Join us for our next community call on March 20 (11 ET)

Our next community call will take place this Thursday, March 20. The call is open to the public and will start at 11 am ET. Call in details can be found on the call etherpad (where you can also find notes and the agenda) and on the wiki. (If you have trouble with the toll-free number, try one of the numbers at the bottom of this post.) Please note: due to Daylight Savings, call in times for those outside of the US are different this week. Please check the top of the etherpad for guidance.

The Science Lab meeting is our community call, taking place each month, highlighting recent developments and work of the community relevant to science and the web. Join us to hear more about current projects, find out how you can get involved, and hear from others about their work in and around open research.

This month, we’ll be hearing about some incredible work recently discussed at a workshop on African scholarship in Nairobi, as well as hearing the latest about our “code as a research object” project with GitHub and figshare.

For this call, we’re thrilled to be joined by Michelle Willmers from OpenUCT at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, one of continent’s leading voices around access and discoverability of African research. She recently led a two-day workshop in Nairobi which we attended exploring these topics, and will be telling us about some of the insights from the workshop as well as some of the remaining challenges. For more background, check out this fantastic interview on Richard Poynder’s blog.

We’ll also be joined by Tezira Lore, a food scientist and communications specialist working with the International Livestock Research Institute, a Kenyan organisation that works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock. Tezira will be sharing some of ILRI’s efforts around sharing research data, content and code. Do tune in. You won’t want to miss this.

And last but not least, Arfon Smith (GitHub) and Mark Hahnel (figshare) will be updating us on the latest work around the “Code as a research object” project. We’ve come quite a ways since our start in December, and look forward to updating you on our progress to date.

Have a project, blog post or event you’d like to share relevant to open science? Add it to the etherpad (see line 95). It’s a great way to share what you’re working on and/or interested in with the community. Don’t be shy. Have a look at last month’s notes for an idea of what others contributed to the conversation.

Mark your calendars, tune in and help us spread the word. Our first few calls have hit record participation (and stretched the limits of open software solutions). Let’s see if we can drum up the same turnout, and be sure to join us a few minutes before 11 ET to secure a spot on the line. For call-in details and links to the etherpad, visit our wiki page. We hope you’ll join us.

Note: Having trouble dialing in? Try one of these numbers. (Note that they are toll calls and you’ll be charged by your telephone company if the number is long-distance.)

After you enter the extension, you’ll be asked for the conference ID, which is 7677.

  • US/California/Mountain View: +1 650 903 0800, extension 92
  • US/California/San Francisco: +1 415 762 5700, extension 92
  • US/Oregon/Portland: +1 971 544 8000, extension 92
  • CA/Vancouver: +1 778 785 1540, extension 92
  • CA/Toronto: +1 416 848 3114, extension 92
  • UK/London: +44 (0)207 855 3000, extension 92
  • FR/Paris: +33 1 44 79 34 80, extension 92