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.
Open Data & Replications
- Karen Lazo reported on the new NSF-funded OpenfMRI project, an initiative to share fMRI data in a standardized format. According to the OpenfMRI website, data submitted to the project is placed under a public domain license where possible.
- Kelly Ramirez et al’s article was accepted describing their proposal for a global platform for sharing soil biodiversity data, and the need for an accompanying standard data format.
- Ben Goldacre described a recent replication study that contests findings of a major paper which recommended blanket deworming treatments for children in Kenya that went on to have major health policy ramifications in the region. The refutation was made possible when the original authors released their data for inspection by an independent team. Also see Goldacre’s recently released interview on open data at Oxford.
Blogs & Articles
- Stephanie Hampton et al published their article The Tao of open science for ecology, in which the authors examine the change in mindset that would allow ecologists to take full advantage of the benefits of an open research practice. This paper represents the culmination of an open collaboration founded at the 2014 NCEAS Codefest.
- Pjotr Prins et al wrote an article describing the need for scalable, well engineered software and an open source development culture in bioinformatics; the authors consider this position from the perspective of keeping pace with the scale of data in their field, and the anticipated requirements to make effective use of open bioinformatics data.
- Dalmeet Singh Chawla reported on the ongoing discussion around ‘Single Figure Publications’ – short scholarly communications in the spirit of the Journal of Brief Ideas, with an emphasis on methodological reporting and expedited communication. (Editorial note: recall the impact of immediacy of reporting on attracting citations reported in this classic paper.)
Policy & Funding
- The AllTrials campaign reported support from over 3.5 trillion euros worth of investors for their petition to have all pharmaceutical research reported & registered, regardless of trial outcome.
- Naser Faruqui reported in BioMed Central that Canada’s International Development Research Center has begun imposing open-by-default requirements for research supported by their grants. The IDRC’s requirements include an explicit CC-BY requirement for all research outputs.
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