Open Science Summit 2011: Opening the Door to Innovation

Open Science Summit 2011: Opening the Door to Innovation

Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) August 24, 2011

On October 22-23, an expected 450 individuals will collect at Mountain View’s Computer History Museum, launching an initiative to make science more efficient, collaborative and productive.

No matter whether by sharing analysis data, publishing function to be freely accessible, supplying community access to lab space or collaborating across business, academia &amp society, men and women across the globe are enhancing science by opening up. Given the magnitude of our world’s unmet challenges, founder Joseph Jackson says “we must grasp this opportunity to embrace open science.” The advent of social networking amongst scientists, elevated public scrutiny and a revolution in computing speed have all had a hand in developing this historic moment.

“Open science represents a diverse type of science. With the advent of huge computational power, there is a new way to do science and that frequently goes hand and hand with openness – and if you go with the standard model, you are ossified.” – Tomas Goetz, Wired.

The Open Science Summit is the initial event of its type, uniting open science advocates of all disciplines: everybody from citizen scientists to academic researchers and multinational corporations. For all their differences, these groups share 1 ambition: to make scientific research far more public, sharable and scalable. Last year’s inaugural event saw over 300 attendees and nationwide media impact. This year, the Open Science Summit proves that Open Science is global and here to remain via the launch of the Open Science Alliance, an official coalition of these several complementary movements. The Alliance will launch a developer’s challenge this Spring, incentivizing students to develop solutions that benefit open science, as nicely as a number of joint publications and advocacy campaigns.

This year, open science has shown promise in crowd-sourcing clinical trials, determining interactions among genome-based and microbe-driven illnesses and even discovering lost loved ones members. This year’s Open Science Summit capabilities a medical research track, exploring 2010-11 innovations and a pitch session where startups will present their contributions to open science collaboration. Confirmed speakers incorporate lately-published Misha Angrist from Duke, Rade Drmanac, founder of Complete Genomics and Victoria Stodden, statistics professor at Columbia.

“Openness by far and away will win out if we actually measure individuals by their accurate contribution,” says Professor Jonathan Eisen. With that in thoughts, the Summit has a track devoted toward new ideas on giving researchers due credit – and due reward – in an open science program. Confirmed speakers for this track include James Love of Understanding Ecology International and David Thomson of UCSF. The summit also supplies two a lot more tracks: 1 dedicated to group issue-solving to address barriers to open science, and the other devoted to youth education and advocacy around opening up. Go to for more details.

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