Category Archives: Conferences

Planning for #scio13 – The impact of electronic/open notebooks on science #opennotebookscience

I’m starting this thread for anyone to comment on to drop some ideas about what we should all talk about when it comes to electronic and open notebook science. I have some goals for the session that I’ll jot down below, and I hope you all share what you’re goals for the session are. If you can come to ScienceOnline 2013 I hope you’ll come talk with us, and if not then I hope you’ll join the conversation on twitter. Either way, share your thoughts on the future of ONS below!

The impact of electronic and open notebooks on science: session at #SciO13.

It looks like I’ll be co-moderating a sequel to my Scio12 presentation on Open Notebook Science. This year I’ll be joined by Kristin Briney who is a Chemist by training and has become fascinated with electronic notebooks and the technical aspects of such and is now an Informational Librarian (I met so many of those in the past year, they’ve become my favorite people!). She also makes beautiful things!

We’ll be leading a discussion on electronic and open notebooks. We’ll start with the basics of electronic/open notebook platforms and delve into the more philosophical questions I’ve been asking for the past few months. Hopefully we’ll have time to hear about the Physics Lab I taught, which was an experiment in an open notebook community, and about the IGERT grant I co-wrote to train future open notebook scientists (and progress of the grant up to that point). And I’m sure Kristin has been/will be up to some amazing things by then too.

Here is a description of the session:

Publication hasn’t changed much in the last few centuries. In fact the biggest change is publishers switching to an open access model in the last 10 years! As science becomes more electronic, access to that information should be more attainable, but with the current state of publishing that information is locked down. Electronic, online, and open laboratory notebooks could be the key that pushes science to adopt a more open model of publication. By sharing experimental details in real-time the scientific process can be enhanced greatly by allowing access to raw data, detailed methods, and even experiment planning. We discuss the technical and philosophical merits of maintaining electronic/open notebooks. On the technical side we will discuss available tools and current best practices and confront issues of data management and long term archiving. Philosophically we debate the role that open notebooks may play in converting traditional scientists to adopting open access models, and the potential broader impacts they may have on the public perception of science. We hope to leave with better ideas of how to face challenges that electronic/open notebook scientists may face technologically, culturally, and professionally.

Leading up to the conference we’ll be asking a bunch of questions to get the conversation started online. Here are some things we have in mind:

  • How can we convince scientists to make the transition to open/electronic lab notebooks?
  • What are the best platforms for electronic and online lab notebooks?
  • What are the long term implications of keeping an open/electronic notebook?
  • What are the responsibilities of keeping an open notebook?
  • How do scientists deal with terms of service/ownership of research notes when sharing online or storing them in the cloud?
  • How do researchers manage their first electronic notebooks to ensure information retention as lab notebooks evolve?
  • Why are scientists so slow to embrace the open model?
  • Should scientists consider notebooks as a source of outreach?
  • Can open notebooks become an alternative source of publication?
  • Should electronic notebooks be treated the same way as the shared data which they contain?
  • Would a network of open/electronic notebooks provide better access to information, ease issues with storage/archiving, and create a greater sense of (open) community?

Feel free to get the conversation started here in the comments or any other post I write under the Scio13 category (accessible via the sidebar to the right). I hope to see a lot of you at Scio13 and in our session. We have a lot to talk about!

Open Notebook Science Presentation 2: UNM Biomedical Symposium

Back in April I presented “Open Notebook Science: Research in Real-Time” at the New Mexico Graduate and Professional Student Conference. Well as part of my plan to take over the world open notebook science to the next level I’m presenting a poster on ONS at SACNAS and in preparation for that I’ve amended my NMGPSC presentation to present at the UNM Biomedical Research Symposium tomorrow (Friday August 10, 2012). Check it out:

Presentation for “Science at Risk” meeting

Create your own mind maps at MindMeister

I’m supposed to present for 20 minutes about ONS and its various intricacies. I’ve made this mindmap that I will present from. It encompasses way more than I can show in 20 minutes but I wanted it to be thorough enough that the people at the meeting can come back to it whenever they want.

The section on various open notebooks is excellent. It has inspired me to collect all the open notebooks on the web and categorize them in exactly this fashion, and it would be a singular place on the web where all notebooks would be accessible. I’ll make the mindmap open to edits so that others can just come in and add their notebook to the list.

The Library of Congress: Science at Risk meeting

Back at the end of March, I was invited to a special meeting hosted by the Library of Congress. The meeting is entitled “Science at Risk: Toward a National Strategy for Preserving Online Science.” The meeting commences next week on June 26 and 27, and I am excited!

There are little details that I know about the event, but here is some info that I was forwarded:

Scholarly discourse, including interaction between scientists and the public, is rapidly changing and the ephemeral nature of this discussion on the web leaves it at substantial risk of being lost. Science blogs, the work of citizen scientists, and novel online publications like video journals are becoming the primary sources for understanding science in our times. These resources are almost exclusively online and increasingly at risk. The goal of this meeting is to begin identifying content that is valuable and at risk and to articulate next steps to ensure that this content is not lost.

In the face of this challenge, the Library of Congress, with generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, wishes to join with other organizations to develop a national strategy for collecting and preserving science and science discourse which exists only in digital form on the open web.  The Library would welcome your participation in the invitation-only workshop “Science at Risk: Toward a National Strategy for Preserving Online Science” to be held over one and a half days on June 26-27, 2012.  The event will bring together scientists and representatives from online science projects, archivists, and the historians and other scholars who will increasingly depend upon the historical record.

From what I’ve seen the guest list is full of impressive people, and for me to be included among them is a huge honor.

I’m going to be speaking on behalf of open notebook science and scientists. I’ll present various open notebooks, including my own, and current methods for successful and useful open notebook science. As the week goes on I’ll have more details about this and I’ll be notebooking my preparations. Next week I’ll do my best to document the meeting.

If you are an open notebook scientist and would like your notebook mentioned/featured then feel free to contact me on twitter (@thescienceofant), email (anthonysalvagnoatgmaildotcom), in the comments below, regular mail, on facebook, or smoke signals (but please be in the ABQ area otherwise I may not see it).


A huge thank you to everyone!

Back in February I wrote a grant application through UNM to reimburse money for travel to ScienceOnline 2012. I then wrote a blog post asking for people on the internet to review my grant and provide feedback so I can be assured success. The result was overwhelming as I instantly had many people leaving comments on my grant with really useful feedback.

Today I received word that I won the grant money!

I wish to thank each and everyone who read my grant, reviewed it, read my blog/notebook, retweeted my plea for help, and/or wrote comments. I really appreciate the help you provided and I hope I can count on you all again when I go public with my #SciFund Challenge proposal.

As an added bonus I learned that I scored a 92.544 out of 100 on my grant which just shows that collective knowledge works for the better!

Going to ScienceOnline 2012 was such a unique opportunity and I cherished it regardless of paying for the unconference out of pocket or with grant money. I met so many people who I now regularly communicate with and work with/hope to work with in the near future. I am truly humbled by the experience of ScienceOnline 2012, the efforts to aid me in my research, and the effort to help me secure funding for the unconference.

After all, if it wasn’t for this huge success, I would not have written this post, which I consider my biggest success in blogging.

Again I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!!!

Send me to #scio12 Part 2

Thanks to everyone who read my grant and provided feedback or one or the other! I really appreciate it. I’ve made a bunch of edits based on all the feedback I received. The grant is due tomorrow and I want to send it through one last round of scrutiny before it gets submitted. So click the link:

ScienceOnline Travel Grant

And if you don’t want to click then check out the original post here (which has the document embedded in it).