IGDORE Open Seminars

I mentioned to @pcmasuzzo yesterday the idea of launching an IGDORE open seminar series occurring online on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. Speakers would come from within and outside of IGDORE and talks would be relevant to open and replicable science. The seminars would be open to the public.

Each session would begin with a 10-15 minutes general Q&A on open and replicable science. Here any attendee may ask questions they’re looking for answers to, such as how to solve a statistical issue they’re struggling with, how to preregister their research, how to convince co-authors to publish open access, or any other question they currently may be struggling with. The speaker would be present to answer such questions but the questions could just as well be answered by other attendees.

I was thinking about talks being categorised into one of five recurring themes:

Whistleblowers. Speakers who blew the whistle, or perhaps decided not to, and speakers who may have conducted research on whistleblowing.

Methodological terrorists. Speakers who by some might be considered ‘data police’ or ‘methodological terrorists’, the latter a term coined by Dr. Susan Fiske, Professor in Psychology. That is, speakers who investigate the quality of other researchers’ work. This type of talk focuses on the investigative process, related ethics, funding, conflicts, etc; pure methodological topics are instead discussed under the category ‘Hardcore methods’.

Revelations. Speakers talk about their own mistakes in science, how they themselves were engaged in questionable research practices or other types of morally questionable research. The talks have a particular focus on how the speaker came to realise that what they were doing was wrong or how they came to the decision to change their practices.

Future of science. Speakers discuss ideas and concepts they believe to be the future of science. The talks can be highly visionary or bring up phenomena that have already been launched but still are new to many empirical researchers.

Hardcore methods. Here we discuss research methods and statistics. The speaker might launch a new idea or provide a walk through of an already established concept, method, analysis, or tool.

Would love to hear people’s thoughts on this. Maybe you have suggestions on speakers you’d like to hear? Or maybe you have thoughts on additional or other categories or maybe you’d prefer to rename them?

Ping e.g. @global_board.


This is a great idea and, if my expertise is deemed useful, I volunteer to host one of these meetings. I could give a practical, hands-on session on how to use the OSF, perhaps the target audience is interested and would just need a little nudge to start using it. I could also provide a short introduction on preregistration and registered reports, or a specific Q&A session on registered reports. There are more knowledgeable people than me on this forum, so I’d be happy to co-host. @rebecca, I am not sure any of these proposals fall into your above categories… what are your thoughts?

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Awesome, @antonio.schettino, that sounds great! I think it belongs in the ‘Hardcore methods’ category. But maybe we should rename it if you think it’s no good fit for your seminar(s) (because if you don’t find it fitting then there’s probably others thinking the same).

I would consider “hardcore method” something complex, e.g., Bayesian hierarchical modeling in statistics, not how to use the OSF. Perhaps an additional category could be Useful Tools and would include hands-on sessions on how to use the OSF as well as other open source software and services, e.g., Cryptomator (to encrypt files and folders with sensitive research data), VSCodium (a code editor), and the best VPN service out there, Mullvad.

Discussions on preregistration and registered reports might fit in a separate category called Current Advancements or something like that… I’ve never been good at catchy titles :stuck_out_tongue:

For the category Future of science, I would definitely recommend contacting the editors of the Journal of Trial and Error, one of the most interesting and innovative young journals I’ve seen. I have invited them a couple of times (e.g., yesterday :smiley:) to present their vision and project to the OSCR members. If you think it can be a good topic, I can contact them directly.


Very interesting! That made me think of another new and very interesting journal: https://journalofcontroversialideas.org/

Perhaps it could be meaningful with a seminar including presentations and discussion on both these journals?

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Maybe @dbernt and you could give a joint seminar on VPN and why researchers should care about it?

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Yes, a seminar highlighting these two journals and their underlying philosophy would be really cool!

I’m not qualified, but I’d love to hear @dbernt’s opinion… I’d definitely attend such a seminar!

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This all sounds like a great idea. Some of these categories also sound like they could work well in a panel discussion format (particularly Revelations & Future of Science)

Relatedly, @pcmasuzzo and I were also talking about an OS journal club for the forum. This seems to be on the back-burner for now, but inviting OS/metascience researchers to discuss their latest work could also be nice for a seminar (I guess this could fit under any category).

@antonio.schettino - I would be happy to hear more on OSF and other tools you use.

I would be interested in hearing more from @sTeamTraen about data policing, it seems he’s developed quite a reputation for it!


Nick is on my list too of people I’d like to invite. :slightly_smiling_face:

Or maybe a seminar on internet privacy in general? Inviting someone from PrivacyTools.io? We applied for a grant (unsuccessfully) with them with the aim to create a MOOC on privacy based on their website. I hope to apply again from somewhere else.

I hesitate as it could be perceived as marketing.

We live in capitalism, it is totally normal. Can you give a seminar about importance of VPN and non-Google alternative tools?

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i volunteer for the WHISTLEBLOWING seminar, as i have a LIVE case at hand… :slight_smile: