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Seminar Series on Open Science


The OpenWetWare Seminar Series on Open Science is dedicated to bringing in speakers to talk about how open communities, practices, and technologies affect the culture and progress of science. This seminar series is made possible by the MIT iCampus Outreach Initiative.

Next Seminar

Chris Surridge, Managing Editor of PLoS ONE

2pm, Friday October 20, 2006
MIT Stata Center, 32-155
Talk Poster

Talk Overview

Dr. Surridge is helping start PLoS ONE, an effort to democratize scientific contribution, access, review, and merit. This exciting new journal publishes scientifically sound research regardless of subjective criteria such as "likely impact" or "reader interest". Following publication, readers comment, annotate, and rate each paper, adding value to the work as time goes on. Dr. Surridge will talk of the progress to date, and the challenges that lie ahead.


Adapted from the PLoS Biography

Christopher Surridge graduated with a degree in Biophysics from Leeds University in 1988 and went on to study the dynamics of microtubule assembly at Imperial College London. After a couple of years of post-doc research he moved into scientific publishing as Assistant Editor on Nature Structural Biology in December 1993. In 1995 he moved onto the editorial team at Nature where he handled an eclectic mix of subject areas mainly focusing on biophysics, mathematical and systems biology, and plant science. He also spent some time editing Nature's Brief Communication section which has never fully recovered. By mid-2005 the allure of reshaping scientific publishing to satisfy the needs of a new century became irresistible and he moved to PLoS's Cambridge office working on a new project called PLoS ONE to be launched in 2006.

Past Seminars

John Wilbanks: March 24th, 2006 The following is a low resolution google video of the talk. Downloadable higher resolution versions can be found here. <html> <embed style="width:400px; height:326px;" id="VideoPlayback" align="middle" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="" allowScriptAccess="sameDomain" quality="best" bgcolor="#ffffff" scale="noScale" wmode="window" salign="TL" FlashVars="playerMode=embedded"> </embed> </html>