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Author: Kambiz Chizari, Ilyass Tabiai

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Colper Science is a podcast about Open Science.
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In this episode, we interviewed Prof. Julio Garcia-Espinosa, associate professor at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the co-founder of Scipedia, to know more about Scipedia. Scipedia is an open access platform for scholarly communications and scientific publishing. In this interview we discussed about the different aspects and features of Scipedia, how the researchers can benefit from the platform, its business model, the challenges of the project, and where it want to go in future. Useful links: Scipedia: Prof. Julio Garcia-Espinosa LinkedIn : Colper Science Patreon Page:
Episode 14B: Open Notebook Science by Colper Science
In this episode, we interviewed [Peter Murray Rust](, chemist at Cambridge University. Peter is also known for his work and support related to open access and open data, among his projects is the [Content Mine]( software chain about which we talked in this episode. The Content Mine group currently offer and maintain these open source software, but it also offers consulting services to assist individuals or groups interested in the suite of software. Content Mine is a suite of open source software designed to mine and analyze the scientific literature. Three packages are currently offered by the [Content Mine group]( getpapers, ami and norma. These 3 packages should allow us to download large sets of papers about a certain subject, normalize the obtained data to better explore it and then start analyzing using basic tools such as word counts and regular expressions. We explored and discussed these packages and how they could serve a researcher. You will also learn about the history of ContentMine, its team and the opinion of publishers, such as Elsevier, regarding such practices. Blogpost:
Episode 13B - How you can help Open Science with your citation style by Colper Science
In this episode we interviewed [Krzysztof Nowak](, developer for [Zenodo]( We have talked about Zenodo in our 5th episode [Lab Scribbles: Real-time open access science]( during an interview with Dr. Rachel Harding. Zenodo is a platform funded by CERN and OpenAire. Its purpose is to host experimental and research data, primarily from CERN projects but Zenodo actually welcomes all kinds of datasets, codes, presentations and documents without discrimination. During this interview with Krzysztof, we first started by exploring the history of Zenodo, how it all began, and the challenges Zenodo met during its evolution. We then talked about Zenodo today: number of users, amount of datasets, kind of datasets, most dominant fields of study, etc. We also discussed the links between Zenodo, its values and the Open Science methodology. Finally, we finished the interview by talking about futures plans and challenges for Zenodo, and asked Krzysztof to share with us his favorite dataset from Zenodo. Complete blogpost:
McGill will celebrated the Open Access Week International (October 23-29 2-17) with events designed to bring awareness to newer aspects of the scholarly communication lifecycle. Vincent Larivière, Canada Research Chair in the Transformations of Scholarly Communication and associate professor of information science at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information (l’Université de Montréal) gave a talk entitled _“Scholarly communication and open access: what researchers should know”_. The complete presentation is available here ( and we recommend that you take a look at the slides while listening to the first half of this episode, which is the first section of Vincent Larivière's presentation. We will discover how publishing in researcher became what it is today and an explanation of how having five big companies dominate this field affects researchers. In the second part of this episode, we will present a short interview we had with Vincent Lariviere about an interesting event which happened here, at Université de Montreal, during the summer of 2017: the library’s university refused to renew one of the big deals it had with Taylor and Francis Group and had to go through tough negotiations with the publisher. Vinvent Lariviere was part of these negotiation and will tell us a little bit more about the role he played there. Blogpost about this episode:
In this mini-episode, Rachel Harding (creator of the open notebook LabScribbles, discussed in episode 5) and Aled Edwards (CEO of the SGC ) discuss the launch of the SGC's Extreme Open Science Unit. As part of the SGC's ongoing plans to push the boundaries of open science, ~15 brave early career researchers funded by various disease and research foundations and charities, will be starting to write up their science in real-time in open notebooks. Rachel and Al discuss the rationale for starting these open notebooks, their hopes for how open notebooks will help the projects as well as the early career researchers running them and invite others interested notebooking to join them. The intro song: "Every Waking Hour" by Robin Grey.
Today's episode is about a publisher called Faculty of 1000 or F1000. We interviewed Holly Murray to understand more about F1000 and the publishing platform F1000Research. * F1000: * F1000Research: * Colper Science Patreon Page: The intro song: "Every Waking Hour" by Robin Grey.
Kevin Schawinski talks about Machine Learning and how it can affect the way we do research.
