The ethics and technical know-how of open science in ecology and evolution

– Living Norway Colloquium 2021


Dates: October 25th – 26th 2021

Venue: The seminar and workshops will be a hybrid event, with an in-house colloquium located at NINA-huset in Trondheim, but possibility for full participation remotely (via video and discussion software).

Be aware of limit attendance or seating capacity to allow for social distancing. All decisions about how the event will be organized, including distancing rules and number of participant on-site will follow recommendations from Norwegian health authorities.

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Program outline: Day one will be dedicated to public lectures from national and international invited speakers. On day two, Living Norway, Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD) at NTNU and bioCEED at UiB will co-host two workshops, focusing on on novel tools for reproducible and transparent workflows in ecology and evolution, and increased teaching FAIR data management and open science, respectively.

Code of conduct: We want to ensure that everyone who attends our colloquium feels welcome, safe and comfortable. You can read the conference code of conduct here.


Background and conference themes

Living Norway Ecological Data Network was established to facilitate FAIR management of ecological data. Because FAIR data and open data are a part of the broader open science movement, we do not limit our focus to just data management. However, this is the central aspect of our network activities. Our annual conference is an important part of our activity, as it gives us the possibility to discuss open science and FAIR data management with colleagues from across the globe.

This year’s colloquium will mainly adress and discuss two seemingly different but very interconnected themes. The first theme we will focus on is the technology and tools that are out there to help us becoming as FAIR as possible. What are current possibilities, what are the challenges and how do we best fill the gaps? Previous surveys from across disciplines have shown that not knowing how to make your data FAIR and open following best practices is a significant barrier to many researchers. We hope this event can initiate a discussion about how to lower this barrier.

In the second theme, we will discuss central ethical aspects centred around open and FAIR data. How do we give data producers fair credit and treatment? How do we handle sensitive biodiversity data? What’s the future of data embargo and “Data available upon request”? Are there ethical dilemmas related to the reuse of open data? The science community is now entering the open science era, and we hope our colloquium could facilitate discussions around new ethical considerations.

This is our third annual colloquium. We look forward to meeting you again to discuss timely and relevant topics related to open science and (FAIR) management of ecological data!

The organizers are grateful to the Research Council of Norway and our host organizations for supporting this event.