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Open Science should not be a hobby

- EstherPlomp

This post is guest-authored by Esther Plomp, OLS-3 and 4 mentor.

OLS-4 speed blog: Developing a library in Python for applying measures of emergence and complexity

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Project background

My main motivator to initiate this project was to be able to do research on formal measures of emergence & complexity that

Meet our fifth cohort of project leads and their mentors

- Bérénice, Malvika, Yo, Emmy

We are excited to kick-off the fifth round of Open Life Science with another incredible cohort of mentors, mentees, and experts. We are honored to bring together members of diverse identities and backgrounds who represent expertise from different domains of research, who are working to address a wide range of relevant questions in their field and are motivated to bring a culture change in their areas. Many of them are long-standing Open Scientists who aim to use this opportunity to apply open science and community-based principles in their projects through this program.

Job vacancy: Community Researcher and Programme Coordinator - OLS is hiring!

- Bérénice, Emmy, Malvika, Yo

OLS is hiring a Community Researcher and Programme Coordinator.

Runway for sustainability: OLS awarded funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to power its next phase

- Bérénice, Emmy, Malvika, Yo

OLS is absolutely delighted to share the news that as of January 2022, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has awarded OLS a total of USD 574,945.30 over the next two years. This grant will provide OLS with a truly valuable opportunity to improve sustainability for the organisation and community, and allow enough time to focus on planning for the longer term.

On being an Open Life Science programme mentor in 2021

- EstherPlomp

This post is guest-authored by Esther Plomp, OLS-3 and 4 mentor.

Open Life Science is awarded Wellcome Trust Open Research Fund 2021

- Bérénice, Emmy, Malvika, Yo

We are delighted to share that Wellcome Trust has awarded the Open Research Fund to Open Life Science (OLS). This will enable research and sustainability of the program for the next two years. Under the title Systematic evaluation of community development through open science training and incentivising contextual mentorship in health research, OLS has received GBP 99,999 to create a funded position for a programme coordinator and researcher, as well as pay for the overhead cost for the next four cohorts.

OLS-5 Launch Webinar and Promotional Materials!

- Bérénice, Emmy, Malvika, Yo

We recently opened the call for application for individuals and groups to join Open Life Science’s fifth cohort, OLS-5, starting in February 2022. The applications can be submitted until January 15, 2022 (midnight in any part of the world) on Open Review (application guidelines and templates).

OLS-4 Graduations and applications open for OLS-5!

- Bérénice, Emmy, Malvika, Yo

OLS-4 is approaching its last cohort call, which means that we are preparing for the graduation of our current cohort and setting things up for the OLS-5 in 2022.

Meet our fourth cohort of project leads and their mentors

- Bérénice, Malvika, Yo, Emmy

We are excited to kick-off the fourth round of Open Life Science with another incredible cohort of mentors, mentees, and experts. We are honored to bring together members of diverse identities and backgrounds who represent expertise from different domains of research, who are working to address a wide range of relevant questions in their field and are motivated to bring a culture change in their areas. Many of them are long-standing Open Scientists who aim to use this opportunity to apply open science and community-based principles in their projects through this program.

OLS-3 Speed Blog: Documentation enhancement with open science practices at sktime (open-source project)

- Afzal, Abdulelah

This post is guest authored by Afzal Ansari and Abdulelah Al Mesfer, two recent graduates of OLS-3.

Applications are open for OLS-4!

- Bérénice, Malvika, Yo, Emmy

We’re super excited to be launching the fourth cohort of Open Life Science, our open research training and mentorship programme!

OLS-3 speed blog: How to design peer production platforms? Guidelines and design inspiration in a blog format

- Katharina

This post is guest authored by Katharina Kloppenborg, a recent graduate of OLS-3.

OLS-2 speed blog: Finite Element Zurich (FEZ)

- evaherbst, Dylan-Bastiaans

This post is guest authored by Eva C. Herbst and Dylan Bastiaans, OLS-2 graduates. See the OLS issue with project journey

Meet our third cohort of project leads and their mentors

- Bérénice, Malvika, Yo

We are excited to kick-off the third round of Open Life Science with another incredible cohort of mentors, mentees, and experts. We are honored to bring together members of diverse identities and backgrounds who represent expertise from different domains of research, who are working to address a wide range of relevant questions in their field and are motivated to bring a culture change in their areas. Many of them are long-standing Open Scientists who aim to use this opportunity to apply open science and community-based principles in their projects through this program.

OLS-2 speed blog: Creating community awareness of open science in phytolith research

- EKaroune

This post is guest authored by Emma Karoune, a recent graduate of OLS-2.

Captioned video calls AND YouTube streaming - surprisingly hard, but achievable

- Yo

Since the beginning of OLS-2, we’ve been using Otter.ai to provide realtime closed captioning of our cohort calls to make them more inclusive of our participants. In the process of developing a more accessible format for OLS’s calls, we came across a surprising number of nuances to the different services and options one can choose from. With the help of Kaitlin Stack-Whitney and Malvika Sharan, I put together a preprint with some guidance based on what we learned, including how to handle Zoom break-out rooms that (currently) don’t get captioned at all.

