Open Research Forum

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The Open Research Forum event was a 4-event series that focussed on highlighting the opportunities of cross-discipline engagement with Open Science through practical examples presented by UoB staff and external colleagues.

The event aired ( via Zoom ) through lunch time sessions over 4 days and covered

  • Day 1 : Launch Event
  • Day 2 : Making data openly available: ‘as open as possible, as closed as necessary’
  • Day 3 : Data Management Plans
  • Day 4 : Data Sharing and making data publically available

I thoroughly enjoyed this event as it brought together staff and students who deal with ‘Open Research’ on a daily basis.

Out of the many talks, I really enjoyed the PGRs in Psychology Sonia Rishi & Shannon Francis who, with such enthusiasm talked about setting up ‘ReproducibiliTea’ the Birmingham Chapter.  With that said I didn’t realise it was part of the Reproducibility Network, current Birmingham contact is Doug Browning from Biosciences.

Michaela Mahlberg brought home “What is the meaning of reproducibility in the humanities and social sciences”,  in which she talked about the “Rainbow of open science practices” This can be accessed here :, a fascinating read.

Other interesting points  were

  • Paul Newman talked about data management at CERN, figures for 2018, they held more than 100PB of data,this equates to approx 11,000 4K movies.
  • Matthew Brett stated that every graduate and undergraduate student should take an “introduction to data science” course, teaching data analysis with code. Can we be pioneering?
  • Iain Styles talked about “sharing and reproducing computation research” aiming it to be ‘too easy not to do’, with some case studies using binder.
  • Liz Sapey,  HDR-UK PIONEER, Health Data Research Hub. How do we share health data safely, securely benefiting the populace. An example of the type of data was a 20 years of a longitudinal study that yielded over 1.2 million patient contacts a year.
  • Library Services talked about Data Management Plans and their new service reviewing them (DMP review Service).  Judith Hegenbarth talked through results from the Open Research Survey and gave a backdrop that help researchers understand Open Research.

We hope that we will be able to continue to have these lunchtime sessions, if there is something that you think should be discussed regarding anything around ‘Open Science’ then please email us at