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Dr. Heidi Seibold

https://heidiseibold.com

All things open and reproducible data science.

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Help needed: We are losing our office

We are finally in the process of incorporating the Digital Research Academy and just when we need it least, I get a notice that my office lease will be terminated by end of July...and with that we are losing the headquarters of the DRA. Munich is a difficult city to find affordable offices, so I am hoping that you can help us. I love my office. It not only comes with a stable internet connection, but also with nice office neighbors (who are also looking for a new space), a nice view into the...

1 day ago • 1 min read

Students and early PhD candidates often don't understand all the talk about Open Science. They think Open Science is just "normal" science. The older researchers are the ones who teach them otherwise. Let's change that! In the process of publishing my first PhD paper, the journal asked whether I would like to publish open access. For me that was a no-brainer. When I talked to my supervisor, he said something along the lines of "you're gonna be an expensive PhD student". I want to mention that...

6 days ago • 3 min read

Spaces where you can gather with like minded people to discuss, learn, and collaborate can be really powerful. Could a space like this exist for Open Science? Walking along the little stream back to Dagstuhl castle (during the seminar on Research Software Engineering: Bridging Knowledge Gaps), I thought about how inspiring this place is, how perfectly set up for collaborating, learning from each other and also for having just a fabulous time. All the rooms, from the regular meeting rooms to...

13 days ago • 1 min read

The Open Science Retreat 2024 was a full success. We co-created so many things and had a wonderful time at the Dutch dunes. Read on to learn what came out of the retreat. The Open Science Retreat follows an unconference model. Except for the plenary sessions, all activities are optional. The edition 2024 was mainly organised by OSC-NL. Here's a few of the things we did: Unconference sessions: Collaborate on diverse topics from measuring open science to FAIR code (more below) Walks: Whether...

20 days ago • 1 min read
Lego blocks with words on them: "Open Science" at the top, "Open Source", "FAIR/Open Data", and "Open Access" at the bottom

What are good strategies to develop an Open Science Policy? Here's our opinionated guide. This post was co-created with Sander Bosch, Open Science Programme Coordinator at VU Amsterdam. At the Open Science Retreat 2024 Sander and I had a conversation about his experience in policy development. Since we believe that his experience is valuable for a lot of people out there, we decided to write down three simple rues to create an Open Science policy: Develop output policies first and combine...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

Guest post: Meet Dr Elisabeth Kugler, director of Zeeks – Art for Geeks. In this post she will share her career path and how her work connects with open science now that she is an entrepreneur. I am Dr Elisabeth Kugler, director of Zeeks – Art for Geeks – a company that transforms how people think about data. We achieve this by data analysis, visualization, and communication. And our speciality is image-based data and strategies. In this article, I aim to discuss Zeeks' perspective on open...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Making your research or code project FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) and reproducible can feel like a chore. But if you have access to the right templates and resources, it can be quite the simple and rewarding task. Let's make it easy for ourselves to do the right thing! So today let me share some templates for setting up #FAIR and #reproducible projects. I asked folks on social media what suggestions they had and got so many that I was not able to put them all here...

3 months ago • 2 min read
Shrugging stick figure

I have volunteered for many initiatives and was always happy to do so. Recently I started to realize that being able to volunteer is a privileged position to be in. To be truly fair and allow all enthusiasts to join an initiative we have to rethink the way we do things. A constructive criticism. I've got to get this off my chest, you all! I've received yet another email asking whether I could speak at an event. For free. "Why for free?" you ask? It's an event from and for enthusiasts. I am a...

4 months ago • 3 min read

Fraud in science continues to be a highly discussed topic in the scientific community and also in mainstream media. I've always seen Open Science as a way to improve rigor in science, but can it also avoid fraud? I will not discuss cases of (alleged) fraud or scientific misconduct in this post, but focus on how I believe we can avoid it in the future. If you are interested in learning more about one of the major recent scandals, I recommend listening to the Freakonomics radio episode on the...

4 months ago • 2 min read

Code clubs are initiatives where people meet to improve their coding skills and help each other out. I am a big fan of them as I believe that they can help improving the quality of research. Because as we all know: Better Software, Better Research. I recently learned more about the code club at the Max Planck Institue of Psychiatry (MPIP) in Munich and would like to share how they organize it in the hopes that it might inspire you. Thanks to the organizers Vera Karlbauer and Jonas Hagenberg...

5 months ago • 2 min read
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