Wednesday, April 08, 2009

"Open Knowledge: Reproducibility in Cheminformatics with Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards"

I have submitted today the abstract of my talk at the GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie 2009 in Frankfurt in August as part of the Open Notebook Science/Open Drug Discovery session:
    "Open Knowledge: Reproducibility in Cheminformatics with Open Data,
    Open Source and Open Standards"

    The Open paradigms in science have been met with strong criticism.
    Nevertheless, support and use of Open models among scientists is
    growing. While the Open model is certainly only one approach to doing
    science, it has a few aspects that make propagation of knowledge more
    transparent. Indeed, Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards
    (ODOSOS) make it easier to reproduce of knowledge and promote peer
    review. Various ODOSOS projects will be introduced which improve
    reproducibility in cheminformatics, the underlying science of
    exchanging chemical knowledge. Recent contributions of the Chemistry
    Development Kit, Bioclipse, chemical ontologies and others will be
    discussed that add to the repertoire of Open Cheminformatics, and how
    these contribute to Open Knowledge.
The exact details I do not know yet, and likely not before the weekend before the meeting :) But this blog gives a good impression of what you can expect.


  1. Good luck, Egon, it sounds like a great talk. Passing my defense last week has put me in a very reflective mood.. If I regret anything about how I carried out my research over the past few years it is that I wasn't more radical in my rejection of the current publishing model. I wish I had refused to traditionally "publish" anything and - using the large amount of my time that choice would have freed up - worked harder to help bring about the kinds of changes that you are working for. Keep going!

  2. I regret too that I didn't convince my supervisors to spend money on making my papers OpenAccess. I should have. That said, I hope to put the open bits of my thesis in the university repository fairly soon now.

    BTW, I would not go as far as saying I wanted to be more radical and reject the old publishing model. It's just that I *prefer* to be my research as easily accessible as possible.