IfI Colloquium: Towards Reproducible Science: a Few Building Blocks From my Personal Experience, December 5, 2019


Prof. Dr. Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019, 17:15 h

Location: BIN 2.A.01


It is well understood that achieving Reproducible Science across all scientific disciplines is an extremely ambitious goal that will be really difficult to achieve. However, there are many small steps that can be taken towards improving our way of doing, communicating, and advancing Science, by making the experiments that we describe in our scientific papers easier to reproduce.
In this talk, I will talk about some of the efforts that we have been working on in the context of our research group, focused on achieving a more Reproducible Science. First, our work on ontologies for the representation of Wetlab laboratory protocols (for plant genomics). We have been working on analyzing manually papers describing laboratory protocols, deriving a representation for them, understanding how Instruments, Reagents, Outputs, etc., have to be identified and annotated, publishing now this laboratory protocols as Linked Data. Second, the work that we are doing in the context of the STARS4ALL foundation, where we are trying to provide support to the research (and activists) community working on light pollution. We are working on making research data available as open data, as well as creating ontologies that can be used by public institutions. Finally, I will discuss on what I believe that is still needed in order to achieve the broader goal of Reproducible Science and will open a discussion on the current barriers to achieve this goal.


Prof. Dr. Oscar Corcho is full professor of Artificial Intelligence at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, where he co-leads the Ontology Engineering Group. His main research activities are focused on Ontology Engineering, Ontology-Based Data Access and Integration, and the application of semantic technologies in Open Science. In 2016 he was conferred the award Juan López de Peñalver by the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering, for being one of the top young scientists in the area of Engineering. He combines his research activities with technology transfer (being the co-founder of the spin-off company Localidata focused on open government data) and open data and open science activism.