What happens when you have several seasoned open advocates, willing audience members and random statements about open scholarship that they need to argue for and against? We don't know either, but this session promises to find out.
We called for willing participants to argue positions on sharing data and other areas of open scholarship. Four brave souls have put up their hands (see below).
There will be ample opportunity for the audience to participate. We will be calling for volunteers to put their names in a hat during the first day of the conference and we will pull out four names in the beginning of the session to join us on stage. The participants will be split into two teams: the ‘For’ and the ‘Against’. How would YOU argue the 'for' position on the statement: 'Sharing data openly is a waste of time' in two minutes?
Participants will randomly choose the statements each group has to argue for or against. The groups have 30 seconds to quickly decide who will speak from their team. Each team has 2 minutes to make their case.
If you are not inclined to leap on stage in front of a group of people you can still take part. We will be asking the audience to use the Twitter hashtag to suggest questions for the debaters and the audience will be by voting on whether they support the ‘for’ or ‘against' argument for each statement. We will have a list of statements about research data management that the group ‘agrees' on by the end of the session. Note: Rumours of balloons and chocolate may well be substantiated.
Emma Ganley - Emma is the Chief Editor of PLOS Biology. She has an editorial background with PLOS and the Journal of Cell Biology. She has also worked at the University of Dundee as Project Manager for the Open Microscopy Environment (OME) team.
Mark Hahnel - Mark is the founder and CEO of figshare. A former academic having completed his PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College London. He is passionate about open science and the potential it has to revolutionise the research community.
Eric Stephan - Eric leads the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Data Services team that supports applied scientific data management solutions for energy, physical sciences and high performance computing.
Eric Miller - Eric started Squishymedia in 2001 working in interactive media.