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Paola Masuzzo - Datascientist and Open Knowledge evangelist

You cannot go anywhere these days without hearing about ‘Open Science’ in one form or another. Policymakers and funders are encouraging it, and there is a global movement to align the incentives with the practices of openness. But what does it mean exactly to do Science in the Open? This talk will discuss some of the key practices, tools, and services that researchers can apply to their own workflows to make it more efficient, transparent, and impactful. It will also make the case that when it comes to Open Science, there is more to it than meets the eye, as open practices can also help into transitioning towards a more healthy, participatory and responsible research.


Paola Masuzzo has a PhD in Bioinformatics from Ghent University and a big passion for data. During her PhD, she was fortunate enough to join OpenCon, an extraordinary community around Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data. This event has changed forever the way she looks at access to knowledge and educational resources. Since then, she has participated in many international projects for the promotion of open research practices, especially for FAIR data and open source code. She is currently a data scientist for a corporate organization, an independent researcher by the Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE) and spends a lot of free time advocating for free and fair access to knowledge. She has co-authored many articles on open scholarly communication, has been a ContentMine and a Research Data Alliance fellow, has co-founded the Civic Lab Ghent, and currently sits in the Steering Committee of the Open Science MOOC. You can follow her on Twitter@pcmasuzzo