[CODATA-international] Ask Me Anything Call On Open Life Science: Empowering Communities With Open* Principles. Wednesday, May 20th At 14:00-16:00 UTC / 10:00-11:00 EDT

Elli Papadopoulou elli.libd at gmail.com
Fri May 15 10:35:14 EDT 2020

Hello everyone,

We hope this email finds you well!

We are writing to invite you to yet another RDA
<https://www.rd-alliance.org/> ECEIG "Ask me Anything
meeting; the Early Career and Engagement Interest Group (ECEIG)
<https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/early-career-and-engagement-ig> has
been formed within RDA with a focus on connecting with and supporting early
career professionals both within and outside RDA. The "Ask me Anything"
meetings are hosted on a monthly basis, addressing topics that might be of
general interest to ECRs - this month's AMA is dedicated to:

Open Life Science: Empowering communities with open* principles

[image: ECEIG-OLS.png]

As scientists, we are provided training and guidance in how to conduct
research in the lab, design algorithms, analyse data and publish them.
However, scientists are rarely expected to apply important skills such as
open science principles for tooling and road mapping their projects,
planning reproducible workflows, involving others in their work, and
leading an inclusive community. Modern bioinformatics communities stand in
the interface of computational and biological research. This
interdisciplinary position requires us to develop collaborative projects by
implementing such “open by design” principles in our research projects
systematically -- skills that aren’t necessarily taught at university or
graduate school level.

This talk will introduce the Open Life Science <https://openlifesci.org/>
(OLS) program and report important observations and outcomes from running
the first cohort of the program. The talk will follow the same format as
the cohort calls.

More about the Open Life Science and the cohort calls

Open Life Science is a volunteer-driven training and mentoring program
aimed at empowering early career researchers and potential academic leaders
to become open science ambassadors. Participants join OLS with a proposal
to work on an open science project and attend a series of one-on-one
mentoring calls over 16 weeks, alternating with full cohort calls that
provide training on specific open science and leadership skills. OLS’s work
is underpinned by a community of over 50 mentors and expert guest speakers.

Cohort calls cover a broad spectrum of topics relevant to leading an open
project, ranging from open science topics, community building, project and
contribution management of GitHub repositories, and caring both for
yourself and others in your community. Calls are designed to be interactive
and engaging, utilising a mix of Zoom’s break-out room features to
facilitate group discussion, collaborative document editing, and guest
speakers from academia and industry giving short talks.

If you are interested in attending May’s AMA Call please note that
registration is required! Please register here:

Additional information:

The talk will be held online on Wednesday, May 20th at 14:00-16:00 UTC /
10:00-11:00 EDT

*Click here
find out the time of the event in your time zone.

Short bios of the speakers


   Bérénice is a bioinformatician (post-doc in the Freiburg Galaxy Team
   <https://galaxyproject.eu/freiburg/>), analyzing biological data and
   developing tools for data analysis, mainly via Galaxy
   <https://galaxyproject.org/>. Bérénice is also passionate about
   training, regularly giving workshops (data analysis, tool development,
   etc). She started and still co-leads the Galaxy Training Material project
   <https://training.galaxyproject.org/>. She is a co-deputy training
   coordinator for ELIXIR Germany (de.NBI <https://www.denbi.de/>), a Software
   Carpentry instructor <https://carpentries.org/> and a founder of Street
   Science Community <https://streetscience.community/>, an outreach
   program. With Yo Yehudi and Malvika Sharan, she founded and organizes the
   Open Life Science program.

   Yo is a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow
   <https://software.ac.uk/about/fellows/yo-yehudi>, founder of Code is
   Science <http://www.codeisscience.com/manifesto>, EngD student at the
   University of Manchester
   studying the effects of community and usabilty on open source software,
   editor for the PLOS Open Source Toolkit
   <https://channels.plos.org/open-source-toolkit>, board member of the Open
   Bioinformatics Foundation <https://www.open-bio.org/board/>, and a
   software developer at the University of Cambridge, working on an open
   source biological data warehouse called InterMine <http://intermine.org/>

Twitter handles

Open Life Science: @openlifesci

Bérénice Batut @bebatut

Yo Yehudi @yoyehudi

Looking forward to talking with you!

The Early Career and Engagement Interest Group (ECEIG) co-chairs,

Devan Ray Donaldson, Fotis Psomopoulos and Elli Papadopoulou
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