Open science is the movement to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible to any one anywhere in the world. It is a cause I care about deeply, as such I practice in the open making all my code and manuscripts openly and freely available. I have also written and have been a guest on a podcast discussing the importance of open science. You can read more about my open science projects below.
Guide to Eating Ontario Fish Mobile App
Fish are a healthy food. However, in some cases, consumption of high quantities should be limited. The Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP) regularly publishes the Guide to Eating Ontario Fish. Inside the guide is a table indicating the recommended meals per month you should consume for a given fish, taking into account the species of fish, fish length, and location where it was caught. However, the print and online versions of the Fish Guide are not always available in remote areas, and the table format can be difficult to interpret. We set out to create a mobile application version of the guide, using Ontario Open Data Catalogue, so that the information would be more accessible and easy to understand, especially to users in remote areas like the far north of Ontario.
PREreview was born as a platform to facilitate the collaborative writing of preprint reviews produced from discussions at journal clubs (JCs). We wanted to make it easier for scientists around the world to run preprint JCs, develop their skills as reviewers, and share the insights of their discussions openly. JCs are a staple in academia: they facilitate scientists’ collective engagement with others’ discoveries, and provide ECRs with a forum to learn how to critically evaluate research. At PREreview we are co-opting JC to provide a means to give feedback on preprints and help train early career researchers in peer review.
Working in the open
I wasn’t aware of open science until I attended a National Center for Ecological Synthesis and Analysis Open Science for Synthesis workshop. Recognizing that many scientists are still unaware of open science I have developed workshops for the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science and R Ladies London, and presented lectures on how to get started in open.
Mozilla Open Leaders
The Mozilla Open Leaders program is a 14-week mentorship experience that help you take your open project from idea to a minimum viable product. During the training you are paired with a mentor for one-on-one meetings and larger co-hort meetings where you learn the ropes on topics such as GitHub and community engagement. I have been involved with the program since 2016 first at a open leader and now as a mentor.