The Week in Review is our weekly roundup of what’s new in open science from the past week. If you have news or announcements you’d like passed on to the community, be sure to share on Twitter with @mozillascience and @billdoesphysics, or join our mailing list and get in touch there.
Blogs & Papers
- Björn Brembs and F1000 Research have published what they cite as the first ‘living scientific figure’; a principle component analysis of Canton S strains that updates and re-plots itself upon receiving new data submitted by third parties. Data submitted to the living figure (fig. 4 in the paper) is stamped with a DOI and available for download, and contributors are automatically cited in the paper.
- Martin Fenner described what he calls a Scholarly Markdown Bundle, that includes not only the scholarly markdown superset, but also a git-controlled archive of research objects and a standardization of metadata similar to the Code as a Research Object project currently on Collaborate, but formatted to interface with Pandoc.
- Dan Katz reflected on the real use of research code; Katz observes that even code originally intended for ‘single-use’ has a much longer lifetime than authors often imagine, and that this has substantial implications for the time and standards worth applying to the production of research code.
- Liberian health officials reported in the NY Times the obstacles that closed-access scholarship created in combating the recent Ebola outbreak in the region; despite the presence of Ebola in the region known to the European medical establishment since the 1980s, local health services were unaware of the findings, potentially slowing their response to the lethal epidemic.
- Sabina Leonelli and Barbara Prainsack wrote an insightful piece on the commodification of the academic establishment, and the implications that that context has for the direction and purposes of open science.
- We blogged on practical code review policies that can be imposed by journals, the key observation being that while post-production code review is ineffective, policies can be implemented that encourage authors to reflect on their code, demonstrably leading to fewer bugs.
- As always, don’t miss the open science roundup from Eva Amsen over at F1000.
Government & Policy
- The European Commission released detailed findings & policy recommendations from its survey late last year on the perceptions, expectations and challenges presented by open science, as understood by the scientific community there.
- The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced a series of industry partnerships intended to make their environmental data widely available.
- The NSF-funded Workshop on Supporting Scientific Discovery through Norms and Practices for Software and Data Citation and Attribution released its summary report, including recommendations and action plans surrounding the establishment of clear infrastructure and standards for citing both code and data as part of the scholarly record.
Projects & Resources
- We launched the Mozilla Study Group program last week, a meetup framework designed to help researchers regularly share skills, collaborate on projects and give space to discussions of code in research. Check out the Study Group Handbook, the Study Group Website Kit, and our growing collection of short Study Group Lessons.