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Updated: 2017-07-24T15:00:42-04:00

 



Ontario seeks Chief Scientist

2017-07-24T15:00:42-04:00

The Province of Ontario is seeking a Chief Scientist. They are using an executive search firm. The Chief Scientist will advise on the long term vision and strategic research agenda for Ontario and provide scientific expertise on a range of...



working in the open - public servants in Canada

2017-07-20T12:46:41-04:00

While there have been public servants using social media including blogs and Twitter for a long time, there has been a recent upsurge in government employees deliberately choosing to use various online sites to do what I would call narrating...



Chan Zuckerberg - Meta and preprints

2017-04-26T15:49:04-04:00

The Chan Zuckerberg initiative will be funding science in various areas, with a particular focus on diseases. To accelerate this progress, we will bring scientists and engineers together in new ways, create computational and experimental tools to empower the scientific... The Chan Zuckerberg initiative will be funding science in various areas, with a particular focus on diseases. To accelerate this progress, we will bring scientists and engineers together in new ways, create computational and experimental tools to empower the scientific community and build a movement to support basic science research. from https://chanzuckerberg.com/initiatives/ Chan Zuckerberg has launched with an initial US$3 billion commitment to basic research, as reported in Inside Philanthropy. There is a particular emphasis on funding high-risk ideas: Forty-seven investigators will receive up to US$1.5 million each in the next five years from the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, a partnership between the couple’s Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and three universities: Stanford, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, San Francisco. Together, the biohub grants announced on 8 February total more than $50 million. “We told researchers, give us your riskiest ideas,” says biohub co-leader Stephen Quake, a bioengineer at Stanford. from Nature - 'Riskiest ideas' win $50 million from Chan Zuckerberg Biohub - February 8, 2017 Several projects and technologies have been announced, including: Chan Zuckerberg Biohub - this appears to be the central focus for the science activities Meta - a science search engine that Chan Zuckerberg purchased and has promised to make available to the public for free.  It is planned it will become a sort of AI analysis tool for the science literature. There is no open science policy statement available that I can find on any of the Chan Zuckerberg sites.  There is apparently a requirement to post preprints at time of submission. The biohub investigators must post their manuscripts on open-access preprint servers, such as the arXiv, as soon as they submit the paper to a peer-reviewed journal. But researchers are permitted to file for patents, which would be owned jointly by the biohub and the scientists’ home institution. from Nature - 'Riskiest ideas' win $50 million from Chan Zuckerberg Biohub - February 8, 2017 The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Manager of Computational Biology, Jeremy Freeman, has made some statements about making data and code available. Will all your research be peer-reviewed, published in journals and published for all to see?We are absolutely committed to open dissemination of data and code and knowledge; that’s something I have been committed to all the time I’ve been a scientist. The Guardian - Mark Zuckerberg’s man in the lab: ‘I want science to happen faster’ - March 5, 2017 Scientific research is still shared using a system developed more than a hundred years ago: the academic paper. “That’s how we disseminate knowledge, it’s a PDF document,” Freeman said. The data, the code and the interactive elements of the research should all be interactive, he argued. “There’s an obvious need to modernise and scale-up the technology we’re using,” Freeman said. Wired - Meet the man tasked with speeding-up science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative - March 12, 2017 So for the moment it looks like preprints, open code (open source?) and open data.  But still not clear about open access. A unified position statement from Chan Zuckerberg on their website about their open science approach would provide some clarity.  This could be a page along the lines of the Gates Foundation Open Access Policy. UPDATE 2017-04-26: An announcement today from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) that Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will be providing funding for the development and expansion of the bioRxiv preprints server and that "All software developed through this collaboration will be made[...]



rapid access to scientific results including Gates Foundation open access journal

2017-03-24T09:48:19-04:00

The Gates Foundation will be launching its own open access journal, Gates Open Research. https://gatesopenresearch.org/ "a platform for rapid author-led publication and open peer review of research" The Gates Foundation joins the Wellcome Trust in launching this approach, and they...



Chief Science Advisor in Budget 2017

2017-03-23T10:20:50-04:00

Canada's Chief Science Advisor and associated office get a mention in Budget 2017. Budget 2017 proposes to establish an annual budget of $2 million for the Chief Science Advisor and related secretariat. There's some additional text but nothing substantially beyond...



LIGO Open Science Center as a model for communication and engagement

2017-02-28T22:16:14-05:00

I am really impressed with the work that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration has done to demonstrate the possibilities of open science communication and engagement. The LIGO Open Science Center includes the following elements: data, including usage...



