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New app puts idle smartphones to work for science

New app puts idle smartphones to work for science | Open Science | Scoop.it

Android smartphone users will soon have a chance to participate in important scientific research every time they charge their phones. Using a new app created by researchers at UC Berkeley, users will be able to donate a phone’s idle computing power to crunch numbers for projects that could lead to breakthroughs ranging from novel medical therapies to the discovery of new stars. (...) - By Robert Sanders, News Berkeley, July 22, 2013

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The first and most successful volunteer computing project is the UC Berkeley’s SETI research project, which analyzes radio telescope data in search of intelligent signals from space. This project was the first to ask citizen to offer their desktop computer power in order to analyse research data. It will be also adapted to the Android BOINC app

 

Lists of the first projects: 

- Einstein@Home (http://einstein.phys.uwm.edu), which searches radio telescope data for spinning stars called pulsars,

- FightAIDS@Home (http://fightaidsathome.scripps.edu), which searches for more effective AIDS therapies as part of IBM’s

- World Community Grid (http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org)

- Asteroids@home (http://asteroidsathome.net/boinc), operated by Charles University in Prague

- OProject@Home (http://oproject.info), which is dedicated to the analysis of algorithms for research projects. 

- Yoyo@home (http://www.rechenkraft.net/yoyo), which is addressing evolutionary research (simulations of different types of populations and focuses on the analysis of human mitochondrial DNA)


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The growing user base of Academia. edu presents new issues for the sharing and dissemination of research.

The growing user base of Academia. edu presents new issues for the sharing and dissemination of research. | Open Science | Scoop.it

Academia.edu, the online academic network for sharing research papers, appears to be expanding its user base within the academic community and drawing interest from the wider public. Alistair Brown looks at what might happen as the lines between researchers and public audiences on the network become blurred. For example, academic users of the network are trained to appreciate what a pre-publication version means, in the sense that it may not be entirely finished. Public users, however, may not perceive the difference. (...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Sciences', by Alistar Brown, 2015/10/06

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CERN Public Computing Challenge 2015

CERN Public Computing Challenge 2015 | Open Science | Scoop.it
The first CERN Public Computing Challenge ran for 12 days in December 2014, as part of CERN’s 60th anniversary celebrations. We invited volunteers around the world to help CERN scientists simulate particle collisions in accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), using their own computers. The challenge was an opportunity for us to test new, simpler approaches to distributing such computations, with the help of CERN’s own virtual machine technology, CernVM. 

 

 

Join the CERN Computing challenge and join the big community of volunteers for science!

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The CERN #citizenscience challenge to help +CERN researchers to simulate particle collisions. 
#openscience #openresearch #computing 

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A new journal wants to publish your research ideas

A new journal wants to publish your research ideas | Open Science | Scoop.it

Do you have a great idea for a study that you want to share with the world? A new journal will gladly publish it. Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) will also publish papers on your methods, workflows, data, reports, and software—in short, “all outputs of the research cycle." RIO, an open-access (OA) journal, was officially launched today and will start accepting submissions in November. (...) - Science Magazine, by Tania Rabesandratana, 1 September 2015

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. Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) will also publish papers on your methods, workflows, data, reports, and software

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Rise of the citizen scientist

Rise of the citizen scientist | Open Science | Scoop.it

From the oceans to the soil, technology is changing the part that amateurs can play in research. But this greater involvement raises concerns that must be addressed. (...) - Nature 524, 265 (20 August 2015)

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#citizenscience has a strong value for researchers, citizen, and society. Therefore #openresearch projects are more and more popular #openscience

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European labs set sights on continent-wide computing cloud

Giant public–private computing network would fulfil the European Commission’s vision of an open-research platform. (...) - Nature, by Elizabeth Gibney, 08 July 2015

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From astronomy to genomics, scientists are increasingly storing and studying their data sets on shared remote ‘cloud’ computing servers, accessed through the Internet. Three of Europe’s biggest research labs now want to help academics by working with commercial firms to create a continent-wide cloud-computing portal — and they are hoping to get backing from the European Commission.

