This is why I make my science open

This post was originally written for Mozilla Science Fellowship competition last year (original version was posted on my Github). It didn’t pass the selection process, so I put it on my blog.

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Describe to us how open science advances your research.

I am interested in Open Science because I believe it will attract more collaboration. And once we collaborate, new (unthinkable) results may arise. We need more collaboration in Indonesia, especially in my field of research (hydrogeology), in order to gather more knowledge, research culture, and research impact. In my perspective science should be done in openly manner for it to be reproduced, replicated, and reviewed. Good science is not valued solely based on the quality of the analysis and interpretation, but also how it is disseminated to the community and how the community could use it for their own interests.

Good science is not valued solely based on the quality of the analysis and interpretation, but also how it is disseminated to the community and how the community could use it for their own interests.

Are you leading any projects related to open science?

I am leading three projects this year with all results will be made publicly accessible at the end . One is generating open data platform for groundwater dataset, building a clustering model of geothermal dataset, and designing an open access library repository for university’s thesis database.

How do you see Mozilla advancing your work?

My participation in this program will surely enrich my knowledge and skill in order to nurture open science mind set of our staffs, to promote open library infrastructure for open open thesis/dissertation free access, and to initiate a set of open science regulation in the university and hopefully national scope.

What do you see as the opportunities for impact around open research at your university? Could you leverage this opportunity in a potential project?

Our university now is promoting more collaboration via networking initiatives. In my view, endorsing open science to academic staffs can trigger this. Therefore more curiosity from collaborators can be linked together in form of research collaboration. In time, this effort should lead to more publications and more citations.

What do you think needs to change most immediately in scientific research?

It is the openness in scientific life that has to be changed immediately. The nature of publishing research results is evolving. Publishing papers are now not the one thing to do, but make all the data, methods, and analyses to public are the next best thing. We should nurture the nature of “publish and publicize” in our academic environment in order to speed up the development of science. The second would be the evolving infrastructure from static to dynamic form. The third would evolve organization from closed to open system, where all academic society can contribute their expertise and knowledge.

Publishing papers are now not the one thing to do …

What project in the field do you find most inspiring to further science and the web?

I have three most inspiring open projects: (1) Linux OS; (2) Github; (3) PLOS journal. Those three projects must be called souvenirs for the next generation. All three have nourished best practices of openness, collaboration, and documentation. That science is meant to be shared and developed not owned and mummified.

Science is meant to be shared and developed not to be owned and mummified.

Why is the open web important to you?

It is important because it promotes reproducibility and replicability as the basis of open science. It promotes more results based on the same core resources.

About the author

My current focus is how to provide the hydrostratigraphy of volcanic aquifers in Bandung area. The research is based on environmental isotope measurement in groundwater and morphometry. My work consists of hydrochemical measurements. I am using multivariate statistical methods to provides more quantitative foundation for the analysis and more insight into the groundwater behavior, especially its interaction with surface water. I use open source apps like R and Python to do the job. In my spare time, I also have a side project to promote open science in Indonesia's research workflow. One of my current focus is promoting INARxiv, as the first preprint server of Indonesia (osf.io/preprints/inarxiv) and serving as ORCID and OSF (osf.io) ambassador. Research interest: Hydrochemistry, multivariate analysis, and R programming. Blog: dasaptaerwin.net, derwinirawan.wordpress.com. (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1526-0863)