Big news in the developer world this week as Microsoft acquires GitHub.
GitHub, which started as a free open source tool to allow developers to work together, is now the most popular version control system in the world, already used actively by the Microsoft organisation. As the move is announced, GitHub state they intend to keep the focus on the developer, and believe Microsoft's open source agenda for the future matches their own.
Data Tree, the NERC-funded online data management training course, launches this month.
The self-paced modular course explores all you need to know for research data management, along with ways to engage and share data with business, policymakers, media and the wider public.
Aimed especially at PhD students and early career researchers in the environmental sciences, the course is also for anyone who wants to get the right data habits now, including thinking of end-users of your data.
A significant step towards creating a standard for data citation in research articles has been achieved by the Identifiers Expert Group of the FORCE11 Data Citation Implementation Pilot (DCIP).
Led by Tim Clark and Maryann Martone, in collaboration with staff at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, European Bioinformatics Institute and the California Digital Library, the group have established interoperability of compact identifiers associated with data. This cooperative working system allows for a global approach to formal citation of research data in the life sciences. It brings together existing resolution systems and adapts them for FAIR practices in a move to improve the reusability of the data that underlies published claims.
The approach and its development are described in an article published in the journal Scientific Data, which has also announced its adoption of the standard.
The Open Science Community Utrecht is releasing a series of podcasts featuring researchers from different disciplines sharing their experiences of open science.
The series 'Road to Open Science' will cover the practicalities, policies and philosophies that are involved in open research. In the first episode, 'A Social Dilemma', Sascha Friesike, Assistant Professor at the VU in Digital Innovation and Associated Researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin, explains why a lot of people still hesitate to embrace open science. Frank Miedema, Professor of Immunology, Dean and Vice-Chairman of the Board at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, discusses the role of universities and big funders in changing the system of incentives and rewards.
Follow @R2OSpodcast on Twitter to catch future episodes.
The Digital Preservation Coalition and the Software Preservation Network invite you to watch their Software Preservation Webinar Series, which explores different software preservation contexts through discussion with guest speakers and attendees.
In March this year, the Wikimedia Foundation extracted a dataset across the 297 Wikipedia language editions which they are now analyzing to discover the source of the facts on which Wikipedia is built.
So far they have pulled out every citation that references an 'identifier' - such as a DOI for scholarly papers or ArXiv ID for preprints - to discover the types of sources favoured by Wikipedia contributors around the world. Arabic Wikipedia leads the way in citing preprint repositories, although these remain in a clear minority, accounting for less than 2% of citations in each language. The data show that at least 5% of publications in Arabic and English Wikipedia are open access biomedical publications from PubMedCentral.
The top ten most cited sources are largely (and unsurprisingly) catalogues of genes, molecules and galaxies, although A Concise History of Romania achieves a whopping 15,597 citations, followed at distance by the California Academy of Sciences' Catalog of Fishes!
Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow Monday 11th June 2018
An afternoon session providing researchers with the essential skills required to effectively use Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for downloading data from a variety of online data sources. It will then cover the use of databases for storing and retrieving data and demonstrate how to automate the collection processes.
The Data Tree online data management course is being launched with a series of workshops around the UK that will each explore a key theme in more detail. Workshops are open to all, and PhD students and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to come along.
Communicating with the media and public
Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
21 June 2018
Publishing papers and data
Institute of Physics, London
29 June 2018
University of Birmingham
2 July 2018
Engaging with public policymakers
University of Bristol
A day exploring issues around licencing of datasets. How do creators of data select suitable licences? Do consumers of data understand what the licences mean? What do you think is needed to address concerns?
This event, organised biennially, brings together people from different sectors, methodological traditions, and disciplines. It promotes research methods and opportunities for further training. Previous events attracted around 800 social science researchers at various stages of their careers, from across a range of disciplines and sectors.
The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences is currently accepting applications for this event. The 3-day workshop is designed for social science and public health science graduate students, postdocs, faculty and research professionals who are eager to learn more about cutting-edge mechanisms for transparent and reproducible research. The curriculum will cover the most relevant topics in research transparency, including pre-registration and pre-analysis plans; data preparation and de-identification; version control and dynamic documents; and other open science software.
The Data Manager will be associated with the project 'Towards the Digital Salmon: from a reactive to a pre-emptive research strategy in aquaculture'.
Help design the architecture of the Digital Salmon knowledge base, in close interaction with the researchers that will contribute to and benefit from the knowledge base, and with partners that provide technical solutions.
Be the contact point with the FAIRDOM consortium, benefit from community support and training in cutting-edge tools and workflows, and contribute to FAIRDOM’s future development.
Be involved at the national level in Digital Life Norway’s development of data and model management.
Tell OpenUP, in no more than 1000 words, your ideas for the future of review, dissemination or assessment in research and win a scholarship to attend and present your ideas to the OpenUP Final Conference in Brussels, 5-6 September 2018.
The theme is an invitation to answer the question of what concrete benefits can be realized by making scholarly research outputs openly available. Your contribution could concentrate on issues relating to responsible research and innovation (eg gender equality, science education, ethics), a new service or tool you would like to see, increasing transparency and participation in science, or how you think scientific culture can be shifted to make better use of new methods.
The extended deadline is 29 June 2018 17:00 CEST.
Read more about the competition and how to submit on the OpenUP Hub.
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