The 2019 Peebles Memorial Lecture "Open Science is Good (Data) Science" presented by Dr. Beth Plale, program officer at the US National Science Foundation and full professor in the Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington.
Dr. Plale is a program officer at the US National Science Foundation working on open science. She is also a full professor in the Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington and has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications. She is the founding director of the Data to Insight Center and the HathiTrust Research Center and past science director of the Pervasive Technology Institute.
Dr. Plale’s research interests are in data management, cloud computing, big data, and open science.
Dr. Plale’s postdoctoral studies were done at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her PhD is from the Watson School of Engineering at the State University of New York Binghamton. She is one of the two US founding members of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and served as inaugural chair of the RDA Technical Advisory Board (TAB). She received the Early Career award from the Department of Energy (DOE).
Open science is a principle -- of openness -- applied to scientific research results and its products, including data and software. The objective of open science is to accelerate the dissemination of fundamental research results that will “advance the frontiers of knowledge and help ensure the nation’s future prosperity.” Open science has both social and technical components. It seeks from scientists more attention to research processes, more thought to subsequent uses of data, and more thought to the reproducibility and replicability of one’s work. It seeks from computational infrastructure more responsiveness to reproducibility. It seeks from science communities a deeper appreciation of their data gems. As it is rare for data science research to involve neither data nor software, and at times it requires large amounts of both, the principles of open science are particularly relevant to data science. In this talk, Plale discusses open science in data science from perspectives of both funder and researcher with the objective of showing that open science is good science that in the end benefits us all.
About the series:
The series commemorates decades of service given to Indiana University by Dr. Christopher S. Peebles, former associate vice president for research and academic computing and dean for information technology. When Peebles stepped down as associate vice president in 2003, then-Vice President for Information Technology Michael McRobbie established an endowment through the IU Foundation to fund a lecture series in his honor. The series is expected to bring some of the sharpest minds in information technology to Indiana University.
"Chris was a distinguished scholar in multiple disciplines, an inveterate reader, and a leader who helped set the foundations for the excellent IT environment we enjoy at IU," said longtime colleague Dr. Craig Stewart. "This lecture series honors Chris's service and dedication to IU and to academia in general."
About Dr. Christopher Peebles:
Peebles came to Indiana University in 1985 as director of the Glenn A. Black Laboratory. His career at Indiana University uniquely encompassed both anthropology and information technology. His interest in formal organizations and their cultures' effect on quality of corporate performance led to a key role in bringing vital cost and quality management programs to Indiana University's central information technology organization. Dr. Peebles served twice as interim chief information officer at Indiana University. Dr. Peebles has published and made important contributions in several distinct fields: anthropology, information science, quality management, and information technology, and was active in the Indiana University community and faculty governance. Peebles retired from IU in 2009, and passed away in 2012.https://kb.iu.edu/d/apwo