And the winners are…

We would like to congratulate the winners of the eScience 2015 competition. Please give a big round of applause for:

Please join us in Munich and congratulate them in person! Online registration is open until 21st August (and on-site registration throughout the conference week)!

Guest blog: Fourth paradigm or not, we join forces: the PLAN-E workshop

Written by Patrick Aerts, the organizer of the PLAN-E meetings at the 11th IEEE International Conference on eScience. Patrick Aerts works at the Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC) on Strategic Alliances and with other parties on Data Stewardship and Software Sustainability policies.

While universities and national governments are setting up escience centers and data science centers, we are combining their forces into a solid Platform of eScience/Data Research Centers in Europe (PLAN-E). The newly set up centers and the focal shifts in existing support centers share much common interests and common challenges. PLAN-E identifies these interests and addresses these challenges. In its third plenary meeting, hosted by the German membership of PLAN-E at the IEEE eScience conference, the lecture themes will address a manifold of escience topics, while the two workshops address the topics of knowledge exchange and data stewardship and software sustainability.

Of course we discuss matters like the 4th paradigm in science and the status of eScience as a discipline. But rather than diving into semantics or philosophy PLAN-E does things, by being practical and pragmatic to achieve real and feasible goals.

eScience/Data Research Centers from about 20 European countries support PLAN-E and it is still growing. The basis for PLAN-E are the terms of reference and its portfolio of activities is annually redefined by action plans.

We welcome you to join our open workshop sessions on Thursday.

Update on the camera ready process and deadlines

The production of conference proceedings will be handled by the IEEE CPS. CPS will contact the authors directly regarding the submission of the copyright releases and final camera ready papers. The schedule for the final publishing steps is the following:

  •  10th July 2015: final submission instructions
  • 24th July: papers due in pdf format (in 8.5x11x2 format that differs slightly from the one used in earlier submissions)
  • 31st July: final chair approval

N.B. If your paper has been accepted and you haven’t received the instructions from CPS, please contact us ASAP!

Guest blog: Time for a cultural shift?

Today’s guest blog is written by Ketan Maheshwari,
the organiser of the ERROR workshop and a postdoctoral researcher at Argonne National Laboratory who remains – despite his Ph.D. studies at Sophia Antipolis – a mere student of the Gallic shrug in the face of highs and lows of research.

We all have our share of screw ups and missteps – whether we admit or not. Perhaps due to lure of the “not”, many of us avoid postmortem analysis of such experiences. However, wouldn’t it be useful to analyze, in depth, about what went wrong in such research efforts?

We believe that mistakes, missteps and negative results are a norm
rather than exception in any activity pushing the boundaries of what is possible. This should be especially true in the case of eScience, as it often supports ambitious experiments with experimental tools. The efforts expended in such endeavors are equally valuable as those expended in obtaining successful results. Unfortunately, the reality of today’s culture of publication in science in general and eScience in particular heavily favors positive results.

We think it is about time to bring in a shift in the culture! In the
ERROR workshop, we call for submissions describing experiences in eScience that have led to negative results. We hope that such experiences, when shared with the community will result in a
fertile ground for many new and useful ideas that could potentially
change the face of eScience in the coming years.

Ketan