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Reward time for reproducibility

Reward time for reproducibility | Open Science | Scoop.it

Reproducing and verifying other peoples’ work is a crucial but thankless task that does not earn high impact kudos for researchers. It is therefore unlikely to translate into research grants. (...) - EuroScientist Webzine, by Fiona Dunlevy, 2015/05/29

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How Scientists Engage the Public

How Scientists Engage the Public | Open Science | Scoop.it

Most scientists (87%) believe it is important to participate in public policy debates. Almost half use social media to discuss or follow science, and nearly a quarter blog about science and research. (...) - PewResearchCenter, February 15, 2015

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Interesting survey made by the +Pew Research Center about how american researchers interact with citizen. Half of these scientists talk with journalists and half use social media for communicate with their audience #openscience #scicomm 

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Alessandro Vespignani: open data is key to preserve nature of science

Alessandro Vespignani: open data is key to preserve nature of science | Open Science | Scoop.it

Big data changes the way we do science and replicate it

Physicist Alessandro Vespignani is one of the main experts in networks and statistical and numerical simulations. An Italian scientist, he is currently working at the College of Computer and Information Sciences at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. In this EuroScientist podcast interview, he shares his views on the need to re-think the concepts of replicability and reproducibility. (...) - Euroscientist, by Luca Tancredi Barone, 29 April 2015

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While the #bigdata revolution is ongoing, there are new challenges in data reproducibility  #openscience #openresearch #opendata

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Arnold Haine's curator insight, August 9, 2015 11:56 AM

While the #bigdata revolution is ongoing, there are new challenges in data reproducibility  #openscience #openresearch #opendata

Nicolas Pettiaux's curator insight, August 12, 2015 5:12 AM

One of the key aspect of science is reproducibility. For me that is "if some affirmation said to be science cannot be claimed, based on an independent study, by another team/person, there is NO scientific process taking place. Hence reproducibility is impossible". In order to allows for reproducibility, there are some necessary conditions : the full process must be described, the data must be accessible too. Either by independent production if possible, or by giving full access to the data first analyzed. And the software used must be fully accessible too, because it contains the details of the process, if any software is used. And we all know that the devil hides in the details.


Alessandro Vespignani, rightfully says "the (scientific) validation happens when you have different teams that work at the same time on the same set of data to recover results.” Hence, the data must often, at least if their production or storage is difficult or expensive, be open if not libre (in the sense of libre access)

 In short, in many (most ?) cases, in 2015, in order to do science, the description of the results (= the paper), the data, the software and the comments by the community must all be open and sharable without barrier. Cost is one such barrier.
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Crowdfunding could be a simple way to pay for science research

Crowdfunding could be a simple way to pay for science research | Open Science | Scoop.it

Crowdfunding may be the best way to meet the costs of scientific research and garner greater awareness of scientific priorities. (...) - Startup smart, by Maksym Sich, 15 April 2015

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Two critical issues appear in the field of scientific research: find more funding and be more close to citizen. Crowd funding is able to solve both points by providing new source of funding and opening science projects. Moreover science crowdfunding open also the possibility to involve directly citizen in research project through citizen science and e-health 

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Two critical issues appear in the field of scientific research: find more funding and be more close to citizen. Crowd funding is able to solve both points by providing new source of funding and opening science projects. Moreover science crowdfunding open also the possibility to involve directly citizen in research project through citizen science and e-health 

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Michigan judge asks PubPeer to turn over anonymous user information

Michigan judge asks PubPeer to turn over anonymous user information | Open Science | Scoop.it

Site’s lawyers will appeal decision that would reveal IP address of commenter.

 

The ongoing battle between PubPeer, a website that allows anonymous reviews of technical papers, and a researcher trying to unmask some of its users took a new turn yesterday when a county judge asked the site’s operators to hand over a piece of potentially identifying information.(...) - Science, by Kelly Servick, 20 March 2015

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Anonymous #post-publication #peerreview is under threaten. PubPeer platform offers anonymous comment to scientific articles but a Michigan judge order to PubPeer to remove these feature after the lawsuit filed by an american cancer researcher (see our previous scoop http://sco.lt/5fWTDt). PubPeer aims is to fix the broken scientific peer review process but seems to loose the great opportunity to achieve this by anonymous discussion of research articles. Hope this will not discouraged online comments.

 

 

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LA Referencia – South American Open Science network

LA Referencia – South American Open Science network | Open Science | Scoop.it

Interview of Alberto Cabezas – Executive Secretary of LA Referencia

 

La Referencia is a network of repositories from 9 South American countries. How does it work and what are its aims? Does it have a formal structure?

