On July 14th we are holding a memorial meeting for Jean-Claude Bradley in Cambridge. Do come; it’s open for all. [NOTE: we hope to get live streaming for those who can’t come.]
Jean-Claude Bradley was one of the most influential open scientists of our time. He was an innovator in all that he did, from Open Education to bleeding edge Open Science; in 2006, he coined the phrase Open Notebook Science. His loss is felt deeply by friends and colleagues around the world.
On Monday July 14, 2014 we shall gather at Cambridge University to honour his memory and the legacy he leaves behind with a highly distinguished set of invited speakers to revisit and build upon the ideas which inspired and defined his life’s work.
Simon Coles, University of Southampton, UK
Robert Hanson, St. Olaf College, USA
Nina Jeliazkova, Ideaconsult, Bulgaria
Andrew Lang, Oral Roberts University, USA
Daniel Lowe, NextMove Software, UK
Cameron Neylon, PLOS, USA
Peter Murray-Rust, Cambridge University, UK
Noel O’Boyle, NextMove Software, UK
Henry Rzepa , Imperial College London, UK
Valery Tkachenko , Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
Matthew Todd, University of Sydney, Australia
Antony Williams, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
Egon Willighagen, Maastricht University, Netherlands
For me this is not to look back but forward. Science, and science communication is in crisis. We need bold, simple visions to take us out of this, and Open Notebook Science (ONS) does exactly that. It:
- is inclusive. Anyone can be involved at any level. You don’t have to be an academic.
- is honest. Everything that is done is Open, so there is no fraud, no misrepresentation.
- is immediate. The science is available as it happens. Publication is not an operation, but an attitude of mind
- is preserved. ONS ensures that the record, and the full record, persists.
- is repeatable or falsifiable. The full details of what was done are there so the experiment can be challenged or repeated at any time
- is inexpensive. We waste 100 Billion USD / year of science through bad practice so we save that immediately. But also we get rid of paywalls, lawyers, opportunity costs, nineteenth century publishing practices, etc.
and a lot more. I shall take the opportunity to show the opportunities:
“Open Notebook Science NOW!” – Peter Murray-Rust, University of Cambridge and Shuttleworth Fellow
Open Notebook Science can revolutionise science in the same way as Open Source has changed software. Its impact will be massive: greatly increased quality, removal of waste and duplication, and an inclusive approach to involving citizens in science. It’s straightforward to do in many areas of science, especially computational. I shall present an ONS model which we can all follow and adapt. The challenge is changing minds and to do that we should start young.