The latest from the open science community
Last week we held our last community call of the year. Once again, we pushed the limits of conference call technology, maxing out the line and the etherpad. Thanks again to all who joined us in the discussion.
We’ll be unpacking the content from the calls into a series of blog posts this week, starting with something we at the Foundation call our “non-verbal updates”. This is a space on the Etherpad shared notepad where, separate from the call agenda, community members can write about ideas they’re chewing on, new projects, blog posts of interest to the community, or whatever else they care to share.
Here’s a look at what was shared on the last call. Many thanks to all who contributed!
- From Francois Grey and Darlene Cavalier: Following up on last month’s call re: badging for citizen science and creating an ID management system, we’ll be hosting a stakeholders’ workshop at the Citizen Cyberscience Summit February 20-22 in London.
- Citizen Science hackathon in Madrid, Spain with Francois Grey (Citizen Cyberscience Centre), Shannon Dosemagen (Public Labs), Fermín Serrano (Ibercivis Foundation) and Daniel Lombraña (Crowdcrafting) summary post
Announcements and Updates
- Software Carpentry week in review
- PyBossa has released the version v0.2.1 with API Limits and a load-balancing cache for citizen science projects.
Awards and Recognition
- Citizen science was ranked 76 in Discover Magazine’s top 100 science projects alongside Crowdcrafting, Public Labs, etc. (thanks to Darlene Cavalier)
Tools and Projects
- LinkItUp, new project on link discovery for research data
- An ethical business model for academic publishing aimed to promote participation and contrast speculation. Looking for partners/supporters, open to cooperation with similar or complementary projects.
- A framework for web-based visualization, sharing, and analysis of public scientific data.
- PLOS Labs launched a private beta of the “Open Evaluation” tool we’ve been working on for science evaluation. Details online. Much more soon; for now we’re just testing with PLOS One Academic Editors. Email us for invites if you want to test drive
- ActivePapers for reproducible research and/or publishing code
- Code metajournal — we review software, ensure the code can be run, that it does what it says on the tin, and that the licensing is compatible with an open model.
- A data / code / analysis sharing environment for health science / genomics at Sage Bionetworks. Some general data science features: tracking relationships among data, code, and figure versions through provenance, governance for human health and other sensitive data, links to publishers through DOIs.
Communities that could use your input
- Working toward Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experience (WSSSPE) community — this grew out of the WSSSPE1 workshop at SC13 a few weeks ago, and we’re trying to start things moving now, including writing up a report, thinking about how to get more people involved, and figuring out what the next in-person event will be — likely in August 2014
- For those interested in high-performance computing and the web, there is a W3C Community Group. Since it’s a community group, anyone can join.
Other links of interest
And stay tuned for more on our next community call on January 9, 2014. We hope you’ll join us.