Open Science in the Sophomore Organic Chemistry Laboratory

The Peer Developed Peer Led sophomore organic chemistry (SOC) laboratory experiment project is offered as an attempt at closed and open sciencedoing “open science” in the internet age. We are doing our best to document our process and relay the results to others who may be interested in either the process of developing SOC experiments or the experiments themselves. We believe that the open SOC laboratory is advantageous on several levels: 1) It has the potential to engage both instructor and student in an unprecedented way. SOC laboratory should be more than just repeating last year’s experiment with a new group of students. 2) It will improve the quality of SOC laboratories and the experiments we do. When scientists interact, the result is always an encouragement and challenge to achieve as well as an exchange of information. This is why scientists attend meetings. 3) It will create knowledge. Scientific knowledge is the process of building on what others have achieved. The more we know what each other is doing, the more we can build on that information to create new knowledge. A recent presentation by Dr. Jean-Claude Bradley entitled “Open Notebook Science: Research in Real Time” is available on the internet. One of his slides has been reformulated in the accompanying figure to show the movement from traditional closed science towards a new vision of open sharing of digitally stored scientific information.

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  1. Posted March 9, 2008 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Just in case you don’t already know of it, I’ll point you to Jean-Claude Bradley’s lab at Drexel, where he practices what he calls Open Notebook Science. You seem to have many goals and ideas in common with J-C. You might also be interested in the similar work that Cameron Neylon is doing.


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