OLS-2 Graduations and applications open for OLS-3!

- Bérénice, Malvika, Yo

It’s hard to believe, but OLS-2 is in its final stage right now, which means that OLS-3 is just around the corner in 2021.

OLS Community support micro grants

- Bérénice, Malvika, Yo

Open Life Science has recently been awarded three grants - one from the EOSC-Life Training project and two more small grants, which will partially support the OLS-3 and OLS-4 cohorts (more information will follow soon).

Ally Skills Training Workshop

- Bérénice, Malvika, Yo

An important part of collaborative research, and indeed of open science, is compassion. We’re too-often inclined, as a community, to act as though science - that it is supposed to be evidence-based or data-driven - is somehow pure, objective, and above bias. In reality, science is produced by humans, and falls prey to the same implicit biases that humans have. This is reflected in the science and research we do, and in the communities of scientists and researchers who create the science.

OLS Project and Community report - Part 3

- Bérénice, Malvika, Yo

This is the last part of the 3 parts OLS project and community report: Where we want to go. In the first two parts, we covered: Where we are and How far we have come.

OLS Project and Community report - Part 2

- Bérénice, Malvika, Yo

This is the second part of the 3 parts OLS project and community report: How far we have come. The first part covered: Where we are and the last part will be Where we want to go.

OLS Project and Community report - Part 1

- Bérénice, Malvika, Yo

Around June 2019, OLS was originally dreamed up. Mozilla had launched a call for applications to Open Leaders X, the program that incubated OLS and several other related open leadership initiatives. In July 2019, we submitted a collaboratively prepared application written at the BOSC 2019 CoFest (see the draft), and in September we were delighted to learn we had been accepted to create our program as a part of Open Leaders X. Slightly more than a year has now passed, and we would like to share the first annual OLS project and community report with you.

Meet our second cohort of project leads and their mentors

- Bérénice, Malvika, Yo

We are excited to kick-off the second round of Open Life Science with another incredible cohort of mentors, mentees, and experts. We are honored to bring together members of diverse identities and backgrounds who represent expertise from different domains of research, who are working to address a wide range of relevant questions in their field and are motivated to bring a culture change in their areas. Many of them are long-standing Open Scientists who aim to use this opportunity to apply open science and community-based principles in their projects through this program.

End of OLS-1 and OLS-2 Announcement post

- Yo, Bérénice, Malvika

Graduation and final presentations - you're all invited!

- Yo, Malvika, Bérénice

It’s been a long and exciting journey, from applications opening in October 2019, announcing selected applicants in early January, and kicking off the program’s first cohort call on the 29th of January. Since then we’ve had an amazing range of guest speakers from around the world, sharing their expertise on topics in the OLS syllabus, as well as a variety of breakout and discussion sessions, interspersed with mentor calls every other week. We wrapped up our learning calls with a cohort call on self care, ally skills, and careers.

COVID-19 and the Open Life Science Program

- Yo, Malvika

Like many other organisations, we’ll be posting a few short recommendations in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, sharing advice for people participating in our program and ways we can act to minimise difficulties over the next few months.

Meet our first cohort of project leads and their mentors

- Bérénice, Malvika, Yo

We are excited to welcome this fantastic set of mentees who are not only located in different parts of the world, but also represent different identities and backgrounds, aim to address a wide range of questions in their field, and are motivated to bring a culture change in their areas. Many of them are long-standing Open Scientists who aim to use this opportunity to apply “Open by Design” principle in their projects through this program.

Revising our program with the help of Open Science Leaders

- Malvika, Yo, Bérénice

The Open Life Science program is offered to the researchers and potential academic leaders who want to become ambassadors for Life Science in their communities. Developed as a part of the Mozilla Open Leaders X, this 15-week long personal mentorship and cohort-based training enable sharing knowledge, connecting communities and empowering individuals involved in this program.

Curious what the difference is between Open Life Science and eLife Innovation leaders?

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We would like to draw the open science and research software communities’ attention to two of the Open Leaders programmes. Both programmes aim to equip participants with the knowledge and experience to lead their own projects openly through 1:1 mentorship and learning from peers, experts, speakers and other members in the programmes.

Digital Storytelling for Culture Change

- Malvika

This post is the case study from my participation at the Mozilla Open Leaders Cohort 7 from January-May 2019

Open Science projects from Mozilla Open Leaders

- Bérénice

Our Open Life Science program is based on the Mozilla Open Leader program. Mozilla Open Leaders started 3.5 years ago to make openness the norm in innovation and research. We went through the rounds to find projects that would fit in our program, share them with you and show you the diversity of possibilities.

Our application to the OLx

- Bérénice, Malvika, Yo

We (Malvika, Yo and Bérénice) applied in August 2019 for the Mozilla Open Leaders X and were accepted (thank you Abby!) in this great program to build the Open Life Science program. We enjoyed writing this application and we would like to share it in this post.