It’s some wide open science: thanks and farewell Open Science Week

Waaaay back in July, RealScientists hosted a huge 5  curators in one week all related to Open Science. We kicked off firstly with Ashley Farley  (@ashleydfarley) Associate Officer of Knowledge & Research Services at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Then came Stephanie Dawson (@sdawsonberlin) and Jon Tennant  (@protohedgehog), both with Science Open as CEO and Communications Director, respectively. Next was Mike Taylor (@herrison), Head of Metrics Development at Digital Science, and finally Jessica Polka  (@jessicapolka), director at ASAPbio, rounded out the week.



The curators kindly shared some reflections on the week, and we’ve shared a smattering of these with you below.


In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

JT I thought it was amazing! It was great to share with a wider audience than usual, and also to engage and get feedback from such a huge diversity of people.


It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

JP I felt actually less response than normal, probably due to how niche my normal twitter subjects are (preprints and accelerating scientific publication)

AF Most people liked/retweeted. Being from a funder I think I and the participants air on the side of caution in communication. Overall, I tried to stay neutral on the more controversial topics of open access.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

AF The highlight was seeing so many interested individuals from diverse backgrounds. The lowlight was trolling (which is expected).


Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

JT Hmm, I would have liked to have had more discussion time on barriers to Open Science, but that was just a constraint due to the time.


Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

AF I had a loose plan of how the topics should flow and stuck with it.


Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

JT Pick several topics each day to discuss, and make sure you get across the key points. Thread tweets so people can track discussions.

AF I would say don’t be afraid to broach topics that are controversial, but be sure to always be respectful to all viewpoints.


What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?

AF There are many great Open Access advocates found on this list


Thanks once again to all of our Open Science week tweeters from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from the week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.


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