The initial project was presented by RedCLARA (RedCLARA – Cooperación Latino Americana de Redes Avanzadas – is an international non-profit organization established in 2003, managing the only advanced internet network in Latin America) and funded by the Regional Public Goods program of the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) from 2010 to 2013. The goal was to build a common strategy for a regional federated network of scientific publication repositories. (...) - Otwarta Nauka, by Alberto Cabezas, 11 March 2015

 

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Archiving and Aggregating “Alternative” Scholarly Content: DOIs for blogs.

Archiving and Aggregating “Alternative” Scholarly Content: DOIs for blogs. | Open Science | Scoop.it

The value of blogs and bloggers in science is well recognized.  Blogs serve as an excellent form of post-publication peer review and host much of the scientific discussion that occurs on the web today.  Indeed, it is probably true that more interaction between scientists and between scientists and the public occurs away from traditional scientific articles themselves and in “alternative” forums such as Twitter, Facebook, and of course, blogs. (...) - The Winnower, Feb 13, 201

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The science #blogging platform, The Winnower, provides now DOIs for every blog posts. With DOIs, the posts of scientists are more close to articles since the platform already employs open #post-publication #peerreview - #openscience #openaccess

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Harnessing the power of social media to succeed in the biotech world

Harnessing the power of social media to succeed in the biotech world | Open Science | Scoop.it

In our Biotech Innovators series, we showcase disruptive and inspiring ideas and entrepreneurship stories. We try to find out more about their business, major challenges and how being an entrepreneur meant to them so far. This week, Stéphane-Bertin Hoffmann talked to Ethan Oren Perlstein, PhD, founder and CEO of Perlstein Lab,  a San Francisco-based biotech startup and public benefit corporation focused on precision […] - Blog Sciencebite, by Stéphane-Bertin hoffmann, February 9, 2015

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Sharing data: Why it should be done

Sharing data: Why it should be done | Open Science | Scoop.it
As data continues to be produced at staggering rates, scientists need to become more aware of the benefits of data sharing, says Eleni Liapi. (....) - Naturejobs Blog, by Julie Gould, Guest Eleni Liapi, 05 October 2015
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Wikipedia, open access and knowledge dissemination

Wikipedia, open access and knowledge dissemination | Open Science | Scoop.it

We can provide high quality academic content that is just two clicks away from starting the browser. First is the Wikipedia article in search results and the second is the open access article linked there. If a reference to an open access academic journal becomes the standard for all information provided on Wikipedia, we will have made huge progress in the dissemination of academic knowledge. Gaining access to specialized knowledge will be easier than ever before. (...) - Blog 'Open Science', by Witold Kienc, September 3, 2015

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Science Has Its Problems, But the Web Could Be the Fix

Science Has Its Problems, But the Web Could Be the Fix | Open Science | Scoop.it

The software a group of scientists used to replicate 100 psychology studies is a framework for the future of science. (...) _ Wired, by Katie M. Palmer, 08.27.2015

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Take more care about the modus operandi of doing science than only the publication of results is a critical issue for #openresearch and then #reproducibility of research. This study illustrate the power of #science2dot0 and collaborative platform as Open Science Framework platform (https://osf.io/) developed by the Center of Open Science https://cos.io/

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Feature: Cancer reproducibility effort faces backlash

Feature: Cancer reproducibility effort faces backlash | Open Science | Scoop.it
A nonprofit's effort to replicate 50 top cancer papers is shaking up labs
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"In the fall of 2013, emails arrived in the inboxes of dozens of scientists informing that their work had been chosen for scrutiny by a project aiming to replicate 50 high-impact cancer biology papers. The Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology, an ambitious, #openscience effort to test whether key findings in top journals can be reproduced by independent labs, has stirred concerns in the community." #reproducibility #openresearch

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Omeka + BookCore = A Lightweight Repository for Open Access Book Pulishing

Omeka + BookCore = A Lightweight Repository for Open Access Book Pulishing | Open Science | Scoop.it

When talking about Open Access to technologists, developers etc. the focus quickly shifts to repositories as well as the issue of automated metadata exchange. Essentially repositories are huge document stores that allow for the systematic description of documents with metadata. Additionally contemporary repository systems like DSpace, Fedora, Opus etc. usually provide a standardized OAI-PMH interface allowing data aggregators to harvest data from the repository and to include this data into their own catalogues. That’s an important feature which comes at considerable cost with the above mentioned systems. Even though they are Open Source they are designed for huge collections of Open Access publications and are thus rather complex. Installing and maintaining them easily becomes a full time job. (...) - Hybrid Publishing Lab, by Marcus Burkhardt, July 2, 2015

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Funders must encourage scientists to share

To realize the full potential of large data sets, researchers must agree on better ways to pass data around, says Martin Bobrow.

