Research Remix

July 24, 2007

Messy Notes on Open Notebook Science

Filed under: BOF, ISMB — Heather Piwowar @ 4:58 am

In anticipation of the ISMB BoF session on Open Notebook Science (ONS),
I’m trying to come up to speed on ONS discourse.  In between ISMB
sessions, I’ve started consolidating snippets of blog
posts and articles discussing ONS into a single document (in the open here).  It obviously relies heavily on work from Bill Hooker and Jean-Claude Bradley:  Thank you.   Following the advice to
“make a mess in your zero draft,” the current version isn’t very good
reading.  I have many more links to comb, and then I’ll start pulling it
together and making a first-draft (aka human-readable version).  I’ll
post again once it gets to that state.


  1. Heather,
    Awesome resource you’ve gathered here! I’ve added it right under Bill Hooker’s on our main page.

    In terms of the example you used at the end (docking experiments), it would probably be clearer if you used the table of contents to the laboratory experiments that any chemist should recognize as a typical lab notebook:

    Comment by Jean-Claude Bradley — July 24, 2007 @ 5:44 am

  2. Excellent work, looking forward to meeting you on Wednesday,


    Comment by peanutbutter — July 24, 2007 @ 6:22 am

  3. […] taking a break this morning from the ISMB talks and note-taking, it occurred to me that perhaps the best prep I could do for the ONS BoF was to talk to the journal […]

    Pingback by Conversation with BMC on Open Notebook Science « Research Remix — July 24, 2007 @ 7:03 am

  4. Very good notes. Feel free to participate on the Nodalpoint wiki page on the same subject ( I think you are very well ahead of what is there already.
    In terms of motivation for open notebook science I once created this presentation were I try to argue that there is a strong connection between modularity and evolvability in evolving systems. Open Notebook Science has this strong benefit of increasing the modularity of publishing.

    Comment by Pedro Beltrao — July 24, 2007 @ 10:50 am

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