Welcome to Open Seeds Cohort 8

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The Open Seeds 8 program

Purpose: Training for early stage researchers and young leaders interested in furthering their Open Science skills

Outcome: Ambassadors for Open Science practice, training and education across multiple countries and scientific communities.

Process: A 16-week mentoring & training program, based on the Mozilla Open Leader program, helping participants in becoming Open Science ambassadors by using three principles:

  1. Sharing essential knowledge required to create, lead, and sustain an Open Science project.
  2. Connecting members across different communities, backgrounds, and identities by creating space in this program for them to share their experiences and expertise.
  3. Empowering them to become effective Open Science ambassadors in their communities.

Goals and Learning Objectives

The vision of OLS program is to strengthen Open Science skills for early stage researchers and young leaders in science.

At the end of the program, our participants will be able to:

  • Describe and define the terms openness, open science, open leadership, community interactions, value exchanges, inclusivity, accessibility, open Science practices in developing resources and training
  • Learn how to apply those principles to open leadership and working open in their projects and communities . Learn how to collect, invite, and tell stories that demonstrate how and why openness benefits the communities they serve
  • Give original examples for the types of openness in science
  • Design
    • Illustrate the need for a project, its vision, and its goals
    • Embrace and communicate the benefits of Open Science and how to strategically apply different open practices to their work
    • Identify the public resources to share their data
    • Identify the different type of Open Access and associated journals
  • Build
    • Start any project with openness in mind from day one
    • Setup a project repository on GitHub using best practices for enabling collaboration
    • Choose and apply open licenses appropriately
  • Empower
    • Create and enforce a safe working environment
    • Promote the values of Open Science to empower others to lead and collaborate
    • Include a broad range of contributors in their work
    • Communicate their work and vision in a 2min demo of elevator pitch
  • Lead an open project in science

Timeline

  • October 25, 2019 : Opening of the applications

  • November 27, 2019 : Pre-application webinar - Notes with Zoom call link

  • December 8, 2019 : Closing of the applications

  • December 20, 2019 : Successful applicants announced

  • January 20, 2020: Start of the program

  • May 18, 2020: End of the program

Schedule

During the program,

  • Mentors and mentees meet every 2 weeks for a 30 minutes call
  • Mentees participate every ~2 weeks to 90-minutes cohort calls during which the program leaders introduce new topics and resources, facilitate break-out discussions, and invite experts from the field to give talks
  • Mentees can participate to skill-up, Q&A or coworking sessions in the weeks without cohort calls
  • Mentors take part in mentoring workshop and calls

Organizers will inform participants of the week schedule by email.

