Monday, February 25, 2019

Openness and Reproducibility in Science Workshop

Greetings from the Openness and Reproducibility in Science Workshop at the Australian National University in Canberra. Rosalind Attenborough (University of Edinburgh) talked on her PHD research on "Scientific openness: a new epistemic virtue?". The talk was a lot more accessible that the title of her research would indicate. She is interviewing researchers to get tier vies on what openness is, its perceived benefits and problems. 

Rosalind briefly mentioned open source software as a progenitor for open science. So I asked her why she did not look at the history of open source software. It seems to me that many of the issues with openness, particularly the reward structures for people working in it and resourced had already been solved by the software community. Open source software is now produced by everyone from individuals, to academics, government agencies, and multi-billion dollar corporations. We routinely teach computing students about the tools and techniques of open access, including how to make a career out of it.

9.00-9.30 Arrival, coffee
Session 1: Ideas of openness
9.30-9.40 Welcome and introduction Prof Joan Leach (ANU)
9.40-10.30 Talks: mapping the landscape of open science

A/Prof Sujatha Raman (ANU)
Ros Attenborough (Edinburgh)
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-12.30 Panel discussion: Why openness? What does it mean and what is it for? Prof Rachel Ankeny (Adelaide)
Prof Ginny Barbour (QUT, AOASG)
Dr Chris Cvitanovic (ANU)
Prof Kiaran Kirk (ANU) [TBC]
Prof Cameron Neylon (Curtin) [TBC]
Prof Adrian Mackenzie (ANU) [TBC]
12.30-13.30 Lunch
Session 2: Practices of openness
13.30-13.50 Talk: "What's So Open About Plant Pathology?"

A/Prof Adam Sparks (USQ)
13.50-14.40 Intro, followed by open discussion:
"What are preprints and how do they accelerate science communication?"
Dr Sarvenaz Sarabipour (Johns Hopkins) via Zoom
14.40-15.00 Talk: “Building a local community: R-Ladies in Canberra" Dr Alice Richardson (ANU, R-Ladies Canberra)
Dr Petra Kuhnert (Data61, CSIRO, R-Ladies Canberra)
15.00-15.30 Coffee break
15.30-15.50 Talk:
"How to facilitate a global open science early career research community with local impact"
Dr Benjamin Schwessinger, eLife ambassador program, reproducibility for everyone
15.50-16.10 Talk: “For reproducibility, we need the methods behind the data.” Dr Lenny Tetylman (CEO of via Zoom
16.10-16.20 Wrap-up
16.20-17.00 Poster session and socializing
(posters on different topics related to reproducibility and rigour)
Posters organised by Dr Diep Ganguly (post-doc, ANU)

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