[open-science] Open Data in Science suggestions for Science Online London

Jenny Molloy jenny.molloy at okfn.org
Tue Jul 19 08:56:00 UTC 2011

Dear All

Quite a few open-sciencers are heading to Science Online London (
http://www.scienceonlinelondon.org/) in September. Check out the participant
list on the Eventbrite page http://solo11.eventbrite.com/ and book one of
the few remaining tickets if you'd also like to come!

They are still accepting ideas for break out sessions - are there any ideas
we could put forward? You can check out the current suggestions here
http://scienceonlinelondon.wikidot.com/ (ones we shouldn't overlap with
pasted below signature!)

Any and all suggestions welcome, I'm hoping we can add something to their
wiki in the next couple of days as they are currently finalising the


Current suggestions in the area of open data in science are:

*3. Can we develop something like a schema.org in science to encourage data
sharing and reuse?*
Tomi Kauppinen <http://kauppinen.net/tomi> (University of Muenster, Germany)
— see LinkedScience.org <http://linkedscience.org/> and
— contact: tomi.kauppinen (at) uni-muenster.de
— twitter: @linkedscience <http://twitter.com/#%21/LinkedScience>
*15. Open Research Reports: a model for open access to key facts within
subscription journals.*
David Shotton (david.shotton at zoo.ox.ac.uk; @dshotton) and Tanya Gray,
Department of Zoology, University of Oxford.
People in developing countries often lack free access to academic journals,
limiting availability of biomedical information
2 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736%2811%2960067-6>). Our vision for
Open Research Reports on Tropical Infectious Diseases (e.g. *Open Research
Reports on Leptospirosis*, *Open Research Reports on Malaria*) is that these
instant journals will provide open access to the key facts within the most
cited papers on tropical infectious diseases. We will demonstrate a
prototype of Open Research Reports published using WordPress. Each Open
Research Report, structured according to MIIDI <http://www.miidi.org/>, our
Minimal Information standard for reporting an Infectious Disease
Investigation, will be created by a domain expert using the MIIDI Editor,
which accesses underlying ontologies such as
It will be a structured digital abstract summarizing the key facts and
conclusions contained within a single journal article, and will be published
both in human-readable form and as embedded RDFa. The Open Research Reports
concept and methodology is generic, and could be reapplied in other domains,
such as climate change. The role of Open Research Reports in education could
be massive: e.g. Open Readings in Leptospirosis, bundling Open Research
Reports with open access articles to develop free course packs for teaching
in developing countries.

*21. Research data? More than my job's worth…*
Jonathan Tedds, University of Leicester (jat26 at le.ac.uk, @jtedds)
Science online means research data online, and lots of it. Interlinked,
interweaving & interoperable ideally but more likely granular, opaque &
unattributed. The challenges around managing all this data are becoming
better recognised, witness the recently agreed Research Councils UK common
data priniciples <http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/research/Pages/DataPolicy.aspx>. But
as I argued in a recent Research Fortnight article (Feb
a key challenge is to identify who's responsible for managing all this data
and at which points during the research life cycle. Are traditional academic
structures up to the job?
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