The organizers of the recent iEvoBio meeting have asked for a summary of the Birds-of-a-Feather session. I didn’t take notes, but here is a start:
About 10 people participated in the BoF that merged the three sign-up topics “open notebook science”, “data sharing and reuse”, and “data citations and a culture of credit.”
We had an energetic and wide-ranging discussion that included participation from people with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and opinions. A few of the topics included:
- the variants of open notebook science and how they are supported (or undersupported, in some cases) by Open Wet Ware
- the need to publish minimal data slices to prevent scooping, particularly for some datatypes, and how it can lead to misinterpretation of the data by others
- whether data-producing authors should be contacted as collaborators for reuse
- the fact that credit is essential, yet so is remembering that our jobs are fundamentally to contribute to scientific progress
- support for dynamic CV that included up-to-date reuse metrics for articles, data, and nontraditional outputs.
If you were there, do you have things to add? Respond in the comments or on twitter with #ievobioBof .
I learned a lot from the perspectives of others in the discussion: looking forward to more conversations at future meetings.