Open science

Added by Branwen Hide on 02 September 2008 14:44

Yesterday was the first, but probably not last, Southampton Open science workshop organised and run by Cameron Neylon (School of Chemistry University of Southampton) which brought together people for a variety of backgrounds who have an interested in open science.

According to Wikipedia the central theme of open science/ research is to make clear accounts of the methodology, data and results, freely available via the internet. As a result the primary research data which is posted can be added to/interpreted by anybody who has the necessary expertise, thus the ‘end product’ of the project arises from many contributions rather than the effort of one group.
The workshop started by discussing some very interesting new web 2.0 tools which have been designed to help researchers in various aspects of the scientific processes, followed by an equally interesting afternoon. The discussion revolved around where to go next and discussed some of the problems and issues that need to be addresses before open access research becomes widely accepted. The discussion supported the recommendations made in our To share or not to share: Publication and quality assurance of research data outputs .
 Here is a list of some of the projects that were discussed: 

  • Myexperiment  is more than just a social networking site, it is platform which enables researchers  to share digital items associated with research
  • Chemtools LaBlog is an electronic lab notebook, designed to give you a complete and reproducible record of the research undertaken for the researcher and the research team.
  • Inkspot science, which is being set up to enable collaboration between scientists anywhere
  • Open notebook science which uses a number of different existing sites under one umbrella to put all the collected/relevant data online
  • Mendeley which is about managing sharing and discovering research papers. Sort of like, but will be so much more. It is still in the beta stages, but one will be able to ?cite-while-you-write? similar to EndNote, there will be recommendations such as one has on Amazon, and eventually you will be able to search databases directly through the programme.
  • Journal of visualised experiments . Thought it wasn?t discussed specifically, it was brought up a few times and is definitely worth a mention. It is a peer reviewed, open access, online journal devoted to the publication of biological research in a video format.

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