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Week Call Date Topic Agenda
Week 01 (start. January 20, 2020) Mentor-Mentee   Meet your mentor! Meet each other and discuss your personal motivation, expectations, working practices and project goals
  Mentor January 17, 2020 (16:00 Universal Time) Mentor training  
  Mentor January 20, 2020 (11:00 Universal Time) Mentor training  
Week 02 (start. January 27, 2020) Cohort January 29, 2020 (13:00 Universal Time) Welcome to Open Life Science! Meet other members of your cohort, Share project vision, Intro to working openly (open canvas)
Week 03 (start. February 03, 2020) Mentor-Mentee   Meet your mentor! Discuss assignments from the cohort call & concrete implementations
Week 04 (start. February 10, 2020) Cohort February 12, 2020 (18:00 Universal Time) Tooling and roadmapping for Open projects Working with GitHub as a community hub: Markdown as a tool to make websites, Licence, Goals and Roadmap, Contributors, Code of Conduct
Week 05 (start. February 17, 2020) Mentor-Mentee   Meet your mentor!  
  Cohort February 19, 2020 (13:00 Universal Time) GitHub Tutorial  
  Cohort February 19, 2020 (13:00 Universal Time) GitHub tutorial for beginners  
Week 06 (start. February 24, 2020) Cohort February 26, 2020 (13:00 Universal Time) Open Science I: Project Development Developing Open Projects: Open-Source, Software, Hardware, Data
Week 07 (start. March 02, 2020) Mentor-Mentee   Meet your mentor!  
  Mentor March 5, 2020 (19:30 Universal Time) Mentor training  
Week 08 (start. March 09, 2020) Cohort March 11, 2020 (18:00 Universal Time) Open Science II: Knowledge Dissemination Sharing Open Project: Preprint publications, DOI and citation, Open protocols, Open Education & Training
Week 09 (start. March 16, 2020) Mentor-Mentee   Meet your mentor!  
Week 10 (start. March 23, 2020) Cohort March 25, 2020 (13:00 Universal Time) Designing & Empowering for inclusivity Personas and pathways for contributors, Implicit bias & mental health care, Community interactions & Ally-skill
Week 11 (start. March 30, 2020) Cohort April 01, 2020 (17:00 Universal Time) Mental health care, Ally skills and Career Guidance Call  
Week 12 (start. April 06, 2020) Mentor-Mentee   Meet your mentor!  
Week 13 (start. April 13, 2020) Cohort April 15, 2020 (12:00 Universal Time) Open Agenda - Social Call  
Week 14 (start. April 20, 2020) Mentor-Mentee   Meet your mentor! Preparation for the final demos
  Cohort April 22, 2020 (17:00 Universal Time) Group 1 - Final presentation rehearsal Test of the final demos for the group 1
Week 15 (start. April 27, 2020) Cohort April 29, 2020 (17:00 Universal Time) Group 1 - Final presentations & Graduation! 5-minute demos of projects for group 1 (Audience: entire community & public, Open and recorded call)
Week 16 (start. May 3, 2020) Mentor   Mentor wrap up  
Week 17 (start. May 11, 2020) Cohort May 13, 2020 (17:00 Universal Time) Group 2 - Final presentation rehearsal Test of the final demos for the group 2
Week 18 (start. May 18, 2020) Cohort May 20, 2020 (17:00 Universal Time) Group 2 - Final presentations & Graduation! 5-minute demos of projects for group 2 (Audience: entire community & public, Open and recorded call)

Role Descriptions

Project leads (aka Mentees)

Participants join this program with a project that they either are already working on or want to develop during this program. More details about the role of a project lead (mentee) can be found here.

Mentors

Our project leads are supported in this program by our mentor-community who are paired based on the compatibility of expertise, interests and requirements of their projects. Our mentors are Open Science practitioners and champions with previous experiences in training and mentoring. They are currently working in different professions in data science, publishing, community building, software development, clinical studies, industries, scientific training and IT services.

Mentors advise and inspire

  • Connect: to people, programs, companies
  • Recommend: resources, readings, classes, experiences
  • Feedback: for the project leads to consider

Pool of mentors

We thank the 20 mentors this round.

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Aidan Budd

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@aidanbudd

Embo Solutions Gmbh

Expertise:
Community building

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Andrew Stewart

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@ajstewart_lang

University Of Manchester

Expertise:
Open research, Reproducibility, Psychology

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Björn Grüning

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@bjoerngruening

Expertise:
Containers, Conda, Galaxy, Python, Training, Reproducible research, Cheminformatics, Genome annotation, High-Throughput-Screening, Epigenetics

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Daniela Saderi

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@Neurosarda

Expertise:
Open scholarship, Community organizing, Research, leadership, Neuroscience

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Fotis Psomopoulos

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@fopsom

Institute Of Applied Biosciences, Centre For Research And Technology Hellas

Expertise:
Bioinformatics, Machine learning, Training

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Hao Ye

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@Hao_and_Y

University of Pennsylvania / Community for Rigor

Expertise:
Ecology, Health sciences, R, Git and github, Version control, Time series analysis, Research reproducibility, Community management, Ally skills training

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Holger Dinkel

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Expertise:
Programming (Python), Version control (git), Web services (REST), Anti-procrastination, Protein biology, Bioinformatics, Disorder motifs

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Katrin Leinweber

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Expertise:
Git and GitHub/GitLab, R tidyverse, Python pandas, Make, Bash, LaTeX, Pandoc

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Caleb Kibet

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@calkibet

Expertise:
Community building, Reproducibility, Computational Biology, Regulatory Genomics

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Luis Pedro Coelho

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@luispedrocoelho

Fudan University

Expertise:
Microbiome, Computational biology

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Malvika Sharan

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@malvikasharan

The Alan Turing Institute

Role in OLS: Director of Partnerships and Strategy

Expertise:
Community building, Mentoring, Data Science best practices, Reproducibility, Inclusive and collaborative practices, Python, Version Control, Funding Proposals, Bioinformatics, Algorithm design

