OKFN’s Open Science Working group is Global!

Jenny Molloy and Michelle Brooks have done a wonderful job in driving forward Open Science within the OKFN. Science is a huge topic and there are many areas where the Open philosophy and tools are now critical. Here’s Jenny’s end-of-year report – the easiest way to get involved is to subscribe to the mailing list and take it from there. Or contact any of us.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A “PROFESSIONAL SCIENTIST” TO BE AN OPEN-SCIENTIST! We are very keen that citizens of any nation and activity are involved.

Hi All


I thought as we get to the end of 2013 it would be good to let you know where the working group is at currently and let you have your say on how we might proceed in our mission to open up science during the next year!

We have grown to over 630 members (!) on the mailing list and now have local groups or representation in:

UK (Oxford, London, Cambridge)




Which is fantastic, but we’d love to expand further! If you would like to be an open science ambassador for your region/country/city/university then get in touch.

To help us keep track of all these activities and make sure we’re being as effective as possible at providing a space for discussions and collaboration around open science, it would be great to hear from anyone who would like to be more involved in managing the working group (also, I have a thesis due in 9 months so any and all help is very much welcome from my perspective!).


We would like to put together a group of community organisers to contribute to a variety of roles. There can be a name for this group but we haven’t settled on one yet – suggestions welcome.The time commitment will be flexible and relatively low, but it will make a big difference to have someone keeping an eye on specific areas. The roles and tasks might include:


Organising working group meetings

Planning open science events at OKFest 2014

Documenting events and updates from the working group

Coordinating specific projects or documents

Blog Editing

Tech/Dev Liaison

Event Organisation

Designing publicity materials and logos etc.


Do get in touch if any of this sounds of interest even if you are only able to contribute a small amount of time. If you have any questions, please let Zara, Michelle and I know and we look forward to hearing from you! Look out for another email about specific projects, events and 2014 working group activities coming shortly.


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