[open-science] Some ideas what is missing in open science from OpenCon 2014

Jenny Molloy jcmcoppice12 at gmail.com
Sun Nov 23 12:28:00 UTC 2014

Hi Mitar

Fantastic! I absolutely agree on all of these points and would like to
invite you and others on the mailing list to help make them happen.

*Blog aggregation*
Svetlana also raised the point about the blog aggregator and we looked into
options, SubjectSeeker seemed favourable, but there was also a question
about whether we could enact the same functionality in WordPress as this is
already set up on Open Knowledge servers.

Status: Need a sandbox to play with the technology. Mike Chelen offered to
assist with this and I will put him and Svetlana in contact again - who
else would be interested in playing with solutions for an open science
Make yourself known on the forum:

I've been talking to James Baster at Open Tech Calendar, which seems to
have exactly the right functionality (community created content, anyone can
create and edit events, it can pull in from various sites, everything can
be output as open data). Now we *could* go right ahead and set this up for
open science, the open source code is here:
This would however involve having somewhere to host it and a maintainer as
sysadmin capacity at Open Knowledge is unfortunately finite! James offers a
hosted version, but we only have a £150 annual working group budget which
doesn't get us very far so basically we're looking for:
a) An organisation or group of individuals who have some server space and
sysadmin capacity to host and maintain this service.
b) An organisation or group of individuals who see it as a valuable service
for the community and would be willing to chip in on the hosted version.

There have been discussions about how it might integrate with an *Open
Knowledge Directory*, this project has had two hangouts to discuss so far
and will continue to meet and works towards a directory for people
interested in open knowledge (inc. open science) worldwide. You'd all be
welcome to join this discussion.
I think it is important as there are 700 of us here on the mailing list and
most of us have little idea who everyone is and what country they're in.

*Open Access/Science Census*
This was discussed at OKFest and a wiki page was created, but so far no one
has indicated an interest in taking this forward:
The Open Data Index is still ongoing this year, but once that has died down
I am happy to talk to the maintainers at Open Knowledge and look into
repurposing the system (which already has contributions, reviewing,
visualisations etc set up at http://global.census.okfn.org/).
You had some great questions already in your presentation.
OECD have been doing a survey of their member countries about OA and open
science policies and are likely to release this very soon (Giulia Ajmone
Marsan is the main contact). We could likely include this information as a
starting point.

Thanks so much for making all of these points at OpenCon and I hope from
now into the New Year we can really take some positive steps to filling
these gaps in the open access and open science community. This is not an
Open Knowledge organisation specific set of projects, we should be aiming
to bring everyone together and not fragment or duplicate effort so if you
manage an open science community and are already considering these tools or
already maintain a system that could scale then do please weigh in on the

Excited to see where we can take this - I'd love to see at a glance what
open science events are happening in South America next month and who is
blogging about reproducibility and open data this week. It's do-able now
but not in a way that is either simple or conducive to sharing and
community cohesion - we can definitely do better!


On Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 11:13 AM, Mitar <mmitar at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi!
> I presented few ideas what is missing in open science and open access
> community at OpenCon 2014:
> http://mitar.tnode.com/post/103272799066/presenting-some-ideas-of-what-is-missing-in-open
> Mitar
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