open science

Curating secondary data for COVID-19 research

When the global COVID-19 pandemic was anounced, scientists and organizations worldwide responded swiftly by volunteering research time and data. Some are studying the spread of the disease, others are studying the implementation of policies, and again others are studying psychosocial factors, like the consequences of social distancing, or policy adherence. This crisis is a clear demonstration that Open Science practices can accellerate scientific progress. Like many others, I volunteered research time, specifically to Data scientists Against Corona.

Using GitBooks to create Open course materials

With the social restrictions put in place to combat the COVID-19 virus, many teachers are scrambling to transition their courses to online formats. One tool that can be very useful in this context, is the so-called GitBook. It is an oline “book” format, that can be hosted directly from a GitHub repository. I have some prior expertise benefiting from the advantages of using a GitBook, because I transitioned a course from proprietary software to R last year.