Fact Sheet: Open Science Champions of Change

abernard102@gmail.com 2013-06-25


"Today, at a White House event honoring 13 'Champions of Change' who are promoting and using open 
scientific data and publications to accelerate progress and improve our world, several Champions took the 
opportunity to announce new initiatives and commitments.  Among them:  Stephen Friend announced the launch of two new open science Big Data Challenges, the Rheumatoid   Arthritis Responder Challenge, and the Alzheimer’s Disease Big Data Challenge ... Kathy Giusti and John Quackenbush announced that starting in September, the Multiple Myeloma 
Research Foundation (MMRF) will release the MMRF Research Gateway, an open-access platform that makes clinical research data available to the public along with advanced analytical tools ... Drew Endy and the BioBricks Foundation announced that DNA2.0, Inc. of Menlo Park, CA has contributed free-to-use fluorescent proteins to the public domain using the BioBrick Public Agreement ... The BioBrick Public Agreement is itself a free-to-use tool that allows researchers everywhere to work 
together to create an open language for programming DNA ... Eric Kansa and the Open Context team is delighted to have announced plans to launch a training program aimed at equipping the next generation of researchers with the technical skills and theoretical background needed to understand the rich and growing open data sources that document the human 
experience. The training program will prepare students not only to manage data with Web technologies, but also to better understand the biases and assumptions inherent in data.  Jeremiah P. Ostriker announced that starting next month, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) will make publically available its Tenth Data Release, which will include the first data of the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE), with high-resolution spectroscopy from tens of 
thousands of stars. These data will unlock important new information about the chemical composition and motions of stars, and about the evolution of our own Milky Way galaxy. The release will also provide an update on the BOSS cosmology program, which is expected to help determine the most precise cosmological model yet established ... William Noel announced a multispectral dataset of images of an erased, unique ancient text. The text is a medieval manuscript, a Syriac translation of a text by the ancient doctor Galen, 'On the mixtures and powers of simple drugs' (abbreviated as 'On simple drugs'). A group of international scholars is working on the data, which are presented in a similar fashion to those of the famous Archimedes Palimpsest. Dr. Noel is inviting image processors from around the world to help process the images in order to bring out the undertext.Jack Andraka announced the launch of an organization 'Teens Against Scientific Paywalls.'  This group of teenagers is launching an effort to get teens involved in the issue of increasing access to scientific 
publications. The goal is to help teens have a voice in their government and provide input on future legislation and policies on open access to scientific research."



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06/25/2013, 14:41

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06/25/2013, 10:41