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WEBINAR: Outsider interpretations of open scientific data and their impact on policy - Luis Reyes-Galindo
WEBINAR: Outsider interpretations of open scientific data and their impact on policy - Luis Reyes-Galindo
WhenWednesday, May 6, 2020, 4 – 5 p.m.
Event typesAcademics
Event sponsorseScience Institute - Anissa Tanweer, tanweer@uw.edu

Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering - David Ribes, dribes@uw.edu

Information School - Megan Finn, megfinn@uw.edu

Science, Technology and Society Studies Program - Leah Ceccarelli, cecc@uw.edu
Target AudienceArts/humanities/social sciences/data science
Description

THIS IS AN ONLINE EVENT. 

Throughout the science-policymaking landscape, 'open' has become a ubiquitous buzzword. After decades of political work to make open access the de jure standard for publicly-funded science, alongside the growing visibility of open and citizen science initiatives, open data is poised as the next big step in 'opening up' and accelerating science. Major initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud, tied to a policy objective clearly aiming to 'democratize' science thoroughly, forecast a potential policy landscape of compulsorily open publicly-funded research data in the near future. In this talk I will argue that in order to understand the possible benefits (and drawbacks) of such open data initiatives, a deeper reflection is needed on what ought to be regarded as unambiguously legitimate interpretations of scientific data. To this end, I will present a controversial episode in gravitational wave physics to show the potential pitfalls of leaving data open to interpretation by outsiders to the scientific communities where the data is created. I will argue that without a proper understanding of consensus and dissent in science and what gives scientific interpretations their socio-epistemic legitimacy, outsider interpretations can have serious policy implications and further undermine scientific work of grave importance in the current environment of 'post truth' permeating politics worldwide.

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