[open-science] Minutes from WG Meeting Mar 9 2011

Jenny Molloy jcmcoppice12 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 9 22:03:15 UTC 2011

Dear All

See below for a summary of key points from the WG meeting on Feb 16 2011,
followed by a list of interesting events that are coming up. If you’d like
more detailed updates on projects or to view the full minutes, visit the
meeting Etherpad at http://okfnpad.org/sciencewg-9Mar2011.
The next meeting will be Wednesday 13th April, 17:30 GMT. You can sign up
and add agenda items here http://okfnpad.org/sciencewg-13Apr2011.


LODD hack session (Mon 7th March):
This was very productive, with 12 datasets reviewed and three Is It Open
Data? requests drafted. Please see the notes here
http://okfnpad.org/sciencewg-loddhack-201103 and here
http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/open-science/2011-March/000663.html and sign
the Is It Open Data? request if you wish.

OKF Science home page:
Amrapali distributed some brilliant word cloud 'Wordle' images, one of which
will be replacing the picture on http://science.okfn.org/ very soon. We will
also be embedding a calendar listing meeting dates and open data in science
relevant talks and events. More details on contributing events to follow!

If you haven't done so already, please register on the OKFN Wordpress site
at http://okfn.org/register and join the Science group. Then, if you'd like
to be able to post stuff on http://science.okfn.org/, such as event
announces, blog posts on open data in science related issues or other
updates then email me to be added to the list of blog authors. It would be
brilliant to get some more content up that really reflects the great work
members of the group are doing and flags up things others might be
interested in.

Panton Principles:
Writing of the Panton Papers remains underway. There was a suggestion in the
12th Jan meeting of having a list of best practice case studies; people,
projects or papers which are putting the Panton Principles into action.
Please contribute to suggestions or compose a short paragraph on your
favourite example here:

Is It Open Data?: http://www.isitopendata.org/
Many requests have now been made, and it would be great to improve the site
and add extra features for users. If you have some Python. HTML, CSS or
similar coding skills, we need your assistance!
Please get in touch if you would be interested in helping out, there may be
a discussion happening on Friday about what could be improved.

Also, if you have made an enquiry, please make sure you revisit to flag up
it's status as resolved or not (or one of the other options available).


Ongoing discussion, FriendFeed
Open and Shut?: PLoS ONE, Open Access, and the Future of Scholarly
Publishing - Richard Poynder http://ff.im/zmptt

10-11 March, Washington DC - Scientific Knowledge Discovery in Open
Networked Environments
Free public symposium and concurent closed workshop
Both will be recorded and posted online.

12-13 March, Cambridge, UK - Scholarly HTML Hackfest (with free geek food)
Organised by working group member Peter Murray Rust
The goal? Running code ready for early adopter researchers, with an emphasis
on chemistry implementing and defining "Scholarly HTML". More details and
sign up link here http://www-pmr.ch.cam.ac.uk/wiki/Scholarly_HTML

14 April, Seattle, Washington - Law and the GeoWeb, 1 PM-5 PM. Free
Organised by working group member Puneet Kishor.
Join the live webcast (or, come in person). Check out the questions from the
attendees to the speakers at

19 April, Oxford, UK - The role of open access in maximizing the impact of
biomedical research, 12.30pm
SIR MARK WALPORT, Director of the Wellcome Trust. More info at
Appears to be limited to Oxford University members only but I'm attending
and will find out if it's being webcast.

30 Jun/1 Jul, Kalkscheune, Berlin - OKCon 2011
See the website at http://okcon.org/2011/ for more details and to register.
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