 

How can we make best use of the vast amounts of data on genomics, epidemiology and population-level health being collected by researchers? Maximizing the benefits depends on how well we as a scientific community share information. (...) - Nature, by Martin Bobrow, 10/06/2015

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More funding agency should change their policy to let/push the researchers to share information and their publications in repositories or #openaccess #openscience #openresearch

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Perceptions of open access publishing are changing for the better, a survey by Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan finds

Perceptions of open access publishing are changing for the better, a survey by Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan finds | Open Science | Scoop.it

A survey of 22,000 academic researchers by Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Palgrave Macmillan has found that a decreasing number of authors are concerned about perceptions of the quality of open access publications. (...) - Nature, 13 August 2015

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Full study available on figshare: http://figshare.com/articles/Author_Insights_2015_survey/1425362

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Crowdfunded Science Is Here. But Is It Legit Science?

Crowdfunded Science Is Here. But Is It Legit Science? | Open Science | Scoop.it
More and more scientists are turning to crowdfunding to get money to run their experiments.
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Finding funding for #research projects is a critical issue that threathed more than before the researchers from academia, R&D and even citizen scientists. With more than 30 platforms dedicated to science #crowdfunding, science projects reach more opportunities to get other sources of #fundraising. #openscience

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Finding funding for #research projects is a critical issue that threathed more than before the researchers from academia, R&D and even citizen scientists. With more than 30 platforms dedicated to science #crowdfunding, science projects reach more opportunities to get other sources of #fundraising. #openscience

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News Release: How to donate your body to science, without having to die: Launch of Open Humans Network

News Release: How to donate your body to science, without having to die: Launch of Open Humans Network | Open Science | Scoop.it

Open Humans” project backed by Knight and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation invites individuals to share their most personal health information to accelerate medical breakthroughs. (...) - Open Humans, by Jason Bobe, March 24, 2015

 

 

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To manage health and medicine, scientists need to handle lots of data. Scientists often have trouble recruiting enough test subjects to do powerful studies. To bridge this gap between citizen scientists and researchers conducting clinical trials an online platform called Open Humans has recently been launched thanks to $1 million in grants from nonprofit organizations. The Open Humans network is created after nearly a decade of work by researchers with the Harvard Personal Genome Project (PGP). The PGP collected DNA from thousands of people for use in studies, and made much of the data available to the public in the process. The platform aims to provide to the participants to learn their results and use their information to sign up for additional studies.

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A new open access infographic journal: Draw Science

A new open access infographic journal: Draw Science | Open Science | Scoop.it

Draw Science is making research articles accessible to all by transforming them into infographics. The information is summarized and visualized into easy-to-undertand schematics and images. The important message sticks, while distracting details are brushed away.  (...) - Blog "Connected Researcher", March 13, 2015

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The blog drawscience.org of Viputheshwar Sitaraman goes now to another level. It indeed turns to a #openaccess journal dedicated to publish research articles in a more way: #infographic. Each infographic will be freely accessible and with individual DOIs provided. The project has succeed its #crowdfunding campaign on experiment.com

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Open data could turn Europe’s digital desert into a digital rainforest

Applications include real-time translation and disease prediction.

 

Europe needs to pursue a different strategy from Silicon Valley if it is going to reap the social and economic benefits of big data, according to Dirk Helbing, Professor of Computational Social Science at ETH Zurich, who aims to create an open, real-time data stream from the Internet of Things. (...) – Horizon Magazine - European Commission, by Joanna Roberts, 02 February 2015

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We have already paid for science: we should enjoy it for free

We have already paid for science: we should enjoy it for free | Open Science | Scoop.it

Most scientific research is publicly funded, and yet we have to pay to access it. This absurd situation should not be allowed to continue. (...) - Magazine Ouishare, by Sara Rodriguez Marin, 25 February 2015

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Promote #openaccess for #openscience, #openresearch. and more generally #openknowledge.

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