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Mateusz Kuzak

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@matkuzak

Expertise:
Training, Open research software, Community building

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Naomi Penfold

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@npscience

Science Practice, Uk

Expertise:
Grantsmaking, Design thinking, Participatory research, Community building

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Patricia Herterich

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@pherterich

Dcc, University Of Edinburgh

Role in OLS: Fellowship and Finance Manager

Expertise:
Research data management, Fair data, Collaboration, Library and archiving skills, Open science and community

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Rodrigo Oliveira Campos

@sayadiguin

Expertise:
Open source communities, Agile culture, Web development, Python programming, DevOps

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Toby Hodges

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@tbyhdgs

The Carpentries

Expertise:
Designing and developing training material, Collaborating with git & github/gitlab, Publishing web content, Wordpress, Jekyll, Github/gitlab pages, Scientific community engagement, Teaching and organising workshops

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Renato Alves

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@renato_alvs

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Expertise:
Full-stack developer, Computational Training, Reproducibility, Computational biology, Metagenomics, Meta-transcriptomics

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Vicky Nembaware

Pronouns: she/her
@VickyNembaware

Expertise:
Bioinformatics, Genomics and Genomic Medicine, Training, Public Engagement, Sickle Cell Disease, Bioinformatics

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Yo Yehudi

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@yoyehudi

Role in OLS: Executive Director, Business and Development Lead

Expertise:
Software development, Community building, Mentoring

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Harry Smith

@Zebetus

Expertise:
Community Organisation, Event organising, Communication, Physics (Quantum Nanowires)

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Mentoring training

Mentorship roles can sound like a big personal responsibility and can be overwhelming for new mentors. To support our mentors in this program, we will offer training, topic-based guided discussions and opportunity for social interaction over 4 calls during the mentorship round:

  • 2 training calls in the beginning of the cohort to get participants trained and prepared for their role as mentors
  • 1 catch-up call in the middle of the cohort to discuss new topics and challenges that might have occurred and address them
  • 1 call at the end to capture experiences of mentors and assess their interest in future cohorts
  • Social and co-working calls schedule will be agreed among the mentors as per their needs and interests

In the mentor training, our mentors will then gain mentoring skills (active listening, effective questioning, giving feedback), learn to celebrate successes and gain confidence on navigating challenges in mentoring.

A dedicated slack channel will facilitate open discussions among mentors to help them discuss their experiences, challenges and tips and tricks (contact the team if you are not yet on this channel).

Experts

Experts are invited to join cohort calls or individual mentorship calls to share their experience and expertise during the program.

We thank the 37 persons who registered to be experts in this round.

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Athina Tzovara

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@aath0

Expertise:
Machine Learning, Statistics, Python programming, Neuroscience

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Aidan Budd

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@aidanbudd

Embo Solutions Gmbh

Expertise:
Community building

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Andrew Stewart

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@ajstewart_lang

University Of Manchester

Expertise:
Open research, Reproducibility, Psychology

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Aleksandra Nenadic

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@aleks_nenadic

University Of Manchester

Expertise:
Open and reproducible research best practices, Training and teaching tech to researchers, Pedagogical approaches to instructor training and curricula development

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Anna Krystalli

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@annakrystalli

University Of Sheffield

Expertise:
R, Reproducible research, Research software, Version control, GIS, Data visualisation.

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Anne Clinio

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@anneclinio

Expertise:
Citizen science and Citizen labs, Open notebooks, Open data policy building, Information science

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Björn Grüning

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@bjoerngruening

Expertise:
Containers, Conda, Galaxy, Python, Training, Reproducible research, Cheminformatics, Genome annotation, High-Throughput-Screening, Epigenetics

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Bhuvana Meenakshi Koteeswaran

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@bhuvanakotees1

Expertise:
Gender gap and bias, Mozilla technologies, Wikimedia projects, Ethical technology praactices

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Daniela Saderi

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@Neurosarda

Expertise:
Open scholarship, Community organizing, Research, leadership, Neuroscience

