Research Remix

February 8, 2008

Letter of support for PSB session on Open Science

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Dear PSB organizers,

I fully support the proposal for a session on Open Science at PSB 2009, and commit to submitting a research paper on data sharing and reuse.

The specific research topic will be derived from my doctoral dissertation, related to measuring the prevalence, patterns, causes, benefits, and motivations for biomedical data sharing and reuse.  I have a previous publication in this area (“Sharing Detailed Research Data Is Associated with Increased Citation Rate” at PLoS ONE), a few posters (including one at PSB 2008), and several papers in draft.  The paper will be co-authored with Dr Wendy Chapman.

I believe that Open Science definitely constitutes a “hot topic” within biocomputing, and has the potential to fundamentally change the way we think about our work.  The topic is relevant to data producers and data consumers, biologists and computer scientists, all with varied perspectives.

Discussion and measurement of benefits, hurdles, progress, and best practices could (and is) taking place in blogs, the popular press, Birds-of-a-Feather sessions, and scattered research papers.  A session at PSB would be a unique opportunity to give this emerging meta-approach the serious examination it deserves.

Thank you for considering this proposal.


Heather Piwowar
Doctoral Student
Department of Biomedical Informatics
University of Pittsburgh

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