[open-science-ox] Oxford Open Science 2014 - Call for Session Ideas

Jenny Molloy jenny.molloy at okfn.org
Thu Jan 9 17:41:13 UTC 2014

Apologies, there was a truncated suggestion in my last message:

*Radical approaches to science*
Philanthropists have been funding researchers for centuries and a new breed
in internet entrepreneur funders are claiming that current approaches to
science funding are simply not delivering, A suggestion was made to invite
someone such as Peter Thiel (http://thielfoundation.org/) for a larger
event to discuss his approach to funding science, which includes funding
for independent researchers not attached to traditional institutions e.g.
those in the DIYBio movement as discussed in a session last year.

On Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 5:31 PM, Jenny Molloy <jenny.molloy at okfn.org> wrote:

> Dear All
> Happy New Year! Oxford Open Science will be starting back in February so I
> wanted to get your feedback on ideas for sessions. Those who attended the
> pub-meet in December came up with some great ones - comments and further
> suggestions are very welcome before we start drafting the programme and
> inviting speakers:
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *Open Data Day *
> Sat 22 Feb is Open Data Day <http://opendataday.org/>, the international
> open data hackathon so we will hopefully join other groups all over the
> world meeting up to open up data or do things with open data (or both!).
> This can be any data, but given our focus we'll be aiming for some science
> data hacks.
> More details to follow but feel free to suggest projects anytime.
> One project might be starting an entry for this<http://www.software.ac.uk/news/2014-01-09-bringing-public-data-life-competition-visualise-uk-publicly-funded-research>competition to visualise data on publicly funded research in the UK.
> *Certification for reproducible research*
> Simon Benjamin and Victoria Watson are working on developing a
> reproducibility standard to mark and promote papers where the author has
> provided enough information for the paper to be reproducible, starting with
> computational sciences. The idea was raised to run an evening on what
> reproducibility means and how it can be achieved - what standards should we
> be aiming for?
> *Software Carpentry *Software Carpentry<http://www.software.ac.uk/software-carpentry>teaches researchers how to write good code, this could involve us
> organising a full two day bootcamp or delivering similarly styled sessions
> over a series of evenings. It also has a focus on reproducibility and
> reusability.
> More generally, hands-on evenings for open science tools were suggested -
> let us know what you'd like to see covered!
> *Science Code Manifesto*
> Nick Barnes created the Science Code Manifesto<http://sciencecodemanifesto.org/>and a suggestion was made to invite him to discuss this with us and tell us
> how he arrived at this. Nick is a mathematician/computer scientist turned
> software engineer and not a climate scientist but developed an interest in
> climate modeling and felt that the lack of clarity in modeling software
> published by researchers was disrupting public debate about climate change.
> He now works with researchers, science communicators, open knowledge
> experts and more to push for clearer and open climate code on which to base
> public policy.
> *Radical approaches to science*
> Philanthropists have been funding researchers for centuries and a new
> breed in internet entrepreneur funders are claiming that
>  *Open Innovation*
> Unfortunately Chas Bountra need to cancel his talk last year on open
> innovation for drug discovery through the Structural Genomics Consortium so
> I can contact him to try and reschedule this.
>  *Wikimedia and Science*
> John is Wikimedian in Residence<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/NHMandSM>at the Natural History and Science Museum and works with them to release
> content relating to exhibitions and the use of Wikipedia for public
> understanding of science among many other topics.
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Those who attended the meeting, please let me know if I have forgotten
> anything and if any has comments or suggestions, do let me know by the *17
> January* at which point invitations will be sent out.
> Thanks very much and I look forward to seeing you all again this year for
> more open science activities.
> Jenny
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