As scientists and researchers develop new and better methods for collecting data, from new sensor technology to advancements in data mining techniques, the sheer volume of data to be analyzed grows accordingly. For big data, you need big clusters, and OpenStack has proven to be an important tool... Read more
References and citations are what make the scientific and academic worlds go round. Everyone has their own system for keeping track of their research, from dumping everything onto a desk, to dumping everything into a folder (I like to call this the Pensky Method), to dumping everything into folders... Read more
The scientific journal, Nature Methods, has made a transformation. From closed to open, the journal now embraces open science practices with the purpose of enabling true reproducible research. This is an account of how this transformation came to be.
Since the launch last June of Mozilla Science Lab, we’ve been working to unpack what science on the web and like the web means, and what Mozilla can do to support it.
It takes a lot of courage to speak up in front of more than 5,000 people about something close to your heart. Especially when your stage is a company-wide email list within Red Hat (called memo-list) where everyone from engineers to interns to the CEO are reading and having their say. Nonetheless,... Read more
When it comes to opening up your work there is, ironically, a bit of a secret. Here it is: being open—in open science, open source software, or any other open community—can be hard. Sometimes it can be harder than being closed. In an effort to attract more people to the cause, advocates of openness... Read more
In late November 2012, the Open Source Malaria (OSM) team gained a new member who lived and worked almost 1700 kilometers away from the synthetic chemistry hub at the University of Sydney. Of course, collaboration across continents is not unusual for scientists, but until recently, recruitment in... Read more
A couple of years ago, I needed an oscilloscope for a fun electronics project I was working on: a 500W Tesla coil. I'd already spent quite a bit of money importing a kit of parts for the project from the United States, so the budget for the scope was pretty tight.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Rebecca Lawrence of F1000Research about how they use new ways of publishing scientific research. They do things quite differently to even the average open access journal in science, with a strong focus on life sciences in a very open way. Some things that... Read more
Open source news for your reading pleasure. May 31 - June 6, 2014 In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we look at newly available open health data, an open source email encryption tool from Google, and more.