Open Research: Rethinking Scientific Collaboration

Conference Date: 
Monday, March 26, 2018 (All day) to Wednesday, March 28, 2018 (All day)
Scientific Areas: 
Other

 

Scientific inquiry in the 21st century is beset with inefficiencies: a flood of papers not read, theories not tested, and experiments not repeated; a narrow research agenda driven by a handful of high-impact journals; a publishing industry that turns public funding into private profit; the exclusion of many scientists, particularly in developing countries, from cutting-edge research; and countless projects that are not completed for lack of skilled collaborators. These are all symptoms of a major communication bottleneck within the scientific community; the channels we rely on to share our ideas and findings—especially peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings—are inadequate to the scale and scope of modern science.

The practice of open research—doing science on a public platform that facilitates collaboration, feedback, and the spread of ideas—addresses these concerns. Open-source science lowers barriers to entry, catalyzing new discoveries. It fosters the real-time sharing of ideas across the globe, favoring cooperative endeavor and complementarity of thought rather than wasteful competition. It reduces the influence of publishing monopolies, enabling a new credit attribution model based on contributions made rather than references accrued. Overall, it democratizes science while creating a new standard of prestige: quality of work, instead of quantity of output.

This workshop will bring together a diverse group of researchers, from fields as diverse as physics, biology, computer science, and sociology, committed to open-source science. Together, we will review the lessons learnt from various pioneering initiatives, such as the Polymath project and Data for Democracy. We will discuss the opportunity to build a new tool, similar to the software development platform GitHub, to enable online collaborative science. We will consider the challenges associated with the adoption of such a tool by our peers and discuss ways to overcome them. Finally, we will sketch a roadmap for the actual development of that tool.

To register for this event, please click here.

 

  • Simon DeDeo, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Nicolás Erdödy, Open Parallel Ltd.
  • Benedikt Fecher, Alexander von Humboldt Institute
  • Thomas Landrain, La Paillasse & Just One Giant Lab
  • Andrew Mao, CTRL Labs
  • Tobias Mistele, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Jonathon Morgan, Data For Democracy
  • Rosie Redfield, University of British Columbia
  • Arfon Smith, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Agata Branczyk, Perimeter Institute
  • Sylvain Carrozza, Perimeter Institute
  • Simon DeDeo, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Maite Dupuis, Perimeter Institute
  • Nicolás Erdödy, Open Parallel Ltd.
  • Benedikt Fecher, Alexander von Humboldt Institute
  • Marc Geiller, Perimeter Institute
  • Markus Hauru, Perimeter Institute
  • Ryszard Kostecki, University of Warsaw
  • Thomas Landrain, La Paillasse & Just One Giant Lab
  • Matheus Lobo, Federal University of Tocantins
  • Niamh Maher, Perimeter Institute
  • Andrew Mao, CTRL Labs
  • Ashley Milsted, Perimeter Institute
  • Tobias Mistele, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Sebastian Mizera, Perimeter Institute
  • Jonathon Morgan, Data For Democracy
  • Moritz Munchmeyer, Perimeter Institute
  • Rosaria Nakashima, Federal University of Tocantins
  • Chiamaka Okoli Nwosu, Perimeter Institute
  • Nestor Ortiz, Perimeter Institute
  • Yuchen Pei, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Rosie Redfield, University of British Columbia
  • Jess Riedel, Perimeter Institute
  • Aldo Riello, Perimeter Institute
  • Erik Schnetter, Perimeter Institute
  • Mohamad Shalaby, Perimeter Institute
  • Matteo Smerlak, Perimeter Institute
  • Arfon Smith, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Sebastian Steinhaus, Perimeter Institute
  • Bapu Vaitla, Harvard University

If you are an invited speaker to this event, Perimeter Institute staff will contact you to coordinate ground transportation arrangements on your behalf.

If you need transportation while attending the conference, we offer suggestions below. If flying, we suggest that you book your flight to arrive at Toronto International Airport (YYZ) or the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF).

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Note: One or more passengers can split this $160.00 rate.

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Car Rentals Upon arrival in any of the terminals at Pearson International Airport there are a number of car rental agencies to choose from. Their booths are located on the arrivals level. The cost of a car rental is dependent upon the type of vehicle you would like and the length of the stay. 

Driving Directions 

  • From the airport, follow signs for Highway 427 South/Highway 401.  
  • Continue to follow signs for Highway 401 West - London. 
  • Proceed West on Highway 401. 
  • Exit Highway 401 at Highway 8 West. 
  • Take exit 278 (Highway 8 West) and follow 8 West for 5 km to Highway 85, towards Highway 7 East.
  • Proceed on Highway 85 for 5 km to Bridgeport Road exit. Turn right at the off-ramp, traveling west. 
  • Follow Bridgeport Road for 2 km into downtown Waterloo. 
  • Bridgeport is a four-lane one-way road. It becomes Caroline Street at Albert Street. Continue straight ahead. 
  • Travel forward another 200 metres, but ease over into the right-hand lane. As you go down a hill and around a curve, look for the green Perimeter Institute sign on the right hand side. The parking lot entrance is just after the sign (past the historic grist mill that sits on the edge of Silver Lake). 
  • Turn right into the PI parking lot entrance.

    Please note that parking is extremely limited at Perimeter Institute and you must have a parking permit to park in the lot long term.

If you are an invited speaker to this event, Perimeter Institute staff will contact you to coordinate hotel accommodations on your behalf.

If you need accommodations while attending the conference, we offer suggestions for lodging below.  When booking your reservation, please indicate that you will be attending a conference at Perimeter in order to receive the best possible rate.

Delta Waterloo 110 Erb Street West Waterloo, ON N2L 0C6
Phone: 1-888-890-3222
Distance from PI: 450 m

Waterloo Hotel 2 King Street North Waterloo, ON N2J 2W7
Phone: 519-885-2626
Distance from PI: 500 m

Comfort Inn 190 Weber Street North Waterloo, ON N2J 3H4
Phone: 519-747-9400
Distance from PI: 2.3 km

Walper Terrace Hotel 1 King Street West Kitchener, ON N2G 1A1
Phone: 519-745-4321
Distance from PI: 3.7 km

Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo 105 King Street East Waterloo, ON N2G 2K8
Phone: 519-744-4141
Distance from PI: 3.8 km

Four Points by Sheraton 547 King Street North Waterloo, ON N2L 5Z7
Phone: 519-884-0100
Distance from PI: 4.3 km

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 14 Benjamin Road Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone:  519-772-9800
Distance from PI:  5.6 km

Homewood Suites by Hilton 45 Benjamin Road Waterloo, ON N2V 2G8
Phone:  519-514-0088
Distance from PI:  5.6 km

Courtyard by Marriott 50 Benjamin Road East Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone: 519-884-9295
Distance from PI: 5.6 km

University of Waterloo Conference Centre 200 University Avenue West Waterloo, ON N2J 4C1
Phone:  1-800-565-5410
Distance from PI:  1.3 km

The Conference Centre accommodations include single and double rooms.  Each floor consists of 24 rooms with 2 large washrooms per floor (1 male and 1 female). Guest rooms are not air conditioned, but a limited number of fans are available on a first come first service basis.  Rooms are available between May - August.

Scientific Organizers:

  • Marc Geiller, Perimeter Institute
  • Ashley Milsted, Perimeter Institute
  • Jess Riedel, Perimeter Institute
  • Matteo Smerlak, Perimeter Institute
  • Erik Schnetter, Perimeter Institute
  • Bapu Vaitla, Harvard University