Back at home after a lovely cycling vacation along the Danube with my family.
Quick summary of the Birds of a Feather on Open Notebook Science (ONS) at ISMB:
The session was during a short lunchtime on the last day, thus not ideal for high attendence. Nonetheless, about 10 young scientists attended (including Frank and Matt, what fun to meet in person), and we had an interesting discussion.
- many of us, but not all, had heard of ONS previously. Nobody doing it.
- challenges specific to bio/biomed/informatics:
- sharing details about invasive animal experiments on the open internet could (and has) lead to harassment
- privacy issues with clinical data (comment: would first be fired then sued)
- maybe ways around this, share lots but not everything, model how it is handled in publications, etc
- general points:
- more “errors” are bound to be found, will need a new publishing paradigm to deal with this
- process for assessing research is disjoint from these practices, though changes are underway
- only valid in areas where no potential commercial benefit, otherwise universities won’t allow?
- might encourage informal peer review, thus raising the quality of submissions and helping the investigators
- young investigators just can’t risk being scooped
- time-marked stake in the sand a reasonable defense? Parallels with patent law.
- will need social change
- fear of scooping perhaps more pervasive than it occurring
- yet a first-hand example in the room of being scooped from a rejected grant application
- flip side: if someone realizes that other good investigators are already working on something and n months ahead, they may forgo it and do something else
- flip side: potential collaborations
- thoughts that the benefits may start outweighing the risks after the work is already well underway, as opposed to just being started
- at the end of the session (generalizing) most in the room felt that ONS is interesting to think about, hard to pull off, perhaps possible as small steps, social change required.
Thanks to everyone who attended. I enjoyed meeting you, and learned from the different perspectives in the conversation.
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