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Monday, December 10 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
1.7 Building Community and Support for Open Science at Carnegie Mellon University: A Conference Report

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Open science is one of the major ways to combat the "reproducibility crisis" plaguing many areas of research, from biomedical research to psychology and data science. Despite growing interest and increasing mandates to make research outputs openly available and to facilitate collaboration through open data and research tools, barriers exist that prevent the broader adoption of open science. Lack of incentives, metrics, and an open culture persist as main roadblocks to the adoption of open science practices. Universities' libraries are playing increasingly important roles in open science adoption by providing training, resources, and expertise. However, one of the challenges many libraries face is the ability to connect and collaborate with the research community. Facing this challenge, three liaison librarians at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) teamed up with faculty in Biological Sciences, thanks to the embedded liaison model at CMU. Together, we obtained a joint grant from the DSF Charitable Foundation (through the Mellon College of Science) to host a transdisciplinary Open Science Symposium on Oct 18-19, 2018. Comprised of a series of presentations, panel discussion, hands-on workshops and a "scientific speed dating" event, this symposium stimulated discussions about opportunities and challenges in open science practices, accelerated the adoption of open research tools, and built community and collaborations in life sciences and related disciplines. We expected this event to be well-attended and highly interactive. In the first two weeks after the registration opened, an impressive response was received from CMU and nearby universities, with more than 75% or registrations being graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty. As deliverables of the symposium, we will publish a conference report summarizing discussions at the symposium, make a set of recommendations for advancing open science at CMU, and make plans to host a future event to reach a broader set of disciplines.


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Huajin Wang

Senior Librarian; Co-director for Open Science & Data Collaborations, Carnegie Mellon University
Huajin Wang is a Liaison Librarian at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and a co-director for the Open Science & Data Collaborations program. She is passionate about helping the research community with data needs, fostering collaboration across disciplinary boundaries, facilitating... Read More →
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Keith Webster

Dean, University Libraries, Carnegie Mellonn University
Keith Webster was appointed Dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon in July 2013 and to the additional role of Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives two years later. In 2021 he was awarded the Helen and Henry Posner Jr Dean's Chair at CMU. He is a Professor... Read More →

Monday December 10, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm EST
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