Working Open Workshop

At this Boston-Area Working Open Workshop, Mozilla Science Lab staff and community will run a set of working sessions and discussions to help prepare open research projects and build knowledge on open initiatives. This page will serve as a resource for all session materials. This event is run in collaboration with MIT Media Lab and the MIT Libraries.



MIT Media Lab, Building E14, 75 Amherst street, Cambridge, MA 02142.

Thurs Aug 3




Open Research Extravaganza (7-9pm)

Fri Aug 4




Group Dinner!



Session notes and resources will be recorded in this etherpad:


  1. Getting Help

    Here we'll hopefully answer questions you might have.

    • What is the location?

      MIT Media Lab, Building E14, 75 Amherst street, Cambridge, MA 02142.
      Check your email for the room number!

    • What is the WIFI code?

        MIT GUEST (no password)
    • What is our event hashtag?


    • Is there a chat room?

      Yes, we have a Gitter chat room.

    • Can follow everyone on Twitter?

      Yes! You can see tweets from all the attendees and organizers on the Boston WOW Twitter List

    • Where can I find the Science Lab Code of Conduct?

      You can find it here. We'd love for feedback on how it could be improved.

    • Who can I approach if I have any problems or issues to report that violate our Code of Conduct?

      In coordination with our Code of Conduct, we have two appointed members of our "safety team" responsible for maintaining the ethos of that code throughout the event, and providing help or resources to anyone who might require it. Reach out to the following people if you have questions, issues, or concerns that you wish to express.

      • Zannah Marsh - @zee-moz,
      • Kevin Moerman - @KMMoerman,
  2. Finding Resources

    Here we'll list some persistent resources that you might use throughout the workshop.

  3. Glossary


    Open Leadership Cohort is a group of participants who have a shared experience and goal - to help further open practice in their work and community. It's what the WOW participants will be inducted into, you can read more about it on this blog.


    The Mozilla Science Lab has a group of awesome fellows in our annual fellowship program.


Meet your mentors & organizers!

These folk are here to support and help you! They will help facilitate trainings and provide and ongoing mentorship after the Workshop.

Abigail Cabunoc Mayes (@abbycabs)

open source, mentorship & prototyping @mozilla @MozOpenLeaders (web+science=) alum:@MozillaScience @OICR_news @wormbase @uwaterloo
GitHub: @acabunoc

Chris Ritzo (@ChrisRitzo)

I’ve spent my career in tech support, teaching, web development and information science work in a variety of public interest organizations like K12 schools, libraries, higher education, membership based advocacy orgs and for the past few years at New America’s Open Technology Institute. At OTI I work primarily on the Measurement Lab project but have also assisted with other initiatives like Ranking Digital Rights and Commotion Wireless. Broadly, I’m interested in socio-technical issues as they affect public resources and institutions, particularly libraries and schools.
GitHub: @critzo

Christopher Madan (@cmadan)

Computational cognitive neuroscientist, specializing in human memory and individual differences in brain morphology.
GitHub: @cmadan

Dellicia Shorter

Mozilla College Campus Regional Coach

Jason A. Clark (@jaclark)

Jason A. Clark ( is an Associate Professor and Head of Special Collections and Archival Informatics at Montana State University, specializing in web development, metadata and data modeling, linked and structured data, search engine optimization, and interface design. You can find him online at and as @jaclark on Twitter.
GitHub: @jasonclark

Joe Akin

biomedical researcher with many years bench research experience, passionate about making science more open, co-founder of web platform REfigure
GitHub: @j-joe-akin

Julia Vallera (@colorwheelz)

I have been working in the arts as an educator, printmaker, public engagement artist, community manager and consultant for 15+ years. I am a technology enthusiast that collaborates with many people and organizations to invent new learning pathways and innovative educational practices for youth, educators, families, artists, technologists and more.
GitHub: @jvallera

Kevin Moerman (@KMMoerman)

Biomechanical&design engineer @MIT @medialab @tcdbioengineer, @gibbonToolbox developer. Editor for @journalopenhw @JOSS_TheOJ, @OpenEngr, @RIOJournal, @engrXiv
GitHub: @Kevin-Mattheus-Moerman

Kipp Bradford (@kippworks)

Kipp Bradford is a Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab. He has founded start-ups in the fields of transportation, consumer products, HVAC, and medical devices. He serves on nonprofit boards including The Maker Education Initiative, The Nation of Makers, and the BeagleBoard Foundation. He is the author of Distributed Network Data (hardware hacking for Data Scientists, with Alasdair Allan), contributed a chapter to Building Open Source Hardware, and was the Demo Chair of the 2013 Open Hardware Summit.
GitHub: @kippkitts

Paul Villoutreix (@paulvilloutreix)

Postdoctoral fellow @ Princeton University and visiting fellow of the Center for Data Arts @ The New School. Interdisciplinary research at the intersection of developmental biology, mathematics and data art.
GitHub: @paulvill

Phoebe Ayers (@phoebe_ayers)

I'm an engineering librarian at MIT, specializing in electrical engineering and computer science, who also helps researchers manage their research data. In my spare time, I help run Wikipedia, one of the largest open and collaborative communities online. I am interested in making publications, science, and research open and accessible to all.
GitHub: @phoebeayers

Tom Hohenstein (@tomhohenstein)

data services librarian - nice person; enjoyer of #StudyGroup; worker for open data; drinker of #tea; emacs believer.
GitHub: @tomhohenstein

Will Kearney (@wskearney)

I'm a PhD student in Earth and Environment at Boston University. I study how water flows through salt marshes.
GitHub: @wkearn


We're bringing together open science enthusiasts to share and learn working open best practice in research.

