Working Group Minutes 3 Aug 2011

August 14, 2011 in Meetings

See below for a summary of key points from the WG meeting on Aug 3 2011, followed by a list of interesting events that are coming up. 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 7 September, 17:30 GMT. You can sign up and add agenda items here.


  1. Royal Society Science as a Public Enterprise Submission

    Thank you to all those who joined in the Skype call on this and contributed to the notes and draft. You can view our submission here.

  2. Wikimedian in Residence on Open Science

    As detailed in a previous blog post, Daniel Meitchen is now the Wikimedian in Residence on Open Science. OKF Germany are the host and there is a lot of incentive for us to collaborate. You can read Daniel’s detailed rundown of the opportunities for the group to get involved and check out what has been achieved so far..

  3. Panton Principles Case Studies

    Three case studies have been drafted here on the Human Genome Project, Kepler Mission and 2011 BMC Open Data Award winners. Please take a look and improve them if you can, or add suggestions/drafts of more.

  4. Panton Papers

    There are still Panton Papers being drafted which you can contribute to or comment on, check out the links below for more!

    Data Sharing Requirements

    Text Mining

  5. Encouraging local open science groups and meet up

    A new local groups page has been added to Building local open science communities is a great way to meet people, generate ideas, organise workshops and get things done so do think about joining or starting one in your local area!

  6. Publishing Open Data Working Group

    Iain Hrynaszkiewicz from BioMedCentral reported on the outcomes of this BMC led workshop here and sent a call to the list for collaboration here. If you are interested in the approach to open data from the scientific publishers perspective then this should be of considerable interest.

  7. Biosharing

    Susanna Sansone recently introduced the initiative to the list. This community aims to create a catalogue of Biological data standards and is in collaboration with publishers such as BMC to include links to the site in their author instructions.

    Iain pointed out that BMC is waiving publication fees for exemplar data sets to encourage useful data sharing. BMC Research Notes has a data sharing article collection edited by Dr Bill Hooker, Dr Heather Piwowar and Dr David Shotton (who are all members or otherwise associated with the working group).

    More suggestions of standards for the catalogue and groups interested in publishing datasets in BMC Research Notes are encouraged.

  8. Open Science/Open Data at Science Conferences

    Iain Hrynaszkiewicz is keen to find out whether open science and open data in science are presented at conferences that are not specifically aimed at the open community. If you have seen it done, have entered a proposal or know of any others who have then do start a conversation on the list. It would be useful to compare experiences to find out how best to approach this and get more exposure for the ideas of open data/open science.


24-25 Aug 2011 DataCite 2011 Summer Meeting “Data and the Scholarly Record: the Changing Landscape” (Berkeley, USA)

2-3 Sep 2011 Science Online London (London, UK)

3-6 Sep 2011 ICSU WDS Conference “Global Data for Global Science”, – Kyoto, Japan

22-23 Oct 2011 Open Science Summit (Mountain View, CA, USA)

5-7 Dec 2011 7th International Digital Curation Conference (Bristol, UK)

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