WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 Day 3, Phil Bourne on the Era of Open

This final day of WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 opened with a keynote by Phil Bourne, professor at UCSD and co-founding editor of the PLoS journal on computational biology. Key takeaways are that openness has the power to deinstitutionalize science, disrupt trad. academic evaluation, that open access is thriving but needs a business model, and that we need a new research life-cycle.

Phil also critizised that there is no accountability for actually making your research work reproducible—once the student leaves, the research data is gone as well, despite best intentions laid out in grant proposals.

To address all these issues and improve science and the world, we need to build more trust in the community, which has many supporting pillars, but needs to be built over time. These and many more insights can be found in his slides, available online.

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