“We believe that open data means better science“
The Panton Principles for Open Data in Science strongly encourage scientists and others to place scientific research data into the public domain using an appropriate license or legal tool. The Panton Fellows explore and support this concept. They endorse the Panton Principles for making scientific data open, and promote the value of open data in all areas of science.
The Fellowships focus on:
- Communicating and encouraging more stakeholders to adopt the Panton Principles
- Understanding and overcoming obstacles to opening up scientific data in different fields
- Identifying opportunities for opening up scientific data in new fields and engaging new stakeholders
They are targeted at graduate level and early career stage scientific researchers, part-time scientists, and people who are involved in scientific research policy.
The Panton Fellowships Advisory Board is made up of:
A leading figure in the open science movement, Peter and colleagues have contributed significantly to open chemistry with the development of Chemical Markup Language, the Blue Obelisk collective, and as a co-author of the Panton Principles. Winner of the prestigious Skolnik award of the ACS in 2011.
Rufus is working to promote Open Knowledge around the world, including any kind of content or data from sonnets to statistics, genes to geodata, which is freely usable, sharable and reusable. Specifically he promotes open knowledge in different domains such as governmental, scientific, economic and bibliographic. This involves working to build communities of advocates and practitioners – by organising regular meetings, bringing people together for events and starting work on standards and consensus building. He is the co-founder of the Open Knowledge Foundation.
Cameron Neylon is a biophysicist with an interest in how to make the internet more effective as a tool for science. He writes and speaks regularly on scholarly communication, the design of web based tools for research, and the need for policy and cultural change within and around the research community.
Tim is the Board of Management representative for Bioinformatics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. He leads the Vertebrate Genome Analysis Project, which generates and presents core vertebrate genome annotation and maintains the reference genome sequences.
In April 2012, the Open Knowledge Foundation appointed its first ‘Panton Fellows’ – Sophie Kershaw and Ross Mounce – to promote the Panton Principles, help to develop the technology and infrastructure to make open data in science feasible, and raise discussion and awareness about openness in science.
These Panton Fellows have made a huge contribution to open science, developing tools to facilitate text and data-mining of the literature, and developing a course to teach first year postgraduates about the value of open data. Much policy impact has also been made through some extremely influential blog posts on the cost of gold Open Access, evidence submissions to the House of Lords Open Access inquiry and a video explaining the Panton Principles.
Ross Mounce – Panton Fellow 2012-2013
Ross is an enthusiastic PhD student of evolutionary biology at the University of Bath. As a vocal advocate for Open Access & Open Data in academia he can often be found speaking at academic conferences, policy events, in podcasts, and radioshows. Formerly a Panton Fellow, he’s now Community Coordinator for Open Science at the Open Knowledge Foundation & council member of the Systematics Association. He can also be found on Twitter
A list of all his work as a Panton Fellow can be found here.
Sophie Kershaw – Panton Fellow 2012-2013
Sophie is based within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the mathematical modelling of colorectal cancer and she is also part of the cell-based development team for Chaste, an open-source modelling framework for multiscale, “in silico” simulation of virtual tissues. Her work as an OKFN Panton Fellow for 2012-13 centred on Open Education and culminated in the founding of the Open Science Training Initiative (OSTI), a training scheme designed to equip young researchers for academic careers in the age of Open. OSTI aims to harness the power of open working practices to address issues of reproducibility and impact in modern scientific research. A successful pilot of the scheme was run at the University of Oxford in January 2013 and negotiations are in progress to secure further instances of OSTI in the UK, USA, Europe and beyond. You can follow the ongoing progress of her work in Open Education via her blog (“The Stilettoed Mathematician”) and Twitter stream – and don’t be confused if you find her listed under her married name of Sophie Kay as of August 2013!
A list of all her work as a Panton Fellow can be found here.