Wikipedia pages created

2017-02-18T14:14:27-05:00

Here are some of the Wikipedia pages I have created. You can get this information when logged in to Wikipedia on the Contributions page, by checking "Only show edits that are page creations". Or construct the URL https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?limit=50&title=Special%3AContributions&contribs=user&target=username&namespace=&tagfilter=&newOnly=1&year=2017&month=-1 February 21,...



Many preprint services

2017-05-08T10:43:58-04:00

Preprints have long circulated in some disciplines. As the science publication and rewards systems evolve to permit greater use of preprints, the number of discipline-specific preprint services continues to increase. The two best-established ones are: https://arxiv.org/ (physics including particularly astrophysics...



NRC jobs - Manager, Enterprise Architecture

2016-12-14T19:31:49-05:00

National Research Council Canada Ottawa, Ontario CS-4, bilingual imperative CBC closes December 20, 2016 This is a continuing position. Apply at the bottom of the job poster http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/careers/jobpost.nsf/EnglishAll/7E62A0D17E2BC2758525804F006C15CC Education Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology or Information...



Ontario Chief Science Officer

2016-12-06T13:28:03-05:00

In the Ontario September 2016 Mandate letter: Research, Innovation and Science it provides some information about the Chief Science Officer (CSO): Defining the role of the Chief Science Officer to lead the government’s efforts to advance both basic and applied...



Can't Code There From Here

2016-12-05T19:50:30-05:00

December 5-11, 2016 is Computer Science Education Week, and thus also the main Hour of Code week. Hour of Code used to be pretty straightforward, back in the day. You just got access to the computer and then That was...



Canadian National Chief Science Advisor competition announced

2016-12-05T17:02:07-05:00

Canada's Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan has announced the competition is open for the position of Chief Science Advisor (CSA) to the Canadian government. Applications can be made through the Governor in Council appointments process. Closes January 27, 2017. The...



Every Blog Its Reader

2016-12-03T15:54:31-05:00

I did a keynote in 2008 where I said "Every web resource its machine reader", reinterpreting Ranganathan for the computer age. I want to look back on how we almost built an ecosystem of information for human and machine readers,...



obtaining the answers to Written Questions in Canadian Parliament

2016-11-20T07:21:40-05:00

MPs can submit written questions. So far in the current session (42nd Parliament, 1st session) there have been over 500 written questions submitted. You can find the list of all questions for the current session in Status of House Business...



Parliamentary Committee Meeting permalinks

2016-09-30T10:09:18-04:00

On the Parliament of Canada website parl.gc.ca links to committee meetings are usually given using document IDs. The problem is that if the meeting is amended (which happens often), they are creating a new document ID, and the previous document...



Job - CIO of NSERC and SSHRC

2016-09-07T07:37:08-04:00

As Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities’ Chief Information Officer (CIO) as well as its Departmental Security Officer (DSO), the CIO provides vision, strategies and leadership in the provision and transformation of Information...



NRC jobs - Chief, Federal Science Library

2016-08-04T11:39:10-04:00

National Research Council Canada Ottawa, Ontario LS-5, bilingual imperative CBC closes August 22, 2016 This is a 2 year term position from the date of reporting. Apply at https://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/careers/pool.nsf/app?openform&ftype=16-16-0261 Working closely with library teams across seven departments and agencies, you...



IT, innovation, science and more - Gov of Canada 2016 consultations

2016-11-18T10:43:35-05:00

Many Government of Canada consultations are underway. This post is updated as they close and new ones are announced. Innovation - unknown deadline including Global Science Excellence ideas Fundamental Science Review – closes September 30, 2016 Government of Canada [Information...



Open Science in Canada's 2016-2018 Open Government Plan

2016-07-15T17:37:45-04:00

Following a consultation, the final version of Canada's 2016-2018 Open Government Plan for the Open Government Partnership has been released. http://open.canada.ca/en/content/third-biennial-plan-open-government-partnership This includes a commitment on open science, the second Canadian plan to have such a commitment. Commitment 14: Increase...



LIBER 2016 conference livestream

2016-06-29T08:19:13-04:00

Livestream information http://liber2016.org/programme/live-streaming/ direct link (requires Flash) https://connectpro.helsinki.fi/liber2016 login as guest The stream started on Wed June 29, 2016 at 13.00 local [Finland] time (EEST, +3 GMT) = 6am Eastern time and completed at 8am Eastern time. I have made...