rOpenSci Hackathon 2014

(Ramnath) Open Science
essentially facilitates a much more rapid distribution of ideas. And I think much more rapid development
of new concepts. GitHub
Presents in association with
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and F1000 Research rOpenSci Hackathon 2014 (Karthik Ram) This event
is a collection of people who are academics,
who are graduate students, who are post docs,
who are professional researchers, professional software developers. And all these people
are working on various aspects that can really improve science. ♪ (upbeat music) ♪ (Carl Boettiger) I got started
with rOpenSci three years ago now when I was working
on a problem accessing phylogenetic trees from the Internet
and came across Scott talking on his blog about
doing something quite similar. And we decided
we should put our heads together. There’s a lot of these kinds of
scientific repositories online that are just not
readily available to users. And we can build a kind of pipeline
to bridge the gap between the scientific infrastructure
and the researcher. (Max Odgen) I’m primarily a programmer
so all the collaboration that I know is how programmers collaborate,
things like Git and GitHub and sending pull requests to each other,
except science doesn’t have Git yet. It needs things like Git
that make the collaboration scale to a global contributor network. (Ramnath) We have a lot to learn
from the open source movement, from the software development movement. Their workflows are optimized.
They make it easy so that people can
collaborate on code. They’re more productive when it comes to
how they write and share. (Karthik Ram) The motivation
for getting people together is to build tools, is to build
new collaborations, and to foster a new community
of researchers who are developing these kinds of tools. (Hilary Parker) I’m working on
this test.dat package, which is going to be a suite of functions
for quality control checks for your data frames
when you first load them and then also, a suite of functions
for correcting those problems. (Ciera Martinez) Right now,
I’m working on a guide to reproducibility. I went through, talked to a lot of people,
looked through discussions that people were already having,
compiled that. And then, I’m working with
a few people remotely who are actually not even here,
and we are compiling all that contentso it can be available to whoever needs it.(Ted Hart) One of the things
we do a lot with rOpenSci, is we have all these databases of
species occurrence data. We can make these maps
where you have lots of points on them. But one of the things is
if you have a thousand points on the map, it gets really cluttered
and doesn’t look very good so I added an extension which allows
all those points to cluster. And we really feel like this allows people
to get their data out there and communicate it with the general public. – So what is this here?
– This is just data maps. – These are data maps.
– More maps and … (Karthik Ram) The OpenScience community
is really, really important for the future of science. Most of the challenges we have
with reproducibility, with transparency, with being able to
build off of other people’s research, all stems from the fact that
a lot of research objects are simply not open. In the last few years, I’ve seen
the Open Science Movement get bigger and bigger. And the kinds of social change
we’re promoting among scientists can really transform science
and help us do more with the kind of resources that we have. ♪ (music) ♪ More at ♪ (music) ♪

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3 thoughts on “rOpenSci Hackathon 2014

  1. I noticed that all of the projects (I saw) that were in development were primarily code development with useful science applications. 

    I wonder if they are trying to edge their way into a completely open Academia or just to Open Source the code. If it's the former, I might need to think about it a little longer. If it's the latter, I am definitely willing to help!

  2. We’re improving GitHub for Science with a new guide, citable code for academic software, and free research accounts:

    We’ve also just released a new video about one of our favorite science projects on GitHub, rOpenSci – check it out below. #openscience #opendata

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