OpenSciNY Open Notebook Science Talk
On May 14, 2010 I presented on Open Notebook Science at the OpenSciNY conference at the New York University Bobst Library. I introduced the topic by telling a few stories about how new forms of communication are affecting how we think about concepts like "scientific precedent", "peer review", "scientific publishing" and "scientific scholarship". At the end I spoke about archiving Open Notebook Science projects and showed the physical copies of both the Reaction Attempts and ONS Solubility Challenge books.
Margaret Smith did a wonderful job of organizing the conference with a very interesting line-up of speakers: Heather Joseph, Antony Williams, Elizabeth Brown and David Hogg. We formed break-out sessions at the end to discuss with the attendees concepts around Open Science. I was part of the session on Promoting Open Science.
The tone at this and other similar conferences I have attended recently is probably best described as cautiously optimistic and focused on what is possible. The Open Science movement - at least as far as it is reflected by the people I know - does not seem to be driven by zealots or idealists trying to get everyone to drink the cool-aid. It is just a bunch of people who see opportunities to do things in better ways as new tools become available - and they can't find a credible reason not to do them.
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My presentation below: