[Comp-neuro] CFP: FOSDEM 2020 Open Research Tools & Technologies track

Achilleas Koutsou koutsou at biologie.uni-muenchen.de
Wed Oct 16 19:01:24 CEST 2019

This is a *Call for Proposals* for the *Open Research Tools &
Technologies* devroom/track
at FOSDEM 2020.

Web version: https://research-fosdem.github.io/

For the first time at FOSDEM, we are organising a track for the tools and
technologies being used in and developed for researchers and scientists and
the unique challenges surrounding these topics.

FOSDEM (Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting) is a
non-commercial, volunteer-organised European event centred on free
and open-source software development.  It is aimed at developers and anyone
interested in the free and open-source software movement.  It aims to
enable developers to meet and to promote the awareness and use of free and
open-source software.
More info:

The *Open Research Tools & Technologies* devroom is a track dedicated to
bringing together developers of research tools with users, potential future
contributors, and developers of the wider FLOSS community to discuss the
unique challenges for these particular areas of software development.
We aim to:

   - Allow knowledge-based tool developers to publicise their efforts and
   become aware of other FLOSS projects.
   - Facilitate the pooling of coding efforts on (often poorly funded)
   - Create a network where otherwise isolated developers and research
   engineers can share common concerns.
   - Provide social recognition for people who work in fields where
   designing and developing tools does not produce the traditionally
   recognisable outcomes, e.g., research papers.

We seek talks about:

   - New software releases of research tools or technologies.
   - Feedback on open technology stacks used in research contexts (e.g.,
   scientific research, journalistic inquiry, archive creation or publication,
   etc.) which collect, analyse, document, visualise, and/or share data.
   - Tool design and implementation for specific research contexts, e.g.,
   how to hold an algorithm accountable to social scientists, how to foster
   better replicability and interoperability thanks to FLOSS, how to cope with
   biases of a chart for a data journalist, etc.
   - Issues and opportunities about bridging tech culture with research
   environments (research labs, libraries, newsrooms, museums, etc.).

Talks will be around 20-40 minutes long + 5-10 minutes Q&A, must be in
English, will be video recorded by the amazing FOSDEM staff and will be
available on the FOSDEM video recordings archive.

*Time and place:*
Saturday 1st February 2020
from 10:30 to 19:00
ULB, Brussels, Belgium

*How to submit proposals*

*By submitting a proposal you agree to being recorded and to have your talk
made available.*
*Deadline:* Sunday 1st December 2019 23:59 CET

Submissions must include:

   - Abstract
   - Session type (Lecture or Lightning talk)
   - Session length (20-40 min, 10 min for a lightning talk)
   - Expected prior knowledge / intended audience
   - Speaker bio

The following information may also be provided but is optional:

   - Links to code / slides / material for the talk
   - Links to previous talks by the speaker

Submission process is managed in the Pentabarf system used by the FOSDEM

Apply for a talk: https://penta.fosdem.org/submission/FOSDEM20

When submitting your talk in Pentabarf, make sure to select the *Open
Research Tools and Technologies Devroom* as the Track.  If you already have
a Pentabarf account from a previous FOSDEM event, please reuse it.

Feel free to contact me directly for any questions or concerns:
koutsou at biologie.uni-muenchen.de <koutsou at bio.lmu.de>

*Other devrooms that might be of interest*

Even if FOSDEM is not science-specific, you might be interested by many
other talks.  Some developer rooms (tracks) that may be relevant to the
interests of this mailing list:

   - HPC, Big Data, and Data Science
   - Graph systems and algorithms
   - Open source design
   - Community

*Developer room organisers*
Achilleas Koutsou, G-Node, http://g-node.org  https://github.com/achilleas-k
Michael Sonntag, G-Node, http://g-node.org  https://github.com/mpsonntag
Paul Girard, Sciences Po médialab,
Mathieu Jacomy, Aalborg University TANT Lab, https://www.tantlab.aau.dk/
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