Category Archives: Policy

Open Science talk at the 2014 NIAID bioinformatics festival

Dan is giving a talk today at the 2014 NIAID bioinformatics festival.  The meeting is being live streamed from the NIH campus. If you’d like a preview, the slides are now available on slideshare.

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A Bechdel test for scientific workshops

After attending two recent scientific conferences, one which was gender balanced, and one which was so gender-imbalanced that it engendered snarky out-of-band twitter comments, it struck me that we might need a Bechdel Test for scientific workshops.  The Bechdel test … Continue reading

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OpenScience comes of age

In 1998, Open Science seemed like a pretty obvious projection of basic scientific principles into the digital age.  I didn’t think the ideas would meet much, if any, resistance from the scientific community.   And in October 1999, Brookhaven National … Continue reading

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Open Science Champions of Change

Congratulations to new White House “Champions of Change” for Open Science – all well-deserved!   It is fantastic to see Open Science getting public and welcome recognition from OSTP. A number of other great people from the Open Science movement will be at … Continue reading

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OpenScience poster

I’m giving a poster in a few days about openscience.org, and it has been a very long time since I’ve had to make a poster.  This one turned out quite text-heavy, but I wanted to make a few arguments that … Continue reading

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Not a kickstarter for science, a prize clearinghouse

Yesterday’s post on the reversible random number generators received some interesting reactions from my colleagues.  They were uniformly impressed with the solution to what everyone thought was a hard problem, but surprisingly, most of the scientists I talked to were … Continue reading

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Fantastic news on the Open Access front

The White House just posted a new policy memorandum in response to the Open Access petition:  Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research.   This is great news for Open Science!

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Why aren’t voting machines required to be Open Source?

If ever there was a need for the transparency that open source software brings it is in the realm of voting machine technology.    This story makes that point crystal clear.   There may or may not be shenanigans going on in … Continue reading

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On Reproducibility

I just got back from a fascinating one-day workshop on “Data and Code Sharing in Computational Sciences” that was organized by Victoria Stodden of the Yale Internet Society Project. The workshop had a wide-ranging collection of contributors including representatives of … Continue reading

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What, exactly, is Open Science?

I was recently asked to define what Open Science means. It would have been relatively easy to fall back on a litany of “Open Source, Open Data, Open Access, Open Notebook”, but these are just shorthand for four fundamental goals: … Continue reading

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