Working Open Workshop Wrap-up

The first week in February was a big one for the Mozilla Science Lab. We hosted a week-long workweek for our Fellows for Science in Berlin, which culminated in a 2-day mini-conference that we called WOW, the Working Open Workshop. The event featured a mixture of talks and work sessions on open sourcing projects, building capacity in Mozilla Study Groups, and contributing to projects on Collaborate, all in preparation for our Global Sprint in June, 2016.

For the first half of the week, we brought together our 4 fellows and 5 staffers to test curriculum and programming for the workshop to follow, workshop the fellows’ projects and beta-test their prototypes. We punctuated this with a healthy balance of outreach co-organized programming with other meetups, like Hacks/Hackers-Berlin and the Berlin Open Science, as well as excursions to Transmediale (a concurrent Art/Tech Festival) and visits with Berlin’s FabLab. In the name of “open,” you can view our agenda here.

For the latter part of the week, we hosted about 40+ attendees, two Mozilla staffers-at-large, our Fellows and  the Science Lab Team for WOW, a flush 2-day event celebrating open science and global web collaboration. We kicked it off with a Berlin Open Science collab meetup featuring 10+ lightning talks from the global science community and an audience of almost 100 attendees. Our workshop featured sessions on working collaboratively in Github, packaging open data for re-use and developing documentation, as well as planning for inclusive communities, Code of Conduct creation, and open science netiquette. All sessions were transcribed and published online, along with the accompanying documentation for presentation materials and handout activities, ready for re-use by anyone interested in hosting their own “Working Open” session.

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We’ll be following up with more updates from our fabulous fellows and our science/journalism fusion community on this month’s community call, Thursday February 11th; tune in to learn more!