I care? What can we do to make it happen?
  2. 2. Open Science? <ul><li>The movement that advocates making changes to the research process that make more of the outputs of research accessible in an effective and timely way (more stuff, more available, more quickly) </li></ul><ul><li>Includes Open Access publication, Open Data, and Open Process (access to e.g. source code and experimental protocols) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why should I care?
  4. 4. Tools?
  5. 5. Policy?
  6. 6. Funding?
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  11. 11. Technical and social issues <ul><li>The design of tools cannot be divorced from the cultural and social issues that surround them </li></ul><ul><li>Technical solutions, no matter how promising, can only help </li></ul><ul><li>Community building is just as important (but not more important) </li></ul><ul><li>Need an active conversation between users (of all sorts) and builders </li></ul>
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  13. 13. Measuring is hard <ul><li>But very important! </li></ul><ul><li>Does any of this actually provide benefits, and if so, who to? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the return on investment? </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to measure and long term studies needed (longer than the average grant term) </li></ul><ul><li>But without this it is difficult to convince anyone of anything </li></ul>
  14. 14. Workshop material is “open” <ul><li>Introduction on p540 of Proceedings </li></ul><ul><li>All online material available via: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Links to presentations (slideshare), commentary (Friendfeed), recorded video (Mogulus) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Main themes <ul><li>“ If you build it they won’t come” </li></ul><ul><li>Build the service and the community </li></ul><ul><li>Standards and methods of citation are at the core of good science. We need to do better at citing services, infrastructure, assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Specific tools are required (persistent identity, good repository systems) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Going forward…? <ul><li>Focus on specific actions with measurable outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Identify successes and celebrate (in the mainstream science media) </li></ul><ul><li>Identify failures, reflect and learn (and then share that in an open way) </li></ul><ul><li>Change is slow…there is time to think </li></ul>
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  18. 18. Improving the research process is an area for (experimental) research that requires the same rigour, standards (and funding) as anything else that we do
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