The evolution of selves by open citizen science

This post summarizes my current focus in area of open science. Whether concepts presented here could make their way into practice, that’s still to be seen. So, consider this a work in progress. I’m happy to be proven wrong, change my opinion or get myself sold into other ideas. On (open) science Science (like almost everything else in the world) needs a major transformation, as it no longer serves its purpose in the most efficient manner. For that reason I…

One step closer to open science

You know the news already: The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust announced today that they are to support a new, top-tier, open access journal for biomedical and life sciences research. The three organisations aim to establish a new journal that will attract and define the very best research publications from across these fields. All research published in the journal will make highly significant contributions that will extend the boundaries of scientific knowledge. Cameron has already commented…

Homeschoolers and open citizen science

I’ve recently attended a meeting of Polish homeschoolers. Homeschooling is not that popular in Poland as for example in US. One of the reasons is that it’s basically illegal in here to teach kids at home and a waiver is given only in special cases. Nevertheless there were ca. hundred parents there and I’m sure that number is going to grow for the next few years (unfortunately to understand the discrepancy between illegality of homeschooling and it’s growing popularity you…

Ten commandments of open science

No, this is not “Ten simple rules of open science” (although it could be nice if we could write such article and publish it at PLoS Computational Biology) – this is the list of TEN COMMANDMENTS of open science: 1. You shall give everything away free (do not over-protect your research); do not patent – sell your expertise. Release source code under open source license, publish OA articles and do not abuse intellectual property rights. 2. You shall change the world,…

Data science: cost of mistakes

Michael Nielsen some other day shared a story on how researchers are using Twitter to predict stock market movements. The idea wasn’t actually that new – there were other attempts to use Twitter (and not only that) to predict stock prices. And actually it’s fairly easy to come up with another source of signal that will nicely correlate with the market (if you don’t believe that, look for performance figures of astrology-based trading – numbers are quite amazing). However, one…

Systems Institute is officially supporting FigShare (backstage story)

You may or may not know that I’m the head of Systems Institute, non-profit research organization founded in 2009 in Poland. The Institute is located in Poland, but is operating internationally. There’s not much you can learn about this initiative, as we haven’t put up a real website yet (although there’s a placeholder). There was a reason to that lack of online presence – instead of wasting time on hyping our vision, we decided to start working, and brag about…