Corpus callosum: An “open science round-up”

Shirley Wu at I was lost but now I live here has assembled an amazing collection of online writing related to open science. She calls it Corpus callosum, in honor of the structure of the mammalian forebrain that connects the left and right hemispheres. In her words:

What I’ve produced here is not strictly a carnival, but a round-up of all sorts of material on the web focused on open science issues and themes …

For the most part, this round-up is concerned with writings, papers, and websites from the last couple weeks that have to do with open communication, open access, open data, open research, and the tools and policies that affect these endeavors. The hope is that by collecting these materials regularly we can make connections and communicate more easily on the subject. That is why, for now at least, I’ve called it Corpus Callosum.

The piece has several parts, each devoted to a different aspect of the issue:

  • Conferences, workshops and meetings;
  • How and why to be open;
  • Tools for open science;
  • Other developments; and
  • Closing thoughts

It’s an astonishingly thorough and informative post. Shirley calls it the “1st edition” of the round-up, and I for one hope that it continues. I can see Corpus callosum becoming a major touchstone for the open science movement. Whether you’re already in the trenches of open science or just curious about what it all means, do yourself a favor and check it out.