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Open Research London – event on 3 Oct 2018

- August 22, 2018 in Event, Local Groups

The next Open Research London event will be on Wednesday 3 October 2018 at the Francis Crick Institute, starting at 6pm.

Three speakers will talk about open science, in particular the relationship between open science and commercial activity:

  • Jenny Molloy (Shuttleworth Foundation Research Fellow, University of Cambridge)
    • Open science and the future bioeconomy
  • Wen Hwa Lee (Chief Scientific Officer at Action Against AMD & Programme Director Oxford Martin School)
    • Open Science – how extreme can it be?
  • Tim Britton (Managing Director, Open Research Group at Springer Nature)
    • Conflict, what conflict? Where open science meets commercial interests

Eventbrite registration page and further details of talks will be available soon.

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The evening will be chaired by Veronique Birault, Director of Translation at the Francis Crick Institute.

Jenny Molloy (Shuttleworth Foundation Research Fellow, University of Cambridge)

  • Open science and the future bioeconomy
    The question of how society deals with intellectual property (IP) and structures scientific institutions and communities to manage and disseminate knowledge is critically important to our future. Open science covers a broad set of practices and ways of working that aim to increase that dissemination of knowledge and which have largely focused on digital research outputs such as papers and datasets. In biotechnology, there are on-going experiments with technologies and even downstream products where open approaches to intellectual property are strategically applied to increase economic or social impact, reduce transaction costs and accelerate innovation. This talk will highlight efforts that aim to de-risk drug discovery, accelerate transitions to renewable technologies and increase equity for those in resource-poor contexts. I will describe the insights these examples might give us into the legal, economic and governance issues surrounding open technologies and their potential for building a sustainable and equitable bioeconomy, where biological knowledge is applied to innovating or improving on production of food, medicines, materials and more.
  • Dr Jenny Molloy is a Shuttleworth Foundation Research Fellow in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, studying the role and impact of open approaches to intellectual property for a sustainable and equitable bioeconomy. Dr. Molloy’s work focuses on better understanding problems facing researchers accessing biological research tools in low-resource contexts, particularly Latin America and Africa. She is analysing existing innovative solutions and the potential for local, distributed manufacturing of enzymes to improve access and build capacity for biological research. The broader aim of her research is to contextualise “open source” approaches to biotechnology within current narratives of innovation and the bioeconomy policy agenda. In addition to her role in the University, she is a founding Director of two non-profit organisations ContentMine (producing open source software for text mining scientific papers) and Biomakespace (a community laboratory for engineering with biology) and she co-organises the international Gathering for Open Science Hardware.

Wen Hwa Lee (Chief Scientific Officer at Action Against AMD & Programme Director Oxford Martin School)

  • Open Science – how extreme can it be?
    As Open Science gains traction, different segments of the biomedical research community have been trying to capture what it really is and how to better structure it to increase efficiency. As such, many of so called ‘open’ initiatives are simply rebranding of existing, rather closed implementations, which undermines the perception and ultimately the potential of truly Open initiatives. We will be examining the efforts of the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), which has been operating an ever-increasing open model and its impact in the way Open Science is practiced in drug discovery – delicately balancing changes instatus quo and the fleeting definition of acceptable/ implementable open science.
  • Lee is a molecular and structural biologist with a wide international network in drug discovery, including charities, academia, industry and government agencies. He’s been a practitioner and champion of Open Science since 2004 joining the first cohort of researchers hired by the SGC Oxford. Lee designed and led several SGC strategies and served as its Director for the Disease Foundations programme, until June 2018 when he joined Action Against Age-related Macular Degeneration as its inaugural Chief Scientific Officer.

Tim Britton (Managing Director, Open Research Group at Springer Nature)

  • Conflict, what conflict? Where open science meets commercial interests
    It is often assumed that there is an automatic tension between being ‘open’ and being ‘commercial’. In publishing terms this can be stated as a perceived incompatibility between open access and subscription business models. Further, there is a move, particularly in Europe, to demand full open access for all work with senior EU officials and advisors calling for full open access to publically funded research and targeting hybrid journals as a barrier to openness. This leads to breathless talk of ‘considerable tensions’ between universities, funders and publishers: a model in crisis with commercial parties and advocates for openness purportedly in conflict. Really?Tim Britton will address this question, demonstrate how the commercial and open agenda can align; how hybrid can and should be seen as an important part of the open agenda and how the true open revolution is yet to come.
  • Tim is responsible for the open research portfolio across Springer Nature which includes BioMed Central, SpringerOpen, the open access journals from Nature Research; open access monographs from Springer and Palgrave Macmillan and open data. He was previously head of strategy and transformation for PwC’s global data research and insight centre, r2i, and before that spent eight years as UK CEO and European Chief Operating Officer of YouGov.

