Minutes from Working Group Meeting 11 May 2011

June 26, 2011 in Meetings

See below for a delayed summary of key points from the WG meeting on May 11 2011, followed by a list of interesting events that are coming up and some recent articles or publications featuring working group members. It you spot articles that could be included in the next round up, please add them to the next meeting Etherpad!

If you’d like more detailed updates on projects or to view the full minutes, visit the meeting Etherpad. The next meeting will be Wednesday 15th June, 17:30 GMT. You can sign up and add agenda items here.


1) Panton Principle Publicity:

Graham Steel has been liaising with BioMedCentral with regard to a web banner for the Panton Principles. Following a vote on a range of taglines, a unanimous verdict was returned in favour of “Open data means better science”. However, a special commendation to Puneet for /because you don’t want to be caught with your pantoff/. Maybe next time…

To illustrate what the Panton Principles would like to achieve it would be great to have some case studies on the website. Several ideas have been suggested at previous meetings, but please add your ideas to the relevant section of the next agenda and we will have a collaborative drafting session on Monday 20th June, ~1730 UTC (more details to follow)

Translations: Please see the current list at http://pantonprinciples.org/translations/ – if you could add a translation or think you know someone who could then please do get in touch!

2) SWAT4LS Workshop:

The working group will be organising a hackathon in conjunction with the SWAT4LS conference in late Nov/early Dec The focus will be mapping open malaria research, and an earlier session will be planned to set the foundations for participants to build on, so watch this space!

If anyone knows of an organisation that might sponsor an event such as this, please drop me an email!

3) Draft of step by step guide to data licensing for UK Data Archive

The UK Data Archive has just published the 3rd edition of its ‘Managing and Sharing Data – best practice for researchers’ guide. (link to PDF)

We have been given the opportunity to contribute to the next edition and give open data a more prominent place within the guide. If you would be keen to contribute to this then please email me on jenny.molloy@okfn.org. All drafts will be put to the working group for comment.

4) EC Commission Communication on Scientific Information in the Digital Age (30 May)

Both Cameron Neylon and Diane Cabell attended this hearing.

5) Royal Society Open Science Call for Evidence

In addition to a town hall meeting in London, a formal call has been issued for evidence for the Royal Society policy study Science as a public enterprise: opening up scientific information.

More details on how to contribute here.

The working group will a submission so If you’re interested in helping to formulate it then email me at jenny.molloy@okfn.org or come along to the next Skype meeting on 15th June 1730 UTC.


8 Jun, Southbank Centre London
Royal Society Townhall Meeting on Open Science
More details and registration instructions here.

14/15 Jun, Koblenz, Germany
altmetrics11: Tracking scholarly impact on the social Web

30 Jun/1 Jul, Kalkscheune, Berlin
OKCon 2011
See the website for more details and to register.


(either mentioning or written by working group members!):

6 May – BioMedCentral Research Awards Photos and Videos (Peter Murray-Rust and others involved in judging the Open Data Award) See Photos and blog post by the winner.

11 May – Beyond Impact Workshop (organised by Cameron Neylon) Extensive Etherpads and documentation.

11 May – Wired article on Free Science (Cameron Neylon, Peter Murray-Rust, Michael Nielsen)

19 May – Nature Correspondence article on data archiving (Heather Piwowar, Todd Vision)

22 May – Guardian article on Open Science (Cameron Neylon, Rufus Pollock)

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