I have a 700 word maximum (right now at 633) and would like to expand on these ideas a little bit more, but really don’t know what I can add without sounding pompous. How well do I meet the criteria set in the score sheet as seen here? Comment here to let me know what you think of the scoring.

Introduction: The open science movement is revolutionizing the way scientists uncover and share information. ScienceOnline is the leading conference for scientists and science bloggers engaged in science education using 21st century tools. I am a fifth year PhD student in the Physics and Astronomy department seeking funding for travel to ScienceOnline 2012, which took place January 18-20, 2012. I presented a session entitled, “Open Notebook Science,” which is a major focus of my dissertation that explains the failures of traditional publishing and how to enhance scientific information using modern online tools to promote “real-time” publication.

Motivation: The open science movement has been gaining traction in recent months as it promotes open access to publicly funded research. In the scientific community it is typically customary to reveal discoveries only through peer-reviewed publications. Open science is about sharing scientific discoveries, both positive and negative, through other means than just peer-review.

Open notebook science is a subset of this practice, where one shares as much scientific information as possible on a day-to-day basis. Scientists can thus trace information from the data all the way to the ideas that led to an experiment easily, which improves reproducibility and transparency. Open notebook science can accelerate the research cycle and promote innovation by removing barriers to the dissemination of scientific information.

All of my research is kept in an open notebook, and I am becoming a widely known and respected practitioner of open notebook science. I strive to educate fellow scientists on open notebook science practices, dispel the fears associated with being open, and demonstrate the most cutting-edge tools to keep an open notebook. My presentation on open notebook science focused on these principles explained through examples drawn directly from personal experience. There was active discussion with the audience where I provided insight into the tools available for keeping an electronic notebook, current best practices for keeping an open notebook, and publishing scientific data traditionally while maintaining an open notebook.

Benefits: Attending this conference has expanded my network and knowledge of open science infrastructure by leaps and bounds. Because of ScienceOnline, I was in contact with several innovators for open science that have since sparked collaborations. Mark Hahnel, founder of FigShare, and I spoke about the benefits of open access data to open science and improvements to FigShare that will make it easy for peers to share data openly. Brian Glanz, founder of Open Science Federation, and I have begun an open notebook repository initiative to organize and promote all labs participating in open notebook science. Jean-Claude Bradley, another prominent open notebook scientist, and I are beginning a scientific collaboration to organize a database of deuterated effects on living organisms. I also interacted with Trevor Owens of the Library of Congress to discuss and provide feedback on initiatives for archiving scientific information on the web.

Through these and other interactions, my lab and UNM has been established as key components of the open science movement. My lab is the one of the few groups at UNM that contributes to the open science movement and I’m dedicated to educating the UNM scientific community that this movement is ideal for long-term scientific prosperity. My presence in the university makes UNM a leading open science institution and I strive to enhance that reputation dramatically by getting other groups involved.

I also hope to educate the local community about open science and citizen science initiatives, which in turn will make research at UNM more inclusive and accessible. In my current endeavors, I explain scientific information without technical language so that anyone can understand the research that my lab is undertaking. I hope that through these means I can encourage the New Mexican community to contribute meaningful information to the research that is conducted in my lab and eventually all the labs at the University of New Mexico.


My lab’s overhead account is the only other legitimate source of funding.  My PI was able to pay for the hotel, but not airfare and registration out of this account.

Airfare - $445.20 to be paid by SRAC

Hotel - $401.40 paid by PI

Registration - $54.80 to be paid by SRAC, $45.20 paid out of pocket

Per Diem - N/A meals provided by conference