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Lecture: Open Science
Monday 12 October 2020, 20:00 - 21:30
Today we live in the information age, we have the world’s greatest trove of knowledge at our fingertips, and if we want to know something we can just look it up in seconds. Although the internet is now technically almost 40 years old now, what we have today is still a far cry from 20 years ago, when my grandpa had to browse his 12-book encyclopedia to look anything up, and students’ university papers were limited in sources to the local library. Yet, in this age of freedom of information, certain barriers to information remain, and new barriers to knowledge keep cropping up. There’s not only a struggle to keep the internet free, but also for the knowledge on it.
Open Science is a movement away from the current closed nature of doing science towards a more open approach to sharing research outputs. The goal of Open Science is to make it easier to access, confirm, and reuse scientific data and results. The need for openness has become urgently clear in the recent pleas for global scientists to openly share their research to address the COVID-19 pandemic. In this talk we will discuss several key aspects of Open Science including Open Access to research publications, FAIR and Open Data, Open Peer Review, and Citizen Science.
Gareth O’Neill is a principal consultant on Open Science at Technopolis Group where he is currently working on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Gareth is an expert on Open Science for the European Commission and Dutch Government and is a Plan S Ambassador for cOAlition S. He is also a researcher in theoretical linguistics at Leiden University, a member of the advisory group for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), and is a former president of the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc).
The lecture will take place via zoom and is open and free for everybody in line with the principles of open-science. If you can’t attend on Zoom, it will also be livestreamed on SIB-Groningen’s facebook page and youtube channel.