March 31, 2017

Mozilla Science Newsletter: March 2017

Welcome to the Mozilla Science Newsletter! 
  • This month, our Mozilla Fellows traveled to GOSH and ran workshops on Python in Chile, curated sessions at our Montréal Working Open Workshop, coordinated BrainHack Global sites, and authored papers and blogs in promotion of reproducible science.
  • We hosted our second annual and super successful Working Open Workshop (WOW), March 10-11, in Montréal, Canada.
  • We announced our fourth bi-monthly Book Club on The Leap, April 17th, and starting prepping for our next Community Call on trust in research, April 13th.
  • We blogged about our exciting new funder, events like CSCW, OpenConSF, and our mentorship program for Google Summer of Code (GSOC).

Read on for more details on each of these items, plus events and news from the world of #openscience. 

= Community Call = 

This month, we matched our Book Club on The Leap to our Community Call themed around trust in science, April 13th, 2017. We will be joined by programmers, writers, and scientific researchers across disciplines to discuss methods of supporting fellow-researchers and fostering trustworthy research practice. 

^ [Insert Your Name Here] by joining our next call!

The call will feature some inspiring guests, plus updates from the Mozilla Science Lab and our epic cohort of science fellows:
  • Sucheta Ghoshal (@sucheta_ghoshal), Social Computing at Georgia Tech, on Open Science in the Public Interest, a platform for research, activism and scientific communication
  • Seamus Tuohy (@seamustuohy), Sr. Technologist & Risk Advisor at Internews on sourcing thread intelligence, crowdsourced resources for modeling risk 
  • Jon Hill (@jonxhill), Lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of York, on bridging ideological gaps between academia + open science 
  • Danielle Robinson (@daniellecrobins), OHSU, on assessing policy and advocacy for inclusive scientific societies 
  • Teon Brooks (@teon_io), Center for Reproducible Neuroscience, on organizing the March for Science and the #ScienceNotSilence campaign 
Our community call will have video this month!
See a topic related to trust not covered in this list? Reach out to Meanwhile, check out the etherpad for the notes mark your calendars for next month's Community Call on trust networks and building public integrity in #openscience, April 13th, 2017. 

= Fellows = 

In March, our fellows participated in our WOW in Montreal, organized events and hackathons, gave talks, and unlocked academic achievements of their own! Read about their updates in their résumés linked below, and check out their collaboratively-written blogpost on OpenCon.

Our awesome fellows at OpenCon-SF

= Study Groups = 

This month, we welcomed 12 new study group leads from all over the world! Introduce yourself in our open chat room for Study Group Leads to learn more and get involved. Want to sign up for the next orientation series, where you'll receive guided mentorship on building your study group? We'll be hosting it again in the coming months, stay tuned!

Our SG Learning Calls are fun ways to connect with the community, join us!

You are always welcome to join our next Study Group Learning Call, Friday April 7th, 11am ET, featuring updates from our Study Group leads. You can check out the etherpad here, our theme is "mentoring new community organizers" and sustaining your groups, and stay tuned for the tweets and Youtube cast. 

Each month, we also feature updates from a Study Group Lead. This month, we talked to Marcos who manages the Grupo de Estudos at the Universidade Federal de Alagoas (UFAL) in Brazil, read on about his Study Group here.

Marcos with his Study Group!

= Projects = 

With our Working Open Workshop at the beginning of March, we hosted a guided orientation for our #MozOpenLeaders, a program geared toward preparing open projects for our 2017 Global Sprint, and for sustainable contribution beyond our mentorship. You can check out the awesome featured projects, and start thinking about how you can use the online resources to craft more polished projects yourselves! Reach out to Abby with questions on how to get involved, as a mentor or a mentee:

Sneak peak of the awesome Open Leadership Training Site!

= From the Blog =

March was a month full of Mozilla Science Lab blogs and guest-posts! We concluded our Working Open Workshop with some awesome takeaways, photos, and reflections, announced our April Book Club with loads of reading suggestions and links about "trust" networks, and showcased the gracious support from our new funder: Siegel

Working Open Workshop #mozwow 2017 family photo! (courtesy of @hao_and_y)

For their part, our fellows co-authored a blog post about their experience together at Open Con San Francisco, and collected thoughts about why open science matters. For our part, the Science Lab staff blogged about our contribution to the ACM Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) conference, coordinating a workshop on participatory event development, and, excitedly announced our planning materials for our Google Summer of Code (GSOC) student mentorship program.

Check out our jazzy GSOC repository for student applicants!

Interested in sharing something on our blog as a guest author? Reach out to Aurelia:!

= Events = 

Join our Tweet Chat on April 17th, to discuss The Leap, see below for details!

WeRobot 2017 - Yale Law School, New Haven CT, USA
March 31-April 1, 2017

Learn about robotics, machine learning, public policy, and AI at this cool academic conference with Star Wars-esque graphics!

