Open Access Week 2012

Open Notebook Science: Transparency in Research

Jean-Claude Bradley

This past event has been archived in SMARTech:
http://hdl.handle.net/1853/45671

General Lecture
Date: October 23, 2012
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Klaus Advanced Computing Building, 1116 Seminar Room

This event is FREE and open to the public. Space is limited, so arrive early.

“... there is a URL to a laboratory notebook that is freely available and indexed on common search engines. It does not necessarily have to look like a paper notebook but it is essential that all of the information available to the researchers to make their conclusions is equally available to the rest of the world.”
  - Jean-Claude Bradley

ABSTRACT: This presentation will outline strategies for collecting, processing, and disseminating chemical information as Open Data. Bradley will discuss melting point and solubility datasets and models. In his talk, Bradley will show how Open Notebook Science can be used to maintain full provenance information between the original lab notebook pages and associated raw data up to the point of use. Specifically he will explain in detail the use of web services, allowing for data access and querying through a browser interface or Google Spreadsheets using Google App Scripts.

BIO: Jean-Claude Bradley is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Drexel University. He leads the UsefulChem project, a synthetic organic chemistry initiative started in the summer of 2005 to make the scientific process as transparent as possible by publishing all research work in real time to a collection of public blogs, wikis and other web pages. Bradley coined the term ‘Open Notebook Science’ to distinguish this approach from other more restricted forms of Open Science. In 2008, he created the Open Notebook Science Solubility Challenge to crowd source the measurement of non-aqueous solubility. Sponsored by Submeta, Sigma-Aldrich, Nature and the Royal Society of Chemistry, the ONS Challenge has resulted in the publication of a book combining the results of 12 student award winners from the U.S. and the UK.
Bradley teaches undergraduate organic chemistry courses with most content freely available on public blogs, wikis, games, Second Life and audio and video podcasts. He has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and has published articles and obtained patents in the areas of synthetic and mechanistic chemistry, gene therapy, nanotechnology and scientific knowledge management.