[open-science] Seeking Opportunities Within Open Science

Peter Murray-Rust pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Thu Sep 25 06:42:03 UTC 2014

Great offer, and I am sure you will get many offers.

A lot of modern science is (or should be) knowledge-driven - much of the
work that is currently done is wasted through bad or zero publication. So
there is much scope for repurposing and re-using the current literature.
Bench science is harder - yes there is some bioscience that can be done in
a garage but for much of it we have to have academic labs.

Many/most academic scientists are very bad at data. They need help; Some
would welcome additional help. I can envisage a "market" where data
scientists "outside" academia work with bench scientists "inside" academia.

It will be very difficult to get this started, because of culture.
Academics are now forced to compete against everyone instead of
collaborate. Citizens are seen as second-class. This is simplistic, but
it's a common view.

I think Open Notebook Science has great potential. Here's a talk I gave in
Brasil at their wonderful Open Science meeting:

On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 1:28 AM, Svetlana Belkin <belkinsa at ubuntu.com>

> All,
> As some of you already know (at least from the Mozilla Science Lab
> mailing-list) that I'm seeking any (job and volunteer) opportunities
> that deal with building communities around Open Science without working
> on coding projects or studying the various tools that Open Science is
> offering.
> Building community is what I want to mainly focus on since I am keen on
> communities, mainly Online Open Source based communities.  Most of my
> work is volunteer work in the Ubuntu community and my "resume"/"CV" is
> here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/belkinsa I also have this blog post that
> have some other skills: http://ubuntusense.com/2014/04/24/my-dream-job/
> I want to move on from the Ubuntu community and help build a Open
> Science community because I'm a bench biologist and I want to tie in my
> hobby of Open Source with my profession.  I am working on learning
> Python along with data science in case I need those skills.
> The latter, studying Open Science methodologies, is my backup plan. I
> had one pointer from skay from the Science Lab but I have lost that
> link.  I'm mainly looking for groups that are looking for a bench
> scientist that can help with the experiments along with testing out the
> tools.
> I'm looking forward for your replies and I'm okay with off-list replies
> also, just don't forget to mark them off-list!
> Thank you.
> P.S. This e-mail can be forwarded to other Open Science mailing-lists
> and any of these three mailing-lists that I'm writing to can be CC'd also.
> --
> Svetlana Belkin
> A.K.A: belkinsa
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Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
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