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Demitra Ellina

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@j_ellina

F1000Research

Expertise:
Open science, Open research, Open access, Open peer review, Preprints

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Emmy Tsang

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@emmy_ft

Role in OLS: Director of Finance and Operations

Expertise:
Community strategies, Open research

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Fotis Psomopoulos

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@fopsom

Institute Of Applied Biosciences, Centre For Research And Technology Hellas

Expertise:
Bioinformatics, Machine learning, Training

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Bastian Greshake Tzovaras

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@gedankenstuecke

Center For Research & Interdisciplinarity

Expertise:
Bioinformatics, Citizen science, Web development, Python, Personal data, Community management

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Hao Ye

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@Hao_and_Y

University of Pennsylvania / Community for Rigor

Expertise:
Ecology, Health sciences, R, Git and github, Version control, Time series analysis, Research reproducibility, Community management, Ally skills training

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Holger Dinkel

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Expertise:
Programming (Python), Version control (git), Web services (REST), Anti-procrastination, Protein biology, Bioinformatics, Disorder motifs

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Vinodh Ilangovan

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@I_Vinodh

Expertise:
Community building, Equity diversity and inclusion, Circadian rhythms, Behavioral Neuroscience, Genetics

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Jason Williams

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@JasonWilliamsNY

Expertise:
Education and training, Life Science Education, Management and leadership, Bioinformatics, Molecular biology

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Joel Ostblom

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@joelostblom

University Of British Columbia

Expertise:
Static and interactive data visualization, Introductory data science, Reproducible analysis workflows, Image analysis, Python, Git, Project organization, Stem cell biology, Bioengineering

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Kari L. Jordan

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@drkariljordan

Expertise:
Equity and Inclusion, Assessment, Strategic Planning, Project Planning, Public speaking, Leadership

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Katrin Leinweber

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Expertise:
Git and GitHub/GitLab, R tidyverse, Python pandas, Make, Bash, LaTeX, Pandoc

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Caleb Kibet

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@calkibet

Expertise:
Community building, Reproducibility, Computational Biology, Regulatory Genomics

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Kirstie Whitaker

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@kirstie_j

Expertise:
Open research, Reproducibility, Community building, Citizen science, Equity and inclusion, Human brain imaging (neuroscience)

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Kaitlin Stack Whitney

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@kstackwhitney

Rochester Institute Of Technology

Expertise:
Accessibility, Road ecology, Novel ecosystems, Insects, Zines, OER

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Luis Pedro Coelho

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@luispedrocoelho

Fudan University

Expertise:
Microbiome, Computational biology

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Mateusz Kuzak

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@matkuzak

Expertise:
Training, Open research software, Community building

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Mariana Ruiz Velasco

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@mruizvelley

Expertise:
Programming, Agile teamwork, Industry research, Epigenetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Molecular biology

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Marius van den Beek

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@mariusvdbeek

Expertise:
Galaxy development, tools and workflows, Python programming, testing and debugging, Contributing to open source projects, Bioinformatics, Developmental biology

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Nikolaos Nerantzis

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@nerantzis

Expertise:
Inclusion, Accessibility, Teaching and education

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Naomi Penfold

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@npscience

Science Practice, Uk

Expertise:
Grantsmaking, Design thinking, Participatory research, Community building

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Nicola Soranzo

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@NicolaSoranzo

Expertise:
Programming, Open Source, Licensing, Version control, Galaxy, Python, Reproducibility

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Paula Andrea Martinez

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Expertise:
Biomedical, Bioinformatics, Training and skill-building, Open Science

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Patricia Herterich

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@pherterich

Dcc, University Of Edinburgh

Role in OLS: Fellowship and Finance Manager

Expertise:
Research data management, Fair data, Collaboration, Library and archiving skills, Open science and community

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Giuseppe Profiti

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@GProfiti

Biodec S.R.L

Expertise:
Teaching, Devops, Software development, Bioinformatics, Wiki*, Carpentries, Communities, Databases, Reproducible science

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Rachael Ainsworth

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@rachaelevelyn

Software Sustainability Institute

Expertise:
Astrophysics, Open Science/Research, Reproducibility, Community building, Organising events, Virtual events, GitHub

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Venkata Satagopam

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Expertise:
Clinical and Translational Medicine Informatics, Data Management & FAIRification, Dynamic Visual Analytics, Text-mining

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Renato Alves

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@renato_alvs

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Expertise:
Full-stack developer, Computational Training, Reproducibility, Computational biology, Metagenomics, Meta-transcriptomics

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Vicky Nembaware

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@VickyNembaware

Expertise:
Bioinformatics, Genomics and Genomic Medicine, Training, Public Engagement, Sickle Cell Disease, Bioinformatics

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A dedicated slack channel will facilitate open discussions among experts and other participants in OLS-8 to help them expand their network while discussing relevant topics (contact the team if you are not yet on this channel).

