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The road to Open Science

Sunday, 11 September 19:00 - 20:00
Room: Musensaal (Saal 2.0)


The term ‘Open Science’ encompasses much more than Open Access: it promises efficient access to all meaningful research outputs. The European Council has mandated a rapid transition to Open Science. To be sure, much useful and even important data is currently neither archived nor shared in the pursuit of ‘breakthrough science’ and ‘conceptual advance’. This includes negative data, confirmatory data, refuting data and descriptive data. Furthermore, data is rarely shared in a form that renders it usable by others, allowing reanalysis, reinterpretation and replication. Communication in the biosciences is largely restricted to the publication of papers in selective journals, deposition in a limited set of databases and informal communication at conferences.

At the same time, we face questions about the reliability and reproducibility of published results and even the most robust dataset is of limited value in unstructured form without essential metadata and experimental information.

We need to resource mechanisms and open platforms that allow the archiving and discoverability of structured, machine readable and curated data and metadata.

This panel will critically discuss what is required for an Open Science future that renders research more efficient and effective. Concrete examples of emergent open science infrastructure relevant to the biosciences will be provided. 

Iain Mattaj, EMBL Heidelberg, DE
Barend Mons, Elixir-NL | Leiden University Medical Center, NL
Jessica Polka, ASAPbio | Harvard Medical School, US
Jason Swedlow,  Open Microscopy Environment | University of Dundee, UK
Thomas Lemberger, EMBO SourceData | Molecular Systems Biology, Heidelberg DE

Bernd Pulverer, EMBO Press | The EMBO Journal, Heidelberg DE