More on the PSB proposal
Shirley Wu has followed up on her original proposal to submit a session proposal for PSB. She asks a series of important questions about going forward on this and I thought I would reply to these here to widen exposure.
I think it is worth going for a session and I am happy to lead the application but there may well be better people; Jean-Claude, Antony Williams, Peter Murray-Rust, Egon Willighagen to get to lead it depending on focus. I think the important question to ask is whether we can generate enough research papers to justify a session. I believe we can and should and I will commit to generating one if we go ahead, but we need at least another 3-4 to go ahead I think.
So, to answer Shirley’s questions:
1. What should be the focus of this session on Open Science? (first, frame it as a traditional PSB session, then perhaps as a “creative” session)
2. What kind of substantial/technical/research papers can be written about Open Science?
3. Who are the major players in the field? Who would the session chair invite to submit a paper?
4. Who is willing to help write/organize the actual proposal and session?
Given it is a computing symposium I would say that it should focus on tools and standards and how they effect what we can, or would like to do. This also gives us a chance to provide research type papers describing such tools and standards and investigating their implementation. So we could write papers describing different implementations of Open Notebooks and critical analysis of the differences, the organisation of Open Data, standards for describing data, and social and cultural aspects of what is happening etc etc.
People to invite to write papers include Jean-Claude Bradley, OpenWetWare group, Egon, Peter MR, Deepak Singh (willing to write a review/scoping type paper?), Antony Williams (ChemSpider), Simile Group (www.simile.mit.edu), other repository, data archival groups, Nature Publishing/PLoS/PMC/UK-PMC to describe systems, Heather Piwowar to analyse what happens, and social sciences groups that are becoming interested in what is going on.
Finally, as I say, I am willing to help, but as you can see time becomes a constraint for me and things have a habit if getting left to the last minute. If anyone else would like to step in to lead then I am more than happy to be a co-chair. If no one else is available I am happy to lead. I at least have the advantage that I can probably source the resources so that I can get there!
I am going to tag this “Open Science PSB09″ if that seems a good tag to aggregate around.