The Week in Review is our 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 @arlissc99, #openscience or join our mailing list and get in touch there.
Articles & Blogs
- The Simons Foundation just awarded a grant to SciStarter. Arvind Suresh writes about it in his blog entitled “Scistarter’s Project Finder Will Soon Be More Readily Available to Everyone to Guide Citizen Scientists to Pertinent Research Projects”
- BMJ Open published an article by Maria K Kowalczuk, Frank Dudbridge, Shreeya Nanda, Stephanie L Harriman, Jigisha Patel, Elizabeth C Moylan which took a look at the comparison between ” … quality reports by author-suggested and non-author-suggested reviewers in journals operating on open or single-blind peer review models”. Read the full text and their findings here.
- “Making Open Science a Reality”, a full report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) posted on the Innovation Policy Platform site. A great read for those interested it taking a look at the background and challenges of open science today.
Government and Policy
- Open government and open science were front and centre last week when the US Government announced new policies on Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing at a live forum entitled “Open Science and Innovation: Of the People, By the People, For the People”. Chandra Clarke writes a great blog in the lead up to the forum posted on Popular Science. Lots of comments and links can be seen at #whcitsci. Take a look at the Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Act 2015 to read about clarifications to government agencies around the use of crowdsourcing techniques.
Lessons and Projects
- Mozilla Study Groups have created a new index to list Study Group lessons from around the world by topic, research field and difficulty level. Check out the new Lesson Index to browse lessons taught so far.
At the Science Lab
- Seth Kenlon interviewed our Lead Developer, Abby Cabunoc Mayes, to get her thoughts on open science and how to “open up scientific data” prior to the talk Abby will give at All Things Open taking place in Raleigh, NC on October 19 & 20.
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