ISIE Educational Webinar Series resumes October 31, 2017: Open Science: An Introduction, with Geoffrey Boulton

We are pleased to announce our first fall 2017 ISIE webinar will be on Tuesday, October 31st from 8:30-9:30 am EST

Geoffrey Boulton, Regius Professor of Geology at the University of Edinburgh and President of CODATA (the International Council for Science's Committee on Data for Science and Technology), will give a talk on Open Science.  

 Open Science: An Introduction

Oct 31, 2017 8:30 – 9:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Registration required.

 "Recent decades have seen an unprecedented explosion in the human capacity to acquire, store and manipulate data and information and to instantaneously communicate them globally, irrespective of location.  It is a world historical event involving a revolution in knowledge creation, communication and utilisation as profound as and more pervasive than that associated with Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press.  Research has rapidly moved from an era of data scarcity, in which, with some exceptions, data have been small in volume and sparse in distribution, with statistical techniques optimised to extract information from such limited data, to one of abundance, in which an unprecedented storm of data offers major opportunities and profound challenges...


...Open Data is also a crucial part of Open Science movement, which seeks to transform science into a more public enterprise rather than one conducted behind closed laboratory doors. It not only offers novel possibilities for commercial innovation, but also for greater involvement of a wider range of stakeholders and citizens in co-production of knowledge, and for deeper democratic engagement with the ways that scientific knowledge is created and used. It enhances the possibility of producing globally integrated science solutions and of responding globally to the major problems facing the planet and its inhabitants through transformations in behaviour and approach for which neither the scientific community nor the general public are well prepared. It is an increasingly important component of ICSU-sponsored programmes such as Future EarthIntegrated Research on Disaster Risk, and Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment." (

Geoffrey Boulton is Regius Professor of Geology Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh and President of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA).  He has made major contributions to our understanding of glaciers and ice sheets and the ways in which they have shaped the landscape over recent geological times. Geoffrey is a champion of Open Science and has chaired multiple significant reports on this topic over the last several years. Geoffrey has received numerous awards, including the honor of Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2000 for his services to science and higher education. 

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