Facilitators

Facilitators work closely with the OLS organisers to manage and run cohort calls. They lead efforts in preparing cohort call notes, co-hosting cohort calls and ensuring the sharing of call recordings and resources through OLS channelss

We thank the 0 persons who facilitated in this round.

Organizers

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Bérénice Batut

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@bebatut

University of Freiburg

Role in OLS: Director of Learning and Technology

Expertise:
Galaxy, Galaxy training, Citizen science, Bioinformatics, High-throughput sequencing, Metagenomics, Wordpress, Jekyll, GitHub/GitLab Pages, Designing and developing training material, Collaborating with Git & GitHub/GitLab, Git, GitHub, GitLab, Publishing web content

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Malvika Sharan

Pronouns: she/her
@malvikasharan

The Alan Turing Institute

Role in OLS: Director of Partnerships and Strategy

Expertise:
Community building, Mentoring, Data Science best practices, Reproducibility, Inclusive and collaborative practices, Python, Version Control, Funding Proposals, Bioinformatics, Algorithm design

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Yo Yehudi

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@yoyehudi

Role in OLS: Executive Director, Business and Development Lead

Expertise:
Software development, Community building, Mentoring

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Collaborators

This cohort is a joined effort between OLS and 3 international organisations and communities:

Resources

The resources available to the OLS-8 cohort members will facilitate their communication, training, mentoring and learning process during their participation in the program.

Calls

Cohort calls

The full cohort meetings take place every 2 weeks (unless mentioned otherwise) and last for 90 minutes.

During these calls:

  • Organisers/hosts will introduce new topic of the week
  • Speakers will present their work related to the topic of the week
  • Participants will be given group discussion exercises
  • An open Q&A will be run and notes will be co-developed
  • Exercises will be given for the week to be completed before the mentee-mentor meeting

The calls will be hosted online using the Zoom web-conferencing option. A link for the calls will be shared for each meeting separately.

Look up the shared notes for each call linked to the schedule in this website. You will also be updated via email each week by the organisers with additional details to aid your participation.

If you can’t make it to a call:

The call will be recorded and available on the OLS YouTube channel after the call.

If you can not attend most calls during the program due to the time zone incompatibility or other personal obligation, please let the organisers know. If you are unable to communicate with your mentor regularly or do not engage in the program as planned, we may need to evaluate if you are able to finish the program.

Mentor-mentee calls

The Mentor-mentee calls take place every 2 weeks (unless mentioned otherwise) and last for 30 minutes.

During these calls:

  • Mentors help their mentees evaluate their understanding of the new topics
  • Mentees will complete their task assigned at the cohort calls using new skills learned that week
  • Mentors and mentee will review progress together where mentees provide constructive feedback
  • Mentors will connect mentees with other experts and get consulted on their project when needed

Coordinate with your mentor how you manage the notes and assignments for your 1:1 calls.

The online communication options can be agreed upon by the mentor-mentee pairs. A few options to explore are the following:

  • Zoom: 40 mins limit for each call
  • Google hangout: Free for members with google account
  • Skype: Free, download the app
  • Whereby.com: Free option, valid upto 4 participants
  • Jitsi: Free, open source web-based call is possible
  • Whatsapp or other phone-based calls: Only if both mentor and mentee are comfortable with exchanging numbers

If a mentor has to miss a mentee-mentor meeting, please discuss it with your mentee and reschedule your call. If you are unable to make it to any slot together, please find other ways (asynchronous documentation) to interact with your mentee.

If a mentor has to step back from the program for any reason, please communicate with the organisers to identify an alternative for their mentees.

Skill-up calls

In some weeks during which there is not cohort call, we will offer some optional skill-up calls.

