workshop on finding and re-using open scientific resources

The Workshop on Finding and Re-using Open Scientific Resources (cf. last week’s announce) took place on Saturday at the London Knowledge Lab.

The day started with a discussion of various aspects of openness in educational and research materials – alluding to open access, open data and the Open Knowledge Definition. This was followed by brainstorming about existing open resources and tools for discovery.

After lunch discussion turned to guidelines for making knowledge open, and to advocacy for open science. We came up with a ‘recipe’ for opening up content and data – and talked about a possible ‘unlocking service’ to request material be made open, or at least for licensing status to be clarified.

People were also interested in creating very brief ‘information packs’ for different domains (chemistry, bioinformatics, climate research…) about the benefits of openness. Peter Murray-Rust and Cameron Neylon both expressed an interest in contributing to these.

For further notes/documentation, see:

All in all it was an interesting workshop – and we have come away with some good ideas about how we can continue to support and promote openness in science. Watch this space!

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Dr. Jonathan Gray is Lecturer in Critical Infrastructure Studies at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, where he is currently writing a book on data worlds. He is also Cofounder of the Public Data Lab; and Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam) and the médialab (Sciences Po, Paris). More about his work can be found at and he tweets at @jwyg.

2 thoughts on “After the Workshop on Open Scientific Resources”

  1. Dear Jonathan

    Well done for your excellent follow-up of yet another super event! Can’t wait for more!!!

    I’m seriously pursuing an Open Image site and have gathered advice for the right tool. So THANK YOU for that inspiration into Open Action! :)

    With best wishes for your Open writing and clicking elbows,


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