Open Science Workshop at Southampton – 31 August and 1 September 2008
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I’m aware I’ve been trailing this idea around for sometime now but its been difficult to pin down due to issues with room bookings. However I’m just going to go ahead and if we end up meeting in a local bar then so be it! If Southampton becomes too difficult I might organise to have it at RAL instead but Southampton is more convenient in many ways.
Science Blogging 2008: London will be held on August 30 at the Royal Institution and as a number of people are coming to that it seemed a good opportunity to get a few more people together to have a get together and discuss how we might move things forward. This now turns out to be one of a series of such workshops following on from Collaborating for the future of open science, organised by Science Commons as a satellite meeting of EuroScience Open Forum in Barcelona next month, BioBarCamp/Scifoo from 5-10 August and a possible Open Science Workshop at Stanford on Monday 11 August, as well as the Open Science Workshop in Hawaii (can’t let the bioinformaticians have all the good conference sites to themselves!) at the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing.
For the Southampton meeting I would propose that we essentially look at having four themed sessions: Tools, Data standards, Policy/Funding, and Projects. Within this we adopt an unconference style where we decide who speaks based on who is there and want to present something. My ideas is essentially to meet on the Sunday evening at a local hostelry to discuss and organise the specifics of the program for Monday. On the Monday we spend the day with presentations and leave plenty of room for discussion. People can leave in the afternoon, or hang around into the evening for further discussion. We have absolutely zero, zilch, nada funding available so I will be asking for a contribution (to be finalised later but probably £10-15 each) to cover coffee/tea and lunch on the Monday.