[OH Updates] Invitation to Open Science Summit 2011
rikke.c.rasmussen at gmail.com
Thu Sep 22 13:17:00 PDT 2011
OPEN SCIENCE SUMMIT 2011: OPENING THE DOOR TO INNOVATION.
Historic Open Science Alliance to Launch at Summit, Oct 22-23 at Computer
History Museum MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA August 23, 2011
Early registration special ends 23rd September 2011 at 8:00pm PDT. Student
discounts and scholarships are available at
On October 22-23, an expected 450 people will gather at Mountain View’s
Computer History Museum, launching an initiative to make science
more efﬁcient, collaborative and productive.
Whether by sharing research data, publishing work to be freely accessible,
providing community access to lab space or collaborating across industry,
academia & society, people across the world are improving science by opening
up. Given the magnitude of our world’s unmet challenges, founder Joseph
Jackson says “we must grasp this opportunity to embrace open science.”
The advent of social networking among scientists, increased public scrutiny
and a revolution in computing speed have all had a hand in creating this
“Open science represents a different kind of science. With the advent of
massive computational power, there is a new way to do science and that often
goes hand and hand with openness - and if you go with the traditional model,
- Tomas Goetz, Wired.
The Open Science Summit is the ﬁrst event of its kind, uniting open science
advocates of all disciplines: everyone from citizen scientists to academic
researchers and multinational corporations. For all their differences, these
groups share one ambition: to make scientiﬁc research more public, sharable
and scalable. Last year’s inaugural event saw over 300 attendees
and nationwide media impact. This year, the Open Science Summit proves that
Open Science is global and here to stay through the launch of the Open
Science Alliance, an ofﬁcial coalition of these many complementary
movements. The Alliance will launch a developer’s challenge this
Spring, incentivizing students to develop solutions that beneﬁt open
science, as well as a number of joint publications and advocacy campaigns.
This year, open science has shown promise in crowd-sourcing clinical trials,
determining interactions between genome-based and microbe-driven illnesses
and even ﬁnding lost family members. This year’s Open Science Summit
features a medical research track, exploring 2010-11 innovations and a pitch
session where startups will present their contributions to open
science collaboration. Conﬁrmed speakers include recently-published Misha
Angrist from Duke, Rade Drmanac, founder of Complete Genomics and Victoria
Stodden, statistics professor at Columbia.
“Openness by far and away will win out if we actually measure people by
their true contribution,” says Professor Jonathan Eisen. With that in mind,
the Summit has a track dedicated toward new ideas on giving researchers due
credit - and due reward - in an open science system. Conﬁrmed speakers for
this track include James Love of Knowledge Ecology International and
David Thomson of UCSF. The summit also provides two more tracks: one
dedicated to group problem-
solving to address barriers to open science, and the other dedicated to
youth education and advocacy around opening up. Visit
http://opensciencesummit.com for more details.
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