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    • kaitlin thaney @kaythaney ; @mozillascience scitechLA / 29 sept. 2013 making the web work for science
    • (0)
    • doing good is part of our code
    • help researchers use the power of the open web to change science’s future.
    • (1)
    • what is “open science”?
    • “... up to 70% of research from academic labs cannot be reproduced, representing an enormous waste of money and effort.” - Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange
    • our definition of “knowledge” is evolving. our systems need to follow.
    • research cycle idea experiment lit review materials publish share results retest analyze collect data
    • blocking points idea experiment access attaining materials publish share results retest analyze collect data (to name a few ...)
    • types of information hypothesis/query protocols parameters content non-digital “stuff” articles proceedings negative results analysis code datasets models (added complexity) prof activities mentorship teaching activities
    • traditions last not because they are excellent, but because influential people are averse to change and because of the sheer burdens of transition to a better state ... “ “ Cass Sunstein
    • Source: Michener, 2006 Ecoinformatics.
    • web as a platform participatory, enabling, open
    • (2)
    • our systems need to talk to one another. learn by doing. teach by showing.
    • “One worry I have is that, with reviews like this, scientists will be even more discouraged from publishing their code [...] We need to get more code out there, not improve how it looks.”
    • “There’s greater reward, and more temptation to bend the rules.” - David Resnik, bioethicist
    • (3)
    • shifting practice is hard. ... but not impossible.
    • 63 nations 10,000 scientists 50,000 participants can we do the same for open science?
    • (4)
    • we need to even (/ elevate) the playing field.
    • facing a digital skills gap
    • “Reliance on ad-hoc, self- education about what’s possible doesn’t scale.” - Selena Decklemann
    • learn from open source (culture as well as technology)
    • current activity: 135 instructors (30, training) 115 bootcamps 3500 learners
    • building capacity “train the trainer”
    • instill best (digital, reproducible) practice “research hygiene”
    • wasted ... $$$ time resource opportunity
    • in an increasingly digital, data- driven world, what core skills, tools do the next-generation need?
    • (5)
    • operating in isolation doesn’t scale.
    • coordination and collaboration are key. design for interoperability. remember the non-technical challenges.
    • join us (and the conversation.) teach, host, learn. http://software-carpentry.org http://wiki.mozilla.org/ScienceLab
    • questions? kaitlin@mozillafoundation.org @kaythaney ; @mozillascience