GSOC Deadline - Online
April 3, 2017

Prep your proposals for our plethora of Google Summer of Code (GSOC) projects; deadline for submission is April 3rd, 2017.
Research Data Alliance - Data Infrastructures for Open Science - Barcelona, Spain
April 5-7, 2017

RDA will be hosting their 9th plenary organized by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) with the support of RDA Europe. Aurelia of the Mozilla Science Lab team will be there, say "hi" (@auremoser). 

Open Source for Science + Innovation - Boston, Massachusetts
April 5, 2017 11:30am-5pm ET

Join this free symposium with plenty of tips on working open via our Open Leadership Cohort member, Kevin, or retweet his promotional message for the event.

Study Group Learning Call - Online
Friday, April 7, 2017 8am PT /11am ET / 3pm UTC

Join this month's Study Group Learning Call where we'll be talking about hosting Journal Clubs with your peer-community.

Community Call - Online
Thursday, April 13, 2017 8am PT /11am ET / 3pm UTC

This month's call addresses trust networks and research integrity. We'll be joined by writers, policy-makers, researchers, and privacy/security advocates to talk about what trust means to #openscience. Join us!

mini-WOW (Working Open Workshop) - Portland, USA
April 14-15, 2017

This mini-WOW takes our Working Open Workshop curriculum on the road to Portland, hosted by our Mozilla Fellows, Danielle Robinson and Teon Brooks, and focuses on creating maximally open and effective initiatives, and building active communities of contributors. This event is sponsored by Mozilla Science Lab, The OHSU Library, and Women in Science Portland.

Book Club Tweet Chat - Online
April 17, 2017

Join our continued discussion around "trust" in science and research with The Leap by Ulrich Boser. You can check out choice tweets from our previous tweet chat on Dear Data here.

March for Science - Washington D.C.
April 22nd

March in support of open, accessible, and well-supported science, and check out the satellite marches if you're not in the D.C. metro area.

Global Sprint - Online + at 30+ sites globally
June 1-2, 2017

Save the date for our annual Global Sprint, an opportunity to work on open source projects from the comfort of your local community! This year, our sprint expands to cover all issues related to Internet Health and the open web; we'll be supporting 30 sites and even more projects across the Mozilla Network. Stay tuned!

BOSC - Prague, Czech Republic
July 22-23, 2017

This year, the Bioinformatics Open Source Conference is back as part of the newly reorganized ISMB/ECCB conference. You can also have a look at last year’s site, which has a link to the complete program. Mozilla's Abby Cabunoc-Mayes (@abbycabs) will be speaking on a panel! Go and meet her!

Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) - Boston, Massachusetts 
August 30 – September 2, 2017
The conference is themed around sense and sensibilities, STS (In)Sensibilities, or how to articulate the (in)sensibilities of contemporary technoscience, in academia and activism.

Mozilla Festival - London, UK
October 27-29, 2017

We announced official dates for Mozfest! Mark your calendars and get ready join us for our festival celebrating the open web.

= Exciting Links =

Sign our Mozilla petition for open access to research!:
  • Campaign for #openscience - sign-up if you'd like access to publicly funded scientific research
  • Research Stash - a community driven list of tools and resources to help STEM researchers excel in their work
  • Building a DBMS in Academia - strategies and a literature review 
  • Setosa - complex things explained visually 
  • Issues - best practices in organizing and tagging Github issues 
  • Immersive Math - linear algebra explained visually 
  • Seeing Theory - a visual explanation of probability and statistics 
  • Graph Primer - a gentle introduction to graph theory 
  • Alt Metrics - a heavy report on metrics collected on open science 
  • The Gulf - reflections on the separation between open science advocacy and academia
  • Open Mind, Open Science - great speech discussing open science advocacy
  • Reproducibility toolkit - nice tooling guidelines for reproducibility in Jupyter
  • OpenData Protest - Peer-review activists push psychology journals toward open data
  • Paper review - a how-to guide to reviewing 
  • Peer-review - reflections on diversity and inclusion in peer review 
  • Terms and Conditions - open science activism to support transparency in peer-review confidentiality 
  • Jupyter Notebooks - methods for reproducible data science 
  • SciSoc - an introduction to social media for scientists
  • Paper vs Posts - top 10 reasons why blog posts are better than papers
  • Paleobiology database - explore by space, time and taxonomy 
  • Hurray for Psych - peer-review activists push psych journals towards open data 
  • Dealing with Rejection - some reflections on being turned down for data science jobs 
  • Science Open - a post publication peer review science success story 
  • Scrimba - nice set of editable tutorials for React 
  • Unpaywall - a new browser extension (only for Chrome right now :() that checks your papers for open access version availability on the web

Thanks for reading, and we'll post again next month, many times faster than some research publications!
Mozilla Science Lab