[open-science] Royal Soc meeting on Open Science

Peter Murray-Rust pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Fri May 13 13:18:34 UTC 2011

I shall go to this... they invite submissions and I think the OKF should
definitely put one in.


Town Hall meeting on Open Science at Southbank Centre

   - *Starts: *2.00pm on 08 June 2011
   - *Finishes: *4.30pm on 08 June 2011
   - *Venue: *Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall

Town Hall meeting on Open Science

Science thrives on the free and open exchange of ideas and data. But as the
web opens up access to information, scientists are now having to catch up
with rising expectations of transparency.

Scientists face demands for improved access to scientific information both
from their colleagues and from the public. They can no longer assume that
the way that they work is uninteresting to scientists in other disciplines,
bloggers or the general public. But how far should the principle of openness
extend? Could it extend to data held by private companies? Should data from
patient records be accessible? Is openness necessarily in the public
interest, especially when commercial and private individual interests are in

The Royal Society invites people to Southbank Centre for a free discussion
to feed into its major new policy study on the opportunities and
uncertainties of open science: Science as a public enterprise: opening up
scientific information <http://royalsociety.org/policy/sape>.

Speakers include Sir Paul Nurse PRS, Geoffrey Boulton FRS, Sir Mark Walport
and  Philip Campbell.

Tickets are free and available by emailing
sape at royalsociety.org<science.policy at royalsociety.org>

The Society has launched a call for evidence associated with this study and
we are seeking input from academia, business, industry, Government, interest
groups and members of the public to inform this important project. We
welcome submissions as soon as possible, and before the 5 August 2011.
Information on how to make a submission is available

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