Sage Bionetworks is offering 10 travel awards to the 2012 Commons Congress in San Francisco to grad students, postdocs and early stage investigators. Details and an on line application form are available on the Congress website. This is a fantastic opportunity for young clinicians, biologists, software engineers and computational scientists who are passionate about open science and data-intensive science to participate and contribute.
Application deadline is February 29, so act quickly. Please forward this information on to outstanding candidates!
One important outcome from the April Commons Congress in San Francisco was the Commons Principles. This charter for open, contributor-driven genomic research and progressive community engagement was developed to define behaviors and processes for those working in the Commons computational environment as well as for researchers interested in cooperative, data-intensive science and patient advocacy.
The Principles are an aspirational guide rather than a detailed roadmap (which will come from the activities of Community of Interest D over the next year.) This vision for the Commons is described in six principles emphasizing the; healthcare focus, open platform, respect for all stakeholders, proper attribution, transparent standards, and absence of IP barriers.
Starting with a draft prepared by Robert Cook-Deegan, the Principles were revised and approved by Congress attendees and after further revision and condensation the Principles were approved by the Sage Bionetworks Board of Directors. A public endorsement has now begun and we invite you to raise your voice and support for open science and the Sage Bionetworks Commons concept by adding your name or comments to the Principles at http://sagebase.org/WP/com.
Preparations are underway for the next Sage Bionetworks Congress which will be held April 15-16, 2011 in San Francisco. Our theme for the coming year is the move towards personalized, patient-driven medicine, and the role that Sage Bionetworks can play in that transition. There will be reports from the Sage Bionetworks Federation, Working Groups, and exciting projects like SageCite, as well as hackathons, poster sessions, and evening activities.
The Congress Announcement page contains information on the “attendance criteria”; this year we are asking potential attendees to indicate how they are working to build a commons, whether in data, technology, science, policy, advocacy or more. We really want this meeting to be one in which everyone has a stake, and has worked to make a more open approach to science a reality. We expect significant demand for about 250 seats so if you’d like to attend please register your interest soon.
Stephen Friend has published a short editorial/review on the Sage Commons Congress in the new journal Science Translational Medicine. It connects Sage Bionetworks’ vision and mission with the activities of the April meeting. Free access is available on the Sage Bionetworks News page.
Nature Biotechnology continues to follow new industry trends in its July 2010 issue. Stephen Strauss contributed an article entitled, “Pharma Embraces Open Source Models” that highlights Sage’s progressive pharmaceutical partnerships.
Videos of most Sage Commons Congress Presentations are now available on the presentations page of the Sage Congress web site. The April 2010 event in San Francisco was a huge success and the videos capture the excitement of the first Sage Commons Congress. You may view streaming video from fora.tv or download the video files directly to your computer and view them with a suitably equipped web browser or a flash viewer.
PDF copies of most of the presentations are also available for downloading. For more information or to learn how you can get involved please contact email@example.com.