Open Research London news

- October 31, 2017 in Event, Local Groups, OKFN Open Science

The next Open Research London event will be on Monday 27 Nov 2017 at the Francis Crick Institute, starting at 6pm.

Four speakers will address issues around research data:

Eventbrite registration page

Ardan Patwardhan

EMDB, EMPIAR and the plans for an EMBL-EBI Bioimaging archive

The Electron Microscopy Data Bank (EMDB) is a global openly-accessible archive of biomolecular and cellular 3D reconstructions derived from electron microscopy (EM) data. The Electron Microscopy Public Image Archive (EMPIAR) stores raw image data relating to EMDB structures and is now expanding to include scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and soft X-ray tomography data. EMBL-EBI is considering establishing a global multi-modal bioimaging archive to enable the resume of data from this rapidly growing field. I will present an overview of the status of the archives and plans for future developments.

Aadi Narayana Varma

Using technology to break cultural silos: towards open data/open science

Profeza is a start-up building Open Source and Open workflow software solutions to enhance Discoverability, Reusability and Reproducibility of the scholarly outputs. It was co-founded by two ex- Life Science researchers from India(Aadi Narayana Varma Dantuluri and Sheevendra Sharma). The Software suite aims to keep the process of enhancing reproducibility and reusability of data and published articles continuous in contrast to one-time event & simultaneously rewarding the researchers. They do this by providing better insights, Automating the process of Educating/training needed and provide an Infrastructure that aims to contribute towards the improvement of the quality of published article/data without affecting varied priorities of different stakeholders in the scholarly community. Their software tools are Open source, Inter-operable and comes without Vendor lock-ins. They are currently looking for pilot partners to potentially evaluate the usability of the solutions they have built with different stakeholders in the scholarly community.

Mark Hahnel

The State of Open Data

Open data has become more embedded in the research community – 82% of respondents to a recent survey are aware of open data sets and more researchers are curating their data for sharing. The global commonalities in incentivisation and awareness of open academic research data go to show the increasing momentum around open research becoming the standard. A recent report from Figshare shows a tangible shift in researchers’ attitudes and data sharing practices in just a single year, and gives a sense that momentum is building. The report also highlights the need for funders and institutions to keep educating their academics about data.

Bio: Mark Hahnel is the founder of figshare, an open data tool that allows researchers to publish all of their data in a citable, searchable, and sharable manner. Mark is passionate about open science and the potential it has to revolutionize the research community.

Kirstie Whitaker

Barriers to reproducible research (and how to overcome them)

This talk will discuss the perceived and actual barriers experienced by researchers attempting to do reproducible research in neuroscience, and give practical guidance on how they can be overcome. It will include suggestions on how to make your code and data available and usable for others (including a strong suggestion to document both clearly so you don’t have to reply to lots of email questions from future users). It will include a brief guide to version control, collaboration and dissemination using GitHub as well as a discussion of tools to help you work reproducibly from the start. Exercises and resources will be persistently available after the talk and all audience members will leave knowing there is something they can do to step towards making their research reproducible.

Bio: Kirstie Whitaker is a Research Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute (London, UK). She completed her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012 and holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Medical Physics from the University of British Columbia. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge from 2012 to 2017. Dr Whitaker uses magnetic resonance imaging to study child and adolescent brain development and is a passionate advocate for reproducible neuroscience. She is a Fulbright scholarship alumna and 2016/17 Mozilla Fellow for Science. Kirstie was named, with her collaborator Petra Vertes, as a 2016 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy magazine.

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Next Open Science MeetUp ‚Open Science for a Better Collaboration‘

- October 5, 2015 in Event, Featured, Planet

We decided to organise our next Open Science Meetup in the context of the upcoming Open Access Week 2015. We are proud to announce our special guest, who will join us in our MeetUp: Puneet Kishor (Creative Commons) will give a short talk and give us the opportunity to exchange with him about Open Science and Citizen Science.