Dear listeners, welcome to season 2! In the first episode of this season, we interviewed Kevin Schawinski(, assistant professor at ETH Zurich and co-founder of the Galaxy Zoo project( The Galaxy Zoo project is a citizen science project that allows any individual to help classify galaxies. The project started in 2007 when Kevin was supposed to classify millions of galaxies (based on their shape mostly) by himself. The task appeared impossible and, at the time, it seemed hard to use a computer to automatically perform classifications. That is how the first version of the Galaxy Zoo project started. Instead of classifying them himself, Kevin helped prepare the data in such a way that anyone could perform classifications, the data was then put on the website and ... the team received more than 70 000 classifications per hour during the first day! During the first year, more than 50 million classifications were proposed by more than a 150 000 individuals! The project was a success and it has been running since then. The classified data from Galaxy Zoo has been used for more than 50 publications( so far. For this episode, Dr. Rachel Harding(, from Episode 05 - Lab scribbles(, helped us interview Kevin, it is something we will try to do again during future episodes to have different kinds of questions and perspectives (and accents!). So if you fill like interviewing fellow researchers about Open Science, please let us know, we would be glad to have you participate in an interview with us :) We are also glad to announce that we now also have a Patreon page(! Complete blogpost with references: The intro song: "Every Waking Hour" by Robin Grey.
This episode is our second episode on PKP conference. Ina Smith talks about open access publishing situation in south Africa and the idea of universities as scholarly publishers using Open Journal Systems (OJS). Alec Smecher introduces PKP and its products, especially OJS; how it can facilitate the peer review and publishing process. He explains how people can use this free open source software. Juan Pablo Alperin talks about their study on the influence of social media on the scholarly communications. In the end we have a very interesting interview with John Willinsky, the founder of PKP, about the project and its ups and downs. This episode is the last episode of the first season. The next season will start in December. Hope you enjoy it! Useful links: Juan Pablo Alperin talk on the effect of social media on scholarly communications (Scholcomm Lab): Ina Smith’s talk on African Open Access Scholarly Publishing: PKP website: Open Journal Systems:
This episode is on Public Knowledge Project (PKP) international scholarly publishing conference, where we met different groups active in open access movement from all over the world. PKP is a non-profit project, started about 20 years ago with the main focus on open access publishing. They have several products related to publishing such as Open Journal Systems (OJS) which is an open source software for facilitating the publishing process of peer reviewed journals. The conference was held at Montreal in August. John Willinsky, the founder of PKP, opened the conference with a very interesting speech about the open access movement and the history behind scholarly publishing from 1693 regarding copyright, licensing, monopolies and the impact of John Lock on the changing the situation. We covered some parts of his speech in this episode. We have interviewed some of the conference attendees on their projects. In this episode we release our interview with Alex Mendoça who talked about Scielo Brazil and their activities such as gathering research open data and the challenges around it. Other interviews will be released in near future. Useful Links: PKP website: The videos of the PKP conference presentations: Brazil Scielo website:
In this episode, Patrick Diehl interviewed Clara Landler, program manager at the Open Data Portal Austria platform. The Open Data Portal is an initiative which provides a website for people to look for open data sets and catalog datasets. The platform features data from companies mostly. Lear more, react:
Kade Morton talked with us about praxis and how it can change the way we consider issues in our world.
In this episode, we interviewed Kade Morton, the founder of Aletheia, to learn more about the project. Aletheia is a decentralised open access publishing platform for scientific research, the project aims at fixing several issues with the current publishing system in research by introducing a new technology, decentralization through a blockchain network, to the publishing field. Learn more, comment and get involved:
Yahya talks about Open hardware and research.
In this episode we interviewed David Brassard and Patrick Diehl about the importance of software licences for the scientific community. Patrick was also part of episode 3 which was also about open source software in research. In this episode, Patrick and Ilyass are hosting the conversation which is more focused about licenses in software, the difference between open source and free (or libre) software and their impacts on a researcher's work. David is a PhD student at Polytechnique Montreal, his work is focused on chemical engineering and material sciences but he is also very interested in open source and free software. Link to the blogpost with more details:
Rachel explains how you can share materials the same way you share data with other researchers in an open way.
In this episode we interviewed Dr. Rachel Harding, a postdoctoral fellow at the [Structural Genomics Consortium](, University of Toronto. Rachel’s current work is focused on the structure of huntingtin, a mutated protein in individuals suffering from Huntington’s disease. During the episode we talked about Huntington’s disease, sharing your results on a regular basis on a blog, setting up a blog and the intellectual property issues related to sharing your data in such a way. Read more:
Monica Granados explains how improv' can help a researcher become a better science communicator.
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