Working Group Meeting – 25 Jan 2012

February 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

See below for a summary of key points from the WG meeting on 25 Jan 2012, 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 6 March, 17:30 GMT. You can sign up and add agenda items here.


  1. 2012 open science wish list – what can we achieve this year?

    We’ve come up with some concrete aims for the coming months so look out for dedicated writing sprints and planning meetings for these:

    • Open data in science slide deck for open data presentations
    • New local open science groups (I’m being held to my promise of 5 so PLEASE get in touch if you’re interested in starting an open science group locally!)
    • An open science workshop/conference. This will hopefully translate to a day workshop at #OKFest 2012 in Helsinki, along with a really strong science stream in the main programme.
    • Individuals in the group have their own wishlists for the year ahead, see Mat Todd’s ideas at Google+
  2. Panton Fellowships

    The call for applications is now out with a deadline of 24 Feb – please distribute far and wide!

    In summary Panton Fellowships provide funding for scientists who promote open data in science of £8000 for one year. Applicants are expected to continue work in their current academic positions and the posts are especially suited to PhD students and early career researchers.

    For more details see the Panton Principles website
  3. Update on local groups

    There are now several fledgling groups with mailing lists set up for Oxford, New York, Washington DC. The Stockholm Open Science group is doing well and founder Egon Willighagen plans to start another in his new home, Maastricht!

    In order to make it as easy as possible to set up a local group we will:

    • Post clear instructions on getting started on the WG website.
    • Have a form for those interested in setting a groups up (like the OKFN get involved form)
    • Post a testimony and progress report from Egon with some ideas for what share the groups could take and what activites they might like to organise.

    If anyone has any suggestions or questions, email or the open science mailing list.

  4. Citizen Cyberscience Summit Hackathon 16-18 Feb 2012

    OKFN are involved in two challenges for the CCS Hackathon based on pyBOSSA and DataHub/CKAN.
    You can get full details of the challenges here and while it is now too late to submit more, if you have a development challenge around open science or citizen science, feel free to propose it for the working group hack day in March (more details below!).
  5. Update on Open Access and OKF – New @ccess Group

    There is a new initiative under the OKFN umbrella focused on open access to scholarly publications. You are very welcome to join the mailing list and check out this blog post from Peter Murray Rust on the aims of the group. The group has a focus on developing practical tools and apps for discovery and use of open access material, particularly for those outside academia.
  6. Working group website redesign

    As you can see, we now have a shiny new site with a launch page. There will be content development over the next few weeks to make this a more useful resource for members of the public and the group. Do you have suggestions of content you would like to see? Send them through to the the open science mailing list!
  7. Plans for Open Research Reports in 2012

    Open Research Reports is a resource for access to disease information. We had a hackathon in conjunction with SWAT4LS in December where a good amount of work on infrastructure was completed.

    Many of the tools are now in place e.g. BibSoup (see beta launch and video explanation. There is a lot of scope for progressing with this project in the near future and we hope it will play an integral role in the March hackday (see below).
  8. Data Watch?

    Jonathan Eisen blogged about creating a website like Retraction Watch for data. It draws together similar ideas which have been discussed in the group before and could be used to highlight datasets that have been retracted, naming and shaming projects which refuse to share their data, or highlighting research such as the recent Wicherts et al PLoS ONE article showing that psychology papers with the weakest evidence and statistical reporting were least likely to share data.

    If this is a project you would be interested in getting involved with, email for more info.
  9. DDOI and Open Linguistics Code Registry

    The meeting also discussed the role of DOIs for data and possible alternatives (proposed by Nick Stenning), as well as generating a a code registry/repository in Open Linguistics (Richard Littauer), which the Open Linguistics group are already planning and would appreciate any input on their wiki. This aims to offer a central hub for accessing social science code related to linguistics and act as a forum for sharing of code and ideas.

    The main outcome of these discussions was that we should organise a hackday to start working on some of these development projects in a definitive manner.
  10. Open Science Hackday – 31 March 2012, London and virtually

    Come along and join us in person in the London Barbican foyer or virtually via Skype, IRC and Etherpad!

    There are several tasks which don’t require the ability to programme so don’t be put off if you’re not a coder, we’d still love to have you along! All that’s required is enthusiasm and interest.

    Date: Saturday 31 March 2012

    Time: 10am to 6pm (and later for those who want to carry on)

    Location: Barbican Foyer and online

    Sign up for numbers here:

    Possible ideas we could work on are below, although feel free to add some to the pad linked above or bring your own on the day and we’ll pick a few to focus on:

    • Open Research Reports (continuation of work from SWAT4LS hackathon).
    • Generating a Data Watch website.
    • Pulling data from citizen cyberscience projects straight into CKAN.


16-18 Feb – Citizen Cyberscience Summit, London

3 Mar – Energy and Climate Hackday, London

31 Mar – Open Science Hackday, London

18-22 Sep – OKFest, Helsinki

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