We plan to have a rather informal community meeting with additional lightning talks on current activities, projects and events by the Open Science working group as well as other interested people from the Austrian Open Science Community. We kindly invite you to submit your idea for a lightning talk or any other contribution. The more the merrier! :) If you are interested in giving your contribution to the meeting, please contact us.

At the end of the meeting you will have the opportunity to network and exchange with the community. We are looking forward to the MeetUp and to a large group of attendees!

The meeting will take place on Monday, 19.10.2015 from 18:00 CET at Raum D, Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, Vienna. See you there!

We also have a MeetUp page, and it would be nice if you register there.

Save the Date: WissKomm Hackathon 21. November, TU Wien

- September 28, 2015 in Event, Featured, Open Design, Planet

Unter dem Motto Wissenschaft neu kommunizieren kommen SchülerInnen und junge Studierende aus unterschiedlichen Fachrichtungen für einen Tag zusammen und entwickeln neue, offene Möglichkeiten, um Wissenschaft zu präsentieren.

>> Wann: Samstag, 21. November 2015 von 9 – 20 Uhr

>> Wo: TU Wien, Festsaal und Boecklsaal

>> Wer: Mitmachen können SchülerInnen ab 17 Jahren und Studierende, die sich für Wissenschaft, Kommunikation und Medien interessieren.

>> Wie: Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos, für Essen und Getränke wird gesorgt (ausreichend Mate!)

>> Mehr Infos auf

Das Projekt ist eine Kooperation des des Bundesministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft (BMWFW) mit der HCI Group des Instituts für Gestaltungs- und Wirkungsforschung – die Open Knowledge ist als Kooperationspartnerin dabei und unterstützt die Veranstaltung mit (wo)man power in der Organisation und Kommunikation.

>> MentorInnen gesucht!

Wir suchen noch ExpertInnen aus den Bereichen Informatik, Medien, Design und Kommunikation, die den TeilnehmerInnen zur Seite stehen und beim Entwerfen und Umsetzen von Konzepten zur Wissenschaftskommunikation helfen, gegen Speis, Trank und ein kleines Honorar.

Wer sich dafür interessiert, schickt gern ein unverbindliches Email an sonja.fischbauer (et) für mehr Infos.

Wir freuen uns schon auf euch!


photo credit: andy prokh

Open Science Meetup: Content Mining w/ Peter Murray-Rust

- May 18, 2014 in Event, Featured, Planet

Content Mine
How to extract information out of scientific publications? Together we will dig a little bit deeper into this hot topic on June 5th, with Open Science pioneer Peter Murray-Rust as special guest.

Content mining is highly topical, in research as much as in business. So we are very happy to have Peter Murray-Rust, actual Shuttleworth Fellow and Co-Founder of the Open Science Working Group of the Open Knowledge Foundation, as guest for our sixth Open Science Working Group MeetUp of the Open Knowledge Foundation Austria. He will talk about his recent activites around contentmine, a project which tries to use machines to liberate 100,000,000 facts from the scientific literature.

Peter Murray-Rust

In addition, there will be several talks about austrian projects that use or research in the field of content mining. Andreas Langegger tells about how to extract geographic information out of documents, Roman Kern shows recent research on information extraction from PDF’s and Marion Breitschopf presents how this techniques helped to provide information about political processes in Austria.

Event Details

When: 5. June 2014, Begins 18:30h
Where: metalab Vienna, Rathausstraße 6, 1010 Wien (Google Maps)
Registration: Please register for the event at MeetUp.

The talks and discussions will be held in english.


18:30 Coffee and Drinks
get drinks
19:00 Welcome
19:10 Results Open Science / Content Mining Hackathon
19:20 Peter Murray-Rust, OKFN & Shuttleworth Fellow:
Content Mining and scientific publications
+10min Discussion
19:50 Andreas Langegger, Zoomsquare:
“Semantically analysing real estate ads on the Web”
+10min Discussion
20:20 Roman Kern, KNOW Center:
Current research about information extraction of PDF files.
+10min Discussion
20:50 Marion Breitschopf,
Tells about, a transparency platform about austrian politicians, where most information ist extracted from PDFs or websitecontent.
+10min Discussion
21:20 Open End

Before the meetup is an Open Science / Content Mining Hackathon and on tuesday Peter Murray-Rust is invited for an lecture about Open Science at the FWF.