Mozilla Science Lab Week In Review, January 5-11


Our many thanks to the team that brought Software Carpentry Instructor Training to life at UC Davis this week – Titus Brown for hosting, Aleksandra Pawlik for teaching and of course Greg Wilson and Tracy Teal for leading the Carpentries Software and Data. Read Bill’s reflections on the workshop and on Instructor Training here.

In & Around the Lab

This past week saw the fifth live Instructor Training put on by Software and Data Carpentry. Bill Mills co-taught at this event, under the mentorship of Greg Wilson in preparation to lead the Research Bazaar’s Instructor Training workshop next month in Melbourne along with Damien Irving.

Otherwise, the Lab was heads-down spooling up our early 2015 roster of events and collaboration; see below and stay tuned!

Near-Term Forecast

Our first Community Call of the new year is coming up on Thursday, January 15 at 11 ET! We’ll be hearing from Chris Lintott on Zooniverse and citizen science, and Garret Christensen (BITSS) and Tim Errington (Center for Open Science) on lessons learned in reproducibility. Find the call-in information and add your own updates on the etherpad – we hope you’ll join us!

Also coming up right away on January 12-13 is FORCE11, a conference on Research Communications and e-Scholarship – the Science Lab’s Kaitlin Thaney is on the advisory board and in attendance there at the start of the week.

Later in the week, Bill will be attending a Software Carpentry workshop hosted by the eScience Institute at the University of Washington, led by a huge lineup of new instructors! We’re keen to see people we trained succeed, so Bill will be present to help out, give feedback and support their efforts wherever possible.

Early 2015 is going to see a number of new events and collaborations explored by the Science Lab – Arliss Collins and Bill are discussing how to support engagement beyond the workshop by scaffolding things like study groups, hack nights and meetups, and Abby Cabunoc is polishing off a number of new ideas and implementations to make interacting and collaborating via our online community even more seamless. We’ll keep you posted as things develop, but in the meantime, check back here on Monday for a major announcement from the Lab!

Reading List

101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication | Bianca Kramer & Jeroen Bosman

Gender in Conference Talks | If We Assume

The Problem With Praising Famous Scientists | The Atlantic

How to Curate Your Digital Identity as an Academic | The Chronicle of Higher Education