The calls will be hosted online using the Zoom web-conferencing option. A link for the calls will be shared for each meeting separately.

Look up the shared notes for each call linked to the schedule in this website. You will also be updated via email each week by the organisers with additional details to aid your participation.

Q&A calls

The Q&A sessions take place in weeks during which there is not cohort call. These calls are optional but highly valuable for enhancing your understanding of the materials discussed in OLS-4 with the help of other participants.

The calls will be hosted online using the Zoom web-conferencing option. A link for the calls will be shared for each meeting separately.

Mentor calls

4 mentor calls will take place during the program.

The calls will be hosted online using the Zoom web-conferencing option. A link for the calls will be shared for each meeting separately.

Speaker Guide

We have a short guide for invited speakers.

Communication channels

Communication within the cohort members

OLS-8 Slack Channel

A dedicated Slack channel has been setup to facilitate real-time as well as asynchronous communication among the all members of the OLS-8 cohort. A personal invitation link will be shared with the participants via an email.

OLS-8 private Google group

Organizers inform participants of the week schedule by email. An archive of all emails can be found on the private OLS-8 Google group.

An invitation is sent to all participants (mentees, mentors, etc) at the beginning of the program. If it is not the case, please contact the team

Communication with members not in the cohort

Twitter

General updates from the program such as new posts, collaborations and relevant retweets will be shared via our official Twitter channel.

Gitter

We have a public Gitter channel that can be used by members of the public contact the OLS team and community.

OLS Google group

Updates regarding new calls for applications, announcements, and final project presentations are posted on the OLS public Google group

Community Participation Guidelines

This project, as part of the Open Life Science community, is committed to providing a welcoming, friendly, and harassment-free environment for everyone to learn and grow by contributing. As a result, we require participants to follow our code of conduct.

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participants within the community, as well as steps to reporting unacceptable behavior. We are committed to providing a welcoming and inspiring community for all and expect our code of conduct to be honored. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be banned from the community.

Our open source community strives to:

  • Be friendly and patient.

  • Be welcoming: We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.

  • Be considerate: Your work will be used by other people, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will affect users and colleagues, and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions. Remember that we’re a world-wide community, so you might not be communicating in someone else’s primary language.

  • Be respectful: Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one.

  • Be careful in the words that we choose: We are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren’t acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to: Violent threats or language directed against another person, Discriminatory jokes and language, Posting sexually explicit or violent material, Posting (or threatening to post) other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”), Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms, Unwelcome sexual attention, Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior, Repeated harassment of others. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.

  • Try to understand why we disagree: Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. Diversity contributes to the strength of our community, which is composed of people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere. Instead, focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.

Diversity Statement

We encourage everyone to participate and are committed to building a community for all. Although we will fail at times, we seek to treat everyone both as fairly and equally as possible. Whenever a participant has made a mistake, we expect them to take responsibility for it. If someone has been harmed or offended, it is our responsibility to listen carefully and respectfully, and do our best to right the wrong.

Although this list cannot be exhaustive, we explicitly honor diversity in age, gender, gender identity or expression, culture, ethnicity, language, national origin, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and technical ability. We will not tolerate discrimination based on any of the protected characteristics above, including participants with disabilities.

Reporting Issues

If you experience or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please report it by contacting the organisers - Bérénice, Malvika and Yo. (team@we-are-ols.org).

To report an issue involving one of the members, please email one of the members individually (berenice@we-are-ols.org, malvika@we-are-ols.org, yo@we-are-ols.org).

All reports will be handled with discretion. In your report please include:

  • Your contact information.

  • Names (real, nicknames, or pseudonyms) of any individuals involved. If there are additional witnesses, please include them as well. Your account of what occurred, and if you believe the incident is ongoing. If there is a publicly available record (e.g. a mailing list archive or a public IRC logger), please include a link.

  • Any additional information that may be helpful.

After filing a report, a representative will contact you personally, review the incident, follow up with any additional questions, and make a decision as to how to respond. If the person who is harassing you is part of the response team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. If the complaint originates from a member of the response team, it will be handled by a different member of the response team. We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse.

Attribution & Acknowledgements

This code of conduct is based on the Open Code of Conduct from the TODOGroup.