Going to #MozFest? Help Teach Open Science on the web

Open Science

Going to Mozfest? Excited to invite peeps to a Mozfest session on Teaching Open Science on the Web.

Saturday 25th 26th October 2013, 10 – 1pm, Ravensbourne, London, UK (nearest tube, North Greenwich)

Jump in and join @billymeinke (Creative Commons), @mlbrook (Open Knowledge Foundation) & @erinmaochu (Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow) to explore how open tools on the web can make science more open and accessible to everyone and build on each others’ research online. Participants will get to play with sample data sets, articles, and on-going citizen science experiments to communicate scientific findings more effectively and see the impact of scientific research online. Together we’ll build how-to guides for using web-based tools for Open Science which will be bundled inside a course in the School of Open.

This session is also part of Open Access Week where researchers are encouraged to open up their research to the public.

The Lowdown

Mozfest (‘Mozilla Festival” for newbies like me) is part of Mozilla’s efforts to keep the web as a resource open to everyone, by bringing together creative people dedicated to championing a user-built web to come together and share their skills. I’ve heard lots about Mozfest and am excited to be going along. For fellow newbies, this survivors’ guide comes highly recommended.

Science and the Web

This year’s open call for sessions, as @kaythaney (Mozilla Science Lab) pointed out, had an entire track dedicated to ‘Science and the Web’. A flurry of emails and several skypes later and a joint session between the three of us was born.

What is Open Science?

Check out Michael Nielsen’s Tedx talk on the subject, and to put it into context and what solving problems collectively can mean for science – accelerating scientific knowledge and discovery – but also some of the challenges.

I also love this video from PhD Comics on Open Access and why it matters that research publications are openly available…

Open Science Tools

We’ve picked a range of open tools to help folk to participate in science projects (crowdcrafting), communicate scientific findings (impactstory) and see the online impact of publications and datasets (figshare). Of course there are others, including those to crowdfund science online.

What do i need to know/ bring?

So what can you expect from our session and what might you need to bring along? Previous experience of the tools is not necessary but we do recommend you have a look at them and perhaps attend Daniel :Lombrana Gonzalez (@teleyinex) Crowdcrafting session at Mozfest on the same day.

Get started on:

If you’re a teacher or a scientist you might want to think about how you could use crowdcrafting to get your students involved in scientific research, and use figshare and impactstory to source relevant articles to support findings. Bring along some datasets and digital articles to get started. Bring your laptops of course too! If you don’t have access to any of those – don’t worry – we’ll find people who do!

For developers and creative designers get your hands on a dataset and have a go at visualising or sonifying (?!) the results. Or, get hands on with the tool apis to propose hacks or workarounds.

Come, ready to learn, share and teach! See you there.

Shout outs!

Thanks to @KayThaney and Iain Dodgeon (Wellcome Trust) for connecting us up & to the tool makers (@crowdcrafting @impactstory & @figshare) for giving us insights into their tools and what’s coming up next – e.g. new user interface for impact story.


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