Open Source Tools for Scientific Research

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Scheduled: Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B201


Come learn about open science and the tools available for modern scientific research.


All too often, the current model for communication within scientific communities is still stuck in the past. This leads to research groups each having their own methods and code only available by request. This is inefficient at best, and at worst is a failure to the public who funds the research, for which the methods and results should be available.

There are many in the scientific community that want to change how we share methods and technology to a more open model. Open source software is playing an increasingly important role in the inclusivity and transparency of scientific research. Additionally, it reduces duplications of efforts between common areas of research. I will provide a survey of what tools are available for conducting and sharing research.

The overview will include tools for:

  • data analysis
  • plotting/visualizations
  • sharing data and code
  • project coordination.

By the end of the talk audience members be ready to start exploring tools on their own, and understand the importance of open science.


science, data

Speaking experience

I have given a talk at the Portland Python user group. I am an advisory member of the local Pyladies chapter where I have helped plan and lead workshops. I also lead coding workshops for scientists at my work.