Open Science Barcamp


“The open society, the unrestricted access to knowledge, the unplanned and uninhibited association of men for its furtherance ­ these are what may make a vast, complex, ever growing, ever changing, ever more specialized and expert technological world, nevertheless a world of human community.” - J. Robert Oppenheimer

Open science and open research aims to make scientific research more transparent and accessible to anybody, amateur or professional, with or without academic affiliation. In many ways it is similar to free and open source software and creative commons movements. Researchers interested in open science strive to make clear and freely available accounts of their methodology, along with any original and derived data supporting research findings and claims. This approach permits unprecedented levels of collaboration and trust in the outcomes of scientific projects. Like all other social phenomena, open science has advocates and adversaries, truth and controversies, which we need to discuss in a barcamp style unconference. This barcamp invites all the members of the academic community to come, share and discuss their experiences, problems and ideas on how to support open science and open access to knowledge and data over various components: open lab notebook, open data, open source (scientific software), open access (to academic publications) etc. What should come next after open­access archives and journals such as arXiv and the Public Library of Science (PLoS), collaborative blogs (MathOverflow), social networks (Mendeley, Academia, ResearchGate)? What are some new trends? How to support and improve open science?

Dates: 8th March 2013, 4pm - 10pm

Venue: Seminar Room 4 & 5 (Tembusu Learn Lobe, Tembusu College)


The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.