Program Session

1 - Hosting a Science Hack Day...and You Can Too!

Tuesday, May 30
3:05 PM - 3:10 PM
Room: 611

Objectives: As part of the Open Insight Portland (PDX) initiative,several medical librarians, graduate students, and local open source developers and scientists collaborated to host a Science Hack Day event in PortlandOregonOpen Insight PDX is a project, co-sponsored by Oregon Health & Science University Library and the National Library of Medicine, designed to stimulate early career researchers' engagement with open science practices through hands-on learning and conversations with leaders in the field. Science Hack Days are nationally and internationally held events organized to catalyze innovation by providing a space for people to identify and develop solutions to science problems, share ideas, and build new interdisciplinary connections. 

Methods: In order to host a Portland Science Hack Day, the event organizers reached out to local and national organizations for sponsorship, identified complementary partnerships within the local community, and encouraged interdisciplinary participation by using the diversity of the organizers' backgrounds to promote the event. The event schedule and activities were modeled after previous Science Hack Days 

Results: ThePortland Science Hack Day took place October 7-8, 2016 and had approximately 75 attendees that participated in both days. The event kicked off with several lightening talks by open science advocates, including representatives from local open data and hardware groups, Mozilla, and the key note speaker, Jenny Molloy – a UK biologist who works on developing open tools and software. These talks were followed by team formation, which involved linking together individuals with complementary skill sets to work on "hacking" (i.e., generating quick and often creative solutions to) science problems/projects proposed by attendees. The event was 24 hours, including an overnight camp-out option, and culminated in an open house where the attendees showcased their project work.  

Conclusion:  Due to the success of the initial Portland Science Hack Day, there are plans to hold thevent again in the fall of 2017. Additionally, the collaboration between event organizers and attendees has resulted in additional development and promotion of open science events, open tools, and open workflows geared toward supporting and enabling innovative scientific research. 

Keywords: Open Science, Science Hack Day, Community Event, Interdisciplinary collaboration

Program Session

Erin Foster

Data Services Librarian
Ruth Lilly Medical Library
Indianapolis, Indiana

Erin D. Foster, MSLS, is the Data Services Librarian for the Indiana University School of Medicine's Ruth Lilly Medical Library at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Her current areas of interest include developing research data services, engaging in open science efforts, and promoting public access to research. Ms. Foster received her MSLS degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she worked as a graduate research assistant in the Health Sciences Library. She received her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


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Robin Champieux

Scholarly Communication Librarian
Ontology Development Group
Portland, Oregon


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