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Friday, February 28 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
8B: Upping our digital literacy

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Science is becoming increasingly data driven and computationally based across the board, from the life sciences to ecology and astronomy. There is also added pressure from funders and publishers for researchers to better document and share the outputs of their work, but despite a push for better practice, we’re still facing a gap between what digital skills (analysis, computing, data management) researchers are expected to know and what they’re being taught at the university level, leaving many without the training needed to do better, more robust research. This session will look at a number of efforts to help bridge that gap such as Software Carpentry and rOpenSci, and ask more broadly what does “digital literacy” mean for science and the web. Given the chance to rethink the notion of “core competencies” needed for 21st century "open science", what should we be teaching to the next generation of researchers, and how can we ensure this training reaches those who need it most?

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Kaitlin Thaney

Director, Science, Mozilla
I lead the science program at Mozilla, where we work to make open research less of an ideal and more a norm. I care deeply about the web and research efficiency, and have worked on problems surrounding them at Digital Science, Creative Commons and MIT.

Friday February 28, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Room 4 McKimmon Center
  Facilitated Discussion
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