Movements advocating “open” science and research have been gaining momentum since the turn of the twenty-first century. From open access publishing and open data archiving, to open peer review and citizen science, practices under the “open” umbrella carry hopes of fixing or revolutionising science communication, and science itself.
Some scientists have led movements towards openness from within their communities, but many others seem ambivalent. Now that funders and universities increasingly require open practices, questions arise about “cultural” resistance to openness amongst scientists. Ros aims to step into this cultural sphere and listen to scientists' understandings - including their views on the current open science agenda, and other meanings of openness that are important to them.
Ros Attenborough is a third year PhD student in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Her interest in scientific "openness" began while working for the open access publisher PLOS, and she has been studying scientists' views of the topic since 2015. Her interest in scientific cultures began with her biology degree at ANU - and CPAS courses that taught her to see science in context.