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May 13, 2013

My champions of Open Science

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heather Piwowar @ 10:56 am

We have a huge and valuable opportunity to honor hard work and dedication in our community:  the White House is calling for nominations for “Open Science” Champions of Change.

Awards matter.  They feel good, they help people get taken seriously, and they make it easier to get funding.  Let’s run with this opportunity!

Nominations must be in by May 14 2013 (tomorrow!) and you can nominate as many people and organizations as you like.  It isn’t clear, but it seems like multiple people will be honored.  The nominator and nominated must be both be affiliated with a US address.  Under “Theme of Service,” choose “Open Science”.

Here are my personal open science champions of change.  I hesitated to post this, because of course the list isn’t complete: I’ve got a bad memory so I’ve no doubt forgotten many, it is likely skewed to people whose tweets and blog posts I’ve recently read, and it emphasizes my biomed-centric, research data, coding, textmining view of the world.  That said, just because I can’t do it all is no reason not to make a start, right?  (what is the real quote for that?  open science words to live by if there ever were any), so here’s a go:

  • peter suber
  • vitek tracz
  • bmc
  • mike eisen
  • plos
  • john wilbanks
  • creative commons
  • heather joseph
  • sparc
  • mike carroll
  • jason hoyt
  • pete binfield
  • peerj
  • mendeley
  • alf eaton
  • iain hrynaszkiewicz
  • cameron neylon
  • f1000research
  • jean-claude bradley
  • peter murray-rust
  • john ioannidis
  • victoria stodden
  • @gavialib library loon
  • barbara fister
  • jenica rogers
  • dorothea salo
  • amy buckland
  • john dupuis
  • joe kraus
  • abigail goben
  • rosie redfield
  • mike taylor
  • timothy gower
  • arxiv
  • jdap
  • todd vision
  • dryad
  • figshare
  • icpsr
  • github, twitter, friendfeed, RSS, google reader
  • wikipedia
  • R, hadley wickam, knitr, ropensci
  • scienceexchange reproducability initiative
  • sherpa romeo
  • bill hooker
  • geoff bilder
  • mark patterson
  • ian mulvany
  • bjoern brembs
  • martin fenner
  • ojs
  • orcid
  • catherine ball
  • mit open courseware
  • campus OA mandates
  • max haussler
  • david shotton
  • ross mounce
  • scott edmunds
  • egon willighagen
  • dcc
  • jisc
  • ris
  • okfn
  • ands
  • pmc, ncbi, eutils
  • california digital library
  • @openscience
  • @oatp
  • trials, and others with open peer review
  • ben goldacre
  • carl boettiger, jon eisen, antony williams, steven roberts, ethan white, titus brown
  • wellcome trust
  • sloan foundation
  • jason priem
  • impactstory :)
  • @fakeelsevier
  • aaron swartz
  • and all the unnamed people who push behind the scenes on open initiatives everywhere

ok, I’d better stop there.  I have some nominating to do.

Who are your champions of open science?  Do add in comments… and if they have a US affiliation, don’t forget to nominate them!



  1. Thank you, Heather. I’m honored.

    Comment by Dorothea Salo — May 13, 2013 @ 11:01 am

  2. Yipes. Thanks – though my science credentials are way more skimpy than most of these folks’.

    Comment by Barbara — May 13, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

  3. Open science is team science. Collaboration, sharing, re-use, standing on the shoulders of giants, doing what we can to see further. I have no idea how they’re going to pick just one person (the form seemed to indicate that?). Open science is a community.

    All the above are worthy winners!

    Comment by Ross Mounce (@rmounce) — May 13, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

  4. Michael Nielsen, Alex Holcombe, Matt Todd, Fabiana Kubke for a few more…?
    None of them have a current US address I’d imagine, but let’s not let that small matter stop us!

    Comment by Ross Mounce (@rmounce) — May 13, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

  5. Impossibru! Open science isn’t about celebrating one person’s achievements – it’s been a community-led and inspired thing from day one. If I *had* to pick, it would be either Mike T or Ross (aka, the Mouncenator ;) ), as they’re both members of my sci-community and have taught me a lot personally. But they’re both Brits! But as I’m not in the US, I can’t vote either! And I’ve just seen Ross’ comment, so will nod, and agree – everyone on that list is a legend of open science!

    And I’d like to nominate Cameron to have the nickname OAngel after his repeated slamming of non-evidence informed publishers recently in the House of Commons ;)

    Comment by protohedgehog — May 13, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

  6. I’ll suggest Bora Zivkovic, Anton Zuiker and Karyn Traphagen.

    Comment by John Dupuis — May 13, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

  7. Thanks for mentioning Mendeley, Heather!

    Comment by drgunn — May 13, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

  8. suggested to me via email: Daniel Mietchen is Wikimedian in Residence on Open Science. How cool is that for a title? :)

    Comment by Heather Piwowar — May 14, 2013 @ 8:15 am

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