[open-science] Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) in London on 24th April 2010

Peter Murray-Rust pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Fri Apr 23 07:22:35 UTC 2010

I'm giving a talk on Open Knowledge and Science at OKCon tomorrow and
would like to highlight some of the very recent developments. However
I don't want to clash with others. I am particularly interested in
* The Open bibliography proposal ( which we submitted this week)
jointly from OKF and Dept of Chemistry.
* The Panton Principles (OKF)
* IsItOpen (OKF)

and an more general review of what we need to do to REALLY make
science Open. We saw last week from Stefano Costa (nice work, thanks)


that most of bioscience is NOT Open.

I sort of knew this already but not in detail. The main problems are:

* ignorance
* antiquity (the "rules" were often formulated 20 years ago)
* technical inertia (it's not totally trivial to relicence data)
* hidden agendas (we want to control this data)

So this my agenda:
* Science is not actually Open
* Most scientists do not understand the issues
* Many are well disposed to adopt Openness once it's been explained
(but some are deliberately not!)
* Open Access publishers are not generally aware of the issues; they
need guidance
* Some funders are aware; but all need guidance
* Closed access publishers will require a lot of engagement. A few are
sympathetic but have inertia; many are hostile and some are worse.
* Individuals can do a LOT!

If that overlaps badly with others please let me know.

FWIW I do NOT use Powerpoint
but tailor my presentation to the people at the meeting. See:

Really looking forward to it.


Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge

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