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Thursday, November 16

9:00am PST

Coffee & registration
Thursday November 16, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am PST

9:30am PST

Welcoming remarks
Thursday November 16, 2017 9:30am - 9:45am PST

9:45am PST

Sierra Williams: Openness across the research lifecycle: publication, dissemination and impact
Research is a social process. Unfortunately, the primary mechanisms for communicating research have not always reflected this responsibility. This talk will explore how and why researchers are turning towards wider open research publication practices, connecting with a growing network of interested collaborators and readers, and getting their research out there through blogs and social media. The benefits are apparent but there are still a number of barriers to a vibrant scholarly communication ecosystem. Institutions and publishers must work together to support efficient scholarly communication across the research lifecycle.


Thursday November 16, 2017 9:45am - 10:15am PST

10:15am PST

Talk by Tapoka Mkandawire
TBC - Open access, and the developing world

Thursday November 16, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am PST

10:45am PST

Thursday November 16, 2017 10:45am - 11:00am PST

11:00am PST

Laurent Gatto: The Bullied Into Bad Science Campaign
The Bullied Into Bad Science (http://bulliedintobadscience.org/) campaign is an initiative by early career researchers (ECRs) for early career researchers who aim for a fairer, more open and ethical research and publication environment. We will provide some history as to how the campaign started, share some of our motivations and ambitions, and discuss plans for the future.

Thursday November 16, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am PST

11:30am PST

Queen B problem solving exercise

This is a group networking activity that aims to crowdsource answers to your issues or problems. These would ideally be issues/problems around ‘open’ but could be anything you like! Participants form groups of 3 (or 4 depending on size of crowd). One person (the Queen Bee) explains to the others in their group what their problem is for 2 minutes. Everyone in the group spread out to talk to others in the room to find answers to the Queen Bee’s problems for 5 mins. The groups then regroup and feedback to the Queen Bee for 2 minutes. The next person in the group then gets to be Queen Bee and have their problem solved.

The timings can be flexed to fit our schedule. Everyone will need three or four bits of paper for taking notes and a pen.

Thursday November 16, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm PST

12:00pm PST

Danny Kingsley: Hitting a moving target in OA advocacy
This is a pep talk for people interested in open access advocacy. It will first identify potential target audiences and consider the value of talking to these groups. Where is the greatest bang for buck? Identifying the messages that work requires a consideration of the perspective of your audience. Where are these people coming from? Indeed, which messages work for whom? What evidence do you need to support those claims? The arguments are changing and while the ‘Benefits of OA’ graphic is still relevant attention is moving towards reproducibility. How do you ‘sell’ Open Research?

Thursday November 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm PST

12:30pm PST

Thursday November 16, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm PST

1:15pm PST

Focus group discussions
Thursday November 16, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm PST

2:15pm PST

Focus group report out
Thursday November 16, 2017 2:15pm - 2:45pm PST

2:45pm PST

Thursday November 16, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm PST

3:15pm PST

Christie Bahlai: Opening the lab door
One of the perverse ironies of open science is that, as we try to build better infrastructure for reproducibility and openness, we create barriers to new users through steep learning curves, changing cultures, and blind spots for their constraints. As a new PI, I’m working to address openness from a technological and human side- and I’m doing it in public, so you can learn from my mistakes!

Thursday November 16, 2017 3:15pm - 3:45pm PST

3:45pm PST

Eliot Higgins: The Open Source Investigation Revolution
Examining the rapidly growing field of open source investigation with one of the leaders in the field, including its growing use by the public to explore a range of topics, and its growth in fields including journalism, advocacy, activism, policing, and justice and accountability.

Thursday November 16, 2017 3:45pm - 4:15pm PST

4:15pm PST

Closing remarks
Thursday November 16, 2017 4:15pm - 4:30pm PST

4:30pm PST

Drinks reception
Thursday November 16, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm PST