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Octopus: The new primary research record

13/07/2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Octopus is a project partner of UKRN, which sets out to be the new primary research record of science. Rather like taking the concept of ‘registered reports’ further, in Octopus, the unit of publication is much smaller – meaning that you can publish (establishing priority, and getting constructive reviews from others) Research Problems, Hypotheses, Protocols, Data, Analyses, Interpretations or Real World Implications/Translations. A Peer Review is also an equal type of publication as any of those seven. It is free and instant to publish (or to read publications), but every new publication needs to be attached to an existing one – so data cannot be published without being linked to the published Method by which it was collected etc.

For a prototype of Octopus, see https://science-octopus.org

As Octopus moves from prototype to launch version, the team want to work with researchers across as many disciplines as possible; those that are Open Science newbies, sceptics and innovators alike, to help refine the user experience.

This workshop is a chance to use Octopus and give your feedback on how it could be improved, facilitated by Dr Alexandra Freeman.

Programme (times are GMT+1 / BST)

12:00-12:15 – Introduction to Octopus and the concept behind it

12:15-12:45 – Hands on with the prototype: bring along a test publication and try using Octopus yourself

12:45-13:10 – Discussion of how people found it to use

13:10-13:30 – Mock-ups of new designs, and feedback on them

13:30-13:50 – What would get you or others to use Octopus? What other systems should it be integrated with?

13:50-14:00 – Final thoughts: key barriers and potential solutions


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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