Dr. Heidi Seibold

All things open and reproducible data science.

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My open science business - looking back after one year 🗓️

I started full time self-employment on November 1st 2022. How did the first year go? Was it worth the trouble? What is coming next? What an incredible year! I became unemployed in summer 2022 and decided to try self-employment. After various positions in academia and one in industry I was not only ready to be my own boss, but I was hungry to show the world that impact does not have to come through publishing papers. How did the first year go? All in all I am really happy with my life and my...
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7 days ago • 3 min read

Events, events, events 🥳

There are so many upcoming events, that I decided to present a newsletter with exciting upcoming events. So, here we go! Workshop on Reproducibility and Translation in Biomedical Research Let's develop best practices in industry and academia partnerships. November 29 - December 1, 2023 in Berlin Application Deadline: November 15 Join! Open Science Retreat OpenScienceRetreat24 5 days of Open Science, team work, and enjoying nature on the seaside (Netherlands) March 25 - 29, 2024 Join! Digital...
20 days ago • 1 min read

Accelerating the Adoption of Open Science

Last July I attended “Accelerating the Adoption of Open Science”, a week-long open science summit co-organized by CERN and NASA in Geneva, Switzerland. In the following I want to share some outcomes from the event. At the meeting, more than a hundred institutional stakeholders committed to accelerating the transition to a more open, participatory, equitable, robust, and sustainable research ecosystem. Event participants of the CERN NASA Open Science Summit at CERN’s Globe of Science and...
28 days ago • 2 min read

Leading research teams 🤝

How do people become leaders in research? Do they go through a leadership training program? Usually no. I think that we should change that! AI image generated with DiffusionBee (prompt: "collaborative team stick figures high five network watercolor colorful") At the OILS conference last year that I was a panelist on the panel "Careers in Open Science" and during the panel we noticed that all except one of the panelists had been in the Mozilla Open Leaders program. We had become leaders in...
about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Research for military / dual use - a dilemma

Can and should we pursue all research? Can and should we stop progress of research that can be used to kill or suppress people? And what is the role of Open Science in all this? This morning I listened to a podcast episode (11km: Chinas Quantentrumpf .... made in Germany?) that talked about a Chinese quantum physicist, who used to work in Germany and then started to support military work in China. There are strong indications that this work is or will be used to further suppress a Chinese...
about 1 month ago • 3 min read

Open Innovation in Life Sciences 🧪

Open Innovation in Life Sciences (OILS) is an ECR driven association based out of Zurich. OILS helps researchers understand what Open Science is, and how to practise and promote Open Science in their research. Today I want to share with you, why this organisation is so interesting for both life scientists as well as others. This not a sponsored post, but I am an advisory board member of OILS (volunteer basis), just so you know my connection to this 😉. Also thanks goes to Harini...
about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Open and/or efficient? Choosing tools as open scientist 🛠️

As an open scientist I strive to use open source software and open tools whenever possible. But sometimes I choose a more efficient tool over the open tool. When and why? Let's break it down! It is no secret that I am an open source enthusiast. I've been working with R since 2009 and the wonderful R community has shown me the path to Open Science. But at the same time I am using commercial tools like this newsletter service. I use Miro for teaching and Google Docs for collaborating on...
2 months ago • 2 min read

The Digital Research Academy is taking shape 👋

The Digital Research Academy is taking shape. Let me share with you what it is and why it might be relevant for you 😉. In a previous post (May 2023) I shared my idea for a trainer network called the Digital Research Academy (DRA). We want to offer quality training for quality research, from and for the research community. Since this post in May a lot of things have happened and I'd like to share our progress. But first, why should you care? Why should you care? TRAINERS: You have knowledge...
3 months ago • 2 min read

Choosing an open license 🏗️

Reusing other researcher's work is inherent in science. Licensing plays a central role for reuse, so we should know how it works. In my workshops on open and reproducible research licensing often comes up as a topic of fear. What am I allowed to do? Should I better let the legal department decide? How do I avoid going to jail? Most of the time choosing a license is actually quite simple. So let me help you loose your fear of it! 🤗 Choosing a license for texts, data, media, ... I really like...
3 months ago • 3 min read

Strategic change in science

At the recent CERN/NASA Open Science summit I learned about a theory of change that really resonated with me. Today, I'd like to share it with you. The theory comes from the Center for Open Science (COS) and the reason why it is so enticing to me, is that is is quite understandable and hands-on, but at the same time feels really powerful and true.​ If you want to learn more about the thinking behind this, I recommend watching the presentation...
4 months ago • 1 min read
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