November 18, 2020
October 20, 2020
For Open Access Week 2020, Synthetic Daisies will feature an exciting panel discussion on preprints. On Monday (19th), I was part of a panel called "Past, Present, and Future of Preprints", hosted by ASAPBio. I live tweeted the event from the Orthogonal Research and Education Lab Twitter account. If you were not able to attend in person, the recording is on YouTube! The session started with a short introduction from each of our participants: Antonis Rokas, Soumya Swaminathan, Richard Sever, Ross Mounce, and Anjana Badrinarayan.
It turns out that there are many contributing factors to preprint adoption. Some of them involve legacy patterns from manuscript submissions and publications. But preprints also democratizes access to both the production and consumption of scientific literature. It turns out that cultural traditions (within fields and countries), researcher agency, and community incentives are also quite important.
The theme of research culture came up time and time again. But research culture is not only a motivating factor; pro-preprint behaviors can lead to other virtuous practices. For example, Ross Mounce suggests that preprints can encourage a culture of versioning, where different versions of a paper are viewed as important steps in the research process rather than simply being erratum.
This combines nicely with observations earlier in the session regarding citation metrics: with the movement towards iteratively-developed preprints with multiple supporting components (open data sets, supplemental figures and notes), there will be a need to distinguish article quality from journal quality. Altmetrics are one path forward, but a more robust system is needed.
October 14, 2020
October 8, 2020
At last Monday's DevoWorm Group meeting, I gave a short lecture on ways to interpret multidimensional data using PCA, tSNE, and UMAP. Here are the slides (below) and the YouTube link. The focus here is on Developmental Molecular Biology, but are generally useful, particularly for comparing methods. Here are the slides with a bonus from Leland McInnes, one of the originators of the UMAP technique!
September 30, 2020
Today we held the OpenWorm Annual Meeting, which is a time for the Board of Directors and Senior Contributors to meet and discuss the latest developments within the foundation (in this case, activities over the past 1.5 years). Overall, a very inspiring meeting! Here are the slides I presented on progress and the latest activities in the DevoWorm group. If anything looks interesting to you, and you would like to contribute, please let me know.