Faithful readers of this blog may recall that back in March I posted a set of slides I had prepared for a presentation to a class of undergraduate computer science majors, basically outlining what open science is and challenging them to use their talents to make science work better.
Usually I don’t post the presentation slides I use for my everyday work as a librarian, when I appear in classrooms to talk about how to find and evaluate sources in science or when I talk about science communication. But in this case I spent a fair amount of time preparing and revising this particular iteration of a session I’d done a bunch of times over the year. And then the class got snowed out. And unfortunately since it was so close to the end of the term, I didn’t end up giving the session. So my thinking was, I should at least get a little mileage out of all that work and share the slides!
Of course, things are never so simple. When you share, other people see. Shortly after I published the post I was contacted by Jim Ruxton of Subtle Technologies, an organization dedicated to bring art and science together. The theme of this year’s edition of their long running festival was Open Culture: Participatory Practice in Art and Science. And of course, open science is all about participatory culture!
Jim asked me if I would do one of he public lectures at the festival, which was this part Saturday evening.
The Web has the potential to unleash scientific creativity like nothing else since the invention of the printing press. Scientists — academic, government, industrial, even amateur — have the ability to create, measure, promote,share and even do the research itself all using the Web as the platform. In this session we’ll explore how the Web is liberating scientific creativity, looking at Open Access, Open Data, Altmetrics and Citizen Science among other movements.
The session went very well with a good audience, provocative questions and some very kind Twitter traffic about the presentation both during the session and afterwards after people looked at the slides as they were tweeted out and about.
Here are the slides (online too):
I have to say, I’ve done some form of this presentation a bunch of times and I think I’m finally getting the hang of it! (Hint, hint, I’d be glad to do it for you too!)
Many thanks to Jim Ruxton and the Subtle Technologies team for inviting me to present at the Festival. It was great fun!