A personal perspective on the Open Source, Open Science meeting (2015)

I'm returning from a small, excellent meeting on "Open Source, Open Science", held at the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, VA. We'll post a brief meeting report soon, but I wanted to share my particular highlights --

First, I got a chance to really dig into what the Center for Open Science is doing technically with the Open Science Framework. I still have to explore it a bit more myself, but the OSF has built some excellent infrastructure around collaborative workflows in scientific practice, and I'm tremendously impressed. Meeting Brian Nosek and Jeff Spies, and having the chance to speak at length with several members of the OSF team, was worth the trip all on its own. They were also wonderful hosts, and everything ran incredibly smoothly!

Second, I finally met a bunch of tweeps in person, including Kara Woo of NCEAS (@kara_woo), Erin McKiernan (@emckiernan13), Mark Hahnel of Figshare (@markhahnel), Jason Priem of ImpactStory (@jasonpriem), and probably others that I'm forgetting (sorry ;(. I spent a lot of time talking with Erin McKiernan in particular - we chatted at length about career challenges in open science and science more generally.

Third, the willingness and enthusiasm of funders (both federal and foundation) to engage with open science was palpable. We got some great advice on "thinking like funders" - it's all fine and well to say that open science is better, but it's important to make the case to people who are open-science naive and want to know exactly which of their priorities and interests are better enabled by open science practices.

Fourth, I was completely blown away by what Figshare is doing. Mark Hahnel gave a great 5 minute talk on how Figshare is growing into the data sharing space being created by funder mandates. Tremendously impressive.


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