This year’s Joint Roadmap for Open Science Tools (JROST) Conference is coming up quickly — and we wanted to take a moment to share a sneak peek of the program with you all.

The conference will take place over the course of December 14-16th, with session slots each day to accommodate as many time zones as possible. We will have a variety of session types ranging from keynotes and panel discussions to shorter lightning talk presentations and smaller breakout sessions for deeper dives into key topics and skills for practitioners.

More information about the session timing and schedule will be posted next week. In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of some of the speakers and topics featured at this year’s event.

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Opening sessions:

We’re excited to have the following speakers join us on our virtual main stage to share their perspectives on open infrastructure, sustainability, and the need for further action.

Cancelling Big Deal Subscriptions and Re-investing in Open:

  • Elaine Westbrooks, Vice Provost of Libraries, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Evviva Weinraub, Vice Provost for University Libraries, University at Buffalo
  • Kaitlin Thaney, Invest in Open Infrastructure (moderator)

Revealing the secrets of COVID-19: Analyzing the nation’s clinical data together:

  • Melissa Haendel (Director, NIH Center for Data to Health)

We will also be hearing from top funders actively engaged in building infrastructure (in addition to funding it) as well as foundation leaders shaping how we think about digital public infrastructure.

Funders Funding Infrastructure:

  • Robert Kiley, Wellcome Trust
  • Ashley Farley, Gates Foundation
  • Ross Mounce, Arcadia Fund
  • Dr. Chonnettia Jones, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
  • Greg Tananbaum, Open Research Funders Group
  • Kristen Ratan, Stratos

The future of Digital Public Infrastructure:

  • Patricia Hswe, Mellon Foundation
  • Laura Maher, Siegel Endowment
  • Dario Taraborelli, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Michael Brennan, Ford Foundation

Lastly, we’ll be hearing from practitioners all around the world about their work, the challenges they’ve experienced, and ways we can move forward as a community. It’s a full three days — and we couldn’t be more excited to bring you this program. (Register here to secure your spot.)

Confirmed sessions include:

  • Ersilia, tackling neglected diseases with open source AI (Gemma Turon, Ersilia)
  • Reproducibility for Everyone (April Clyburne-Sherin, Reproducibility4Everyone)
  • Unfold Research: incentives and curation (Dragan Okanovic, Unfold Research)
  • Open "Science education" begins at home (Kshitiz Kenal, Open Knowledge Nepal)
  • Trust the hustle:  Honoring Open while making earned-revenue sustainability work (Jason Priem & Heather Piwowar, Our Research)
  • Advancing Computational Reproducibility in the Social Sciences: Creating and using digital reproduction records as a pedagogical tools (Katie Hoeberling, Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in Social Sciences)
  • Building Together to More Effectively Meet Our Goals in Data Publishing (Danielle Lowenberg, Dryad, California Digital Library)
  • 2i2c - a new non-profit to promote open tools in interactive computing for research and education (Chris Holdgraf, 2i2c, UC Berkeley
  • How to utilise collective impact to achieve open research goals (Michelle Barker, Research Software Alliance)
  • Enabling collaboration using Rescognito Checklists. Leveraging DOI, ORCID and ROR to collect structured assertions and award recognition (Richard Wynne, Rescognito)
  • On the cusp: Managing the transition from research project to open infrastructure, with COKI as a case study (Cameron Neylon, COKI)
  • Standards, standards, standards (Josh Hadro, IIIF; Rosalyn Metz, Emory University, OCFL)
  • Bropenscience & diversity is the name of the game (Kirstie Whitaker, Turing Institute)
  • CoVis: An open collaboration to make seminal coronavirus research more visible (Peter Kraker, Open Knowledge Maps)
  • SWORD Version 3 Update (Neil Jefferies, Bodleian Libraries)
  • A Map for Science: the OpenAIRE Research Graph (Paolo  Manghi, OpenAIRE)
  • Open Source Digital Ecosystems for Accelerating Research, Innovation and Global Collaboration (Ray Uzwyshyn, Texas Digital Library)
  • Frictionless Collaborations: Piloting Open Data Management (Lily Winfree, Open Knowledge Foundation)
  • Invest in open infrastructure: Indonesia’s case (Dasapta Erwin, ITB, RINarxiv)
  • Fostering collaboration: breaking down workflow barriers (Alexander Ketchakmadze, Stencila)
  • Open@RIT's LibreCorps: A model for closing the gap in capacities and sustainability in Academic Open Work (Stephen Jacobs, Rochester Institute of Technology)
  • Using AI to promote data policy compliance (Tim Vines, DataSeer)
  • Sustaining Open Through Collaborative Funding Action (Kevin Stranack, Public Knowledge Project)
  • The varying openness of digital open science tools (Jo Havemann, Access 2 Perspectives)
  • Exploring how use cases for OA monograph usage data can inform a multi-platform data trust (Christina Drummond, Educopia Institute)
  • Bringing equity to the preprint ecosystem: how and with what tools? (Iratxe Puebla, ASAPBio)
  • How Open is Open? (Vanessa Proudman, SPARC Europe)
  • Community-supported staff - successes, challenges, and lessons learned (Heather Greer Klein, Samvera)
  • Changing the WHO, WHEN, and HOW of scholarly peer review (Daniela Saderi, PREreview)
  • Supporting open research communities during COVID (Emily Leschak, Code for Science & Society)
  • Supporting collaborative projects - how community managers design programming for different levels of participation (Lou Woodley, Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement)
  • Sustainability for shared data (Russ Poldrack, Stanford Department of Psychology)
  • The Wikimedia ecosystem as a key component of an open science landscape (Daniel Mietchen, School of Data Science, University of Virginia)
  • Measuring compliance with open/transparent policies (Anita Bandrowski, SciCrunch)
  • Short-timers wanted: Hiring and working with subcontractors (Jason Priem & Heather Piwowar, Our Research)
  • GIN-tonic:  a github for science, finally! (Julien Colomb, HU-Berlin)
  • Quartz OA: a new model for fair, equitable and sustainable Open Access publishing (Antonio Tenorio-Fornés, Decentralized Academy SL, and Evgeniya Lupova Henrry)

For more information on this year’s event, visit the event page. We’ll be posting more about the full schedule next week (watch this space!)

In the meantime, don’t forget to register (it’s free!) and be sure to check out our Rapid Response Fund. Deadline for applications is December 7th.

Register now!

We hope to see you there and stay tuned for more!

Posted by Kaitlin Thaney