Sunday, August 28, 2011

Open Science - SFD 2011

For the third year I was invited to give a talk at Software Freedom Day @ Alexandria University 2011 and I wanted to talk about something that links what I am doing now (I am a research assistant at E-JUST) and open source so I started researching Open Source Science.

Starting from the fact that I use a lot of open source modules and packages in my work developed by others and put on the internet for everyone to use. I began to understand the wider concept of open science which aims at enabling everyone who is willing to participate in any scientific endeavor to have a part in it.

Facilitated by the internet, ideas, tasks, documents, code, scientific data and even videos of experiments are shared by the project's coordinator for anyone to participate in anyway and every way possible. And the results are amazing !!

My main goal from the presentation and this post is to show how openness can boost research either by using the collective intelligence of all participants (as in the PolyMath project or InnoCentive) or reducing the time or the resources need as in science for citizens organization.

Other aspects of open science include making all the products of scientific projects available to the public for everyone to learn from and build on, saving money and time for other projects.

One of the best introduction you can have to open science is the presentation made by Michael Nielsen at TEDxWaterloo.



Also below is the presentation I gave at Software Freedom Day @ Alexandria University 2011.



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