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Towards Fully Realized Open Science and Technology Trustworthiness

December 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Title: Towards Fully Realized Open Science and Technology TrustworthinessOpen science has the objective of accelerating the dissemination of fundamental research results to advance the frontiers of knowledge and help ensure the nation’s future prosperity.  It can positively influence the verification of scientific research results (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)), can encourage the open sharing of the products of scientific research, and can encourage greater scientific rigor.   Advancing open science throughout the scientific enterprise has challenges both socio-organizational and technical, challenges that impact the scientific workflows and science norms, the subsequent uses of data, and the reproducibility and replicability of scientific results.
Technology advancements have a long and distinguished history of aiding and advancing scientific discovery as a whole.  Technology is more recently being employed in the aid of open science as well through, for instance, research advances in data provenance.   Technology research needs to continue along its leading edge trajectory of technological advancement while at the same time being more mindful that technology results are not always positive and not even always neutral.
In this talk I discuss the promise of open science in data science.  I discuss the technology advancements that have contributed to trustworthiness of research, including our own work in data provenance and safe computing.   I conclude with a full realization of open science but one that is smattered with measure of caution that encourages data science programs to be intentional about the norms that are being formed in the next generation of its researchers.

Bio Beth A. Plale
Dr. Plale is a program officer at the National Science Foundation in the United States working on issues of open science. She is also a Full Professor in the Dept. of Intelligent Systems Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington.  Plale has authored over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles or juried conference proceedings.  She is founding Director of the Data To Insight Center, founder of the HathiTrust Research Center, and past Science Director of the Pervasive Technology Institute all at Indiana University Bloomington.
Dr. Plale’s research interests are in data management, cloud computing, smart and connected communities, and open science.
Dr. Plale’s postdoctoral studies were done at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her PhD is from the Watson School of Engineering at the State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton.   She is one of the two USA founding members of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), and served as inaugural chair of the RDA Technical Advisory Board (TAB).  She received the distinguished Early Career award from the Department of Energy (DOE).


December 9, 2019
2:00 pm