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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Interview with Jean-Claude Bradley

Bora Zivkovic, Doing science publicly: Interview with Jean-Claude Bradley, A Blog Around The Clock, May 23, 2008.
... You are one of the pioneers of Open Notebook Science. Could you, please, explain to my readers what this is?

Open Notebook Science is simply the practice of making one's laboratory notebook completely public in as close to real time as possible. In organic chemistry this is pretty straightforward - researchers must keep a notebook where they record what they do and observe in an experiment, generally with the intent of making a specific compound. In other fields, records may be kept in different formats but the idea is that the research group doing ONS should strive to do research transparently with as little "insider information" as is reasonable. In organic chemistry this means providing access to all raw data files (spectra for example) so that another researcher can independently verify all observations and conclusions made. ...