Tagged: open science

Open by design, not default. - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 14, 2019

I’m currently taking part in the Culture Track of the Mozilla Open Leaders programme, 14 weeks of mentoring and training by the Mozilla Foundation. I’m hoping to learn how to build an open culture for my lab and other projects I’m involved in. I’ve been interested in the concept of open science/research for a while now. If you … Read More

The Open Source Period project: my open leadership journey begins! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 08, 2019

If you’ve not heard of Mozilla, you’ve likely heard of their web browser Firefox. The Mozilla Foundation is a global non-profit that wants to shape the future of the web for the public good. So, what’s Mozilla got to do with the Open Source Period project? For the last seven years, the Mozilla Foundation has run a programme … Read More

Open Source Period - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 07, 2019

For nearly a year, I’ve been raving about menstrual cups to anyone who would listen, trying to explain how they could disrupt the way many of us do scientific research. Sounds unlikely? Then read on! I had the idea for the Open Source Period project when a story about menstrual cups hit the news in April 2018. To cut a … Read More

It’s time for academics to stand up against bad science - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 12, 2018

Shocking revelations around a clinical trial of a new tuberculosis vaccine are just the tip of the iceberg. Maintaining public trust in science depends on open science. Ten years ago, Dr Ben Goldacre published Bad Science, a book described by The Economist as “a fine lesson in how to skewer the enemies of reason … Read More

How open science helped uncover a public health crisis in Flint, Michigan - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 01, 2016

William Rhoads, Virginia Tech; Rebekah Martin, Virginia Tech, and Siddhartha Roy, Virginia Tech Our team of more than two dozen students and research scientists at Virginia Tech has spent much of the past year analyzing and publicizing unsafe drinking water in Flint, Michigan. Our “open science” research collaboration with Flint residents revealed high … Read More

Predatoromics of science communication - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 04, 2013

The week ends with a series of articles in Science that make you roll your eyes. These articles explore different aspects of the landscape of science communication exposing how broken the system can be at times. The increased pressure to publish scientific results to satisfy some assessors’ need to count beans has not come without […] … Read More

ASAP Awards Finalists announced - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 02, 2013

(Cross-posted from Mind the Brain) Earlier this year, nominations opened for the Accelerating Science Awards Program (ASAP). Backed by major sponsors like Google, PLOS and the Wellcome Trust, and a number of other organisations, this award seeks to “build awareness and encourage the use of scientific research — published through Open Access — in transformative […] … Read More

Our experiment in open science begins! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 24, 2013

In early 2012 I came across the SciFund Challenge started by two ecologists from the US National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in California, Dr. Jai Ranganathan and Dr. Jarrett Byrnes. With a passion for communicating science to the public, and spurred on by budget cuts, Jai and Jarrett … Read More

The Great NZ Science Fair! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jun 05, 2013

At the amazing Kiwifoo earlier this year, Richard Easther floated the idea of doing something to celebrate the great science that is going on in New Zealand. Roll on a few months and Shaun Hendy asks us if we would like to help organise next year’s New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) … Read More