Partnering with the Wellcome Trust, we held Open Science: a hack day for open science, and supporting open science data.
The project was instigated by Dr Kevin Fong, Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow.
The aims of the hack day were to:
- "Achieve extraordinary improvements in health by supporting the brightest minds".
- Use The Trust funds biomedical research and the application of research to improve health, and
- Help society explore and become involved with biomedical science, its future directions, its impacts on society and the ethical questions that it brings.
- Make research data widely available to the research community so that the data can be verified, built upon and used to advance knowledge and its application to generate improvements in health.
- Make data emerging from biomedical research can be made accessible, interesting, and useful to a wider public beyond the scientific community.
The Wellcome Trust Director explaining the Wellcome Trust policy on data: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLuyxJZriPA
The prize categories for the day were:
- Open Me — Biohacking using the data generated from the apps we use, like untappd, jogging/running apps, sleep cycle, weightwatchers, and how such tools' data can be used elsewhere.
- Open Research — how data from biomedical research can be made accessible and useful for non-specialists.
- Open Data — working with the hardware that clinicians use, and how the data they collect may be better explored, in a cost effective manner, without clinicians and patients being held to ransom
- Most useful to the public
The judges were:
Kevin Fong – Co-Director of CASE Medicine, BBC Horizon Presenter
Mun-Keat Looi – Science Writer & Editor, Online editor for Wellcome Trust
Tilly Blyth – Keeper of Technologies and Engineering at The Science Museum
Mark Thorley – Data Management Co-ordinator for Natural Environment Research Council
Dallas Campbell – TV Presenter, currently of BBC1 Supersized Earth