Marcus D. Hanwell will present at talk titled ‘Saving the World with Open Source and Open Science.’


The very nature of scientific discovery has changed over the last few decades as the primary language of science has shifted from mathematics to computer code, and the volume of data has increased from one or two tables of primary results to more data than can reasonably be printed/interpreted by any scientist armed with a pen and paper. Open source owes many of its founding principles of peer review and reproducibility to the scientific method, but science has been slow to take full advantage of new technologies.

This talk will examine how the push for open science, reproducibility, and open source in science has the potential to significantly transform the nature of scientific research. The field needs both technological and social changes in order to fully realize the potential of our networked world, moving from a publication model invented at the same time as the printing press to one that fully embraces the instant communication of data. Practical examples of where current publication models are failing, and how open source, open access, and open data are beginning to improve this situation will be discussed. Some of the open source scientific software projects developed at Kitware and around the world will be shown, along with their impact on high performance computing, and the software processes developed around them to ensure reproducibility.

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