Andrew Thaler (@DrAndrewThaler)

Andrew is a deep-sea ecologist working at the intersection of science, conservation, and policy. His work focus on understanding anthropogenic impacts at hydrothermal vents, integrating low-cost robotics into marine conservation programs, and developing open-source oceanographic instruments for researchers, educators, and citizen scientists.
GitHub: @SouthernFriedScientist

Attila Forruchi

I'm involved with the design, development and implementation of quantum computing systems.

Daina Bouquin (@dainabouquin)

Head Librarian, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Working to lower social and technical barriers impacting open astronomy. Interested in research software preservation, open science, and the history of science.
GitHub: @dbouquin

Betsy Cowdery (@emcowdery)

I'm a graduate student at Boston University studying ecological forecasting with a background in mathematics. I'm interested in exploring new applications of mathematics and programming in the sciences in areas such as bayesian analysis, predictive modeling and machine learning. I also spend my time thinking about science communication and data visualization. I'm a strong advocate of women in STEM!
GitHub: @bcow

Dana Solav (@DanaSolav)

I'm a postdoc at the Biomechatronics group of the Media Lab at MIT. Interested in biomechanics of the human musculoskeletal system and of soft tissues.

Heather (@MsHMTanner)

Residing in Boston, I work and study in pharmaceuticals, but I have a large interest in project management, owning my own business, technology, and programming. I am in the middle of designing a couple of my own projects and hope to soon have some prototypes up and running. Also, in the past I have done some open research in the UK where I collected data for it to be used on websites about heritage where the public could continue adding to the information we collected as archaeologists.

Jessica Polka (@jessicapolka)

I'm director of ASAPbio, which is a researcher-driven project to promote the productive use of preprints in the life sciences. I'm also a visiting scholar at the Whitehead Institute, and was previously a postdoc in synthetic biology at HMS.

Katie Frey (@katieefrey)

I am the Assistant Head and Digital Technologies Development Librarian at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I am interested in enhancing access to information, especially new and novel types of information resources such as unstructured datasets, historical astronomical literature, and new tech devices.
GitHub: @katieefrey

Keldin Sergheyev

My background is in scientific computing, where more openness was always desired, even if data access restrictions and grant requirements made it unattainable. I work at Curoverse now, where my focus is on writing open software to store and analyze genomic data.

Kevin Fang

I'm currently a high school senior who has had a lifelong interest in computer science. At Curoverse, I've been working with machine learning on genomes and big data processing. I have also worked a bit in Android development and full stack development.
GitHub: @kevin-fang

L. Kelly Fitzpatrick (@freifraufitz)

L. Kelly Fitzpatrick is Project Coordinator of the Harvard Open Access Project at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her primary areas of work include open digital scholarship and open digital collections.

Melissa Kline (@melissaekline)

I'm a postdoctoral researcher, currently at MIT Brain & Cognitive Sciences, and I enjoy verbs, events, early conceptual representations, replicability, open science, and metadata. I study the intersections between cognitive development and language acquisition, and am broadly interested in questions about early development and the implications they have for how we understand adult cognition and language.
GitHub: @mekline

Michael Weber (@openspim)

I'm a Postdoc working in a light microscopy facility in Harvard Medical School in Boston. I advise researchers with their imaging projects, help them getting started on advanced light microscopy setups and contribute to microscopy workshops and teaching efforts in general. I'm interested in technology, photography and outdoor activities such as cycling, climbing and hiking.

Patrick Kimes (@pkkimes)

PhD statistician by training and former bioinformatician by trade. Currently, postdoctoral research fellow in the Irizarry Lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
GitHub: @pkimes

Renee A Walsh (@reneedata)

Renee is a science and data management librarian at UConn in Storrs, CT. She earned her M.S. in library and information science from Simmons. Last year she was an engagement intern for the City of Boston's new open data portal, Analyze Boston.
GitHub: @ralyssa

Stephanie Hicks (@stephaniehicks)

Stephanie Hicks is a postdoc in the Rafael Irizarry lab (@rafalab) in the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA.
GitHub: @stephaniehicks

Timothy Stiles (@TimothyStiles)

Treasurer at BosLab ( - Greater Boston's community DIYbio lab. Computer scientist and designer. Self taught synthetic biologist.
GitHub: @TimothyStiles

From Mozilla

Abigail Cabunoc Mayes (@abbycabs)

code, science, open source and prototyping @mozilla (web + science = ) alum:@OICR_news @wormbase @uwaterloo
GitHub: @acabunoc

Chad Sansing (@chadsansing)

I help people lead and work open on the web. Open Leadership Team at the Mozilla Foundation. Opinions are mine. Content is ours.
GitHub: @chadsansing

Julia Vallera (@colorwheelz)

I have been working in the arts as an educator, printmaker, public engagement artist, community manager and consultant for 15+ years. I am a technology enthusiast that collaborates with many people and organizations to invent new learning pathways and innovative educational practices for youth, educators, families, artists, technologists and more.
GitHub: @jvallera

Zannah Marsh (@zannahlou)

Zannah draws on her background in interaction design, project-based learning, visual art, and storytelling to create “sticky” learning experiences around technology and design. She's taught web design, programming, interaction design, and data visualization at NYU, the New School, and in the City University of New York system. She was Senior Content Developer at the interactive design firm Local Projects, and an exhibit developer for the Museum of Science in Boston. In her spare time Zannah draws mini-comics and rides her bike around Brooklyn.
GitHub: @zee-moz


Here are the projects people will be working on during the workshop.


Jessica Polka
ASAPbio is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to accelerating communication in the life sciences. In our current work, we seek to engage different stakeholders and the world-wide scientific community to advance the productive use of preprints as a part of our communication workflow.

GIBBON: The Geometry and Image-Based Bioengineering add-On

Kevin Mattheus Moerman
GIBBON ( is an open-source toolbox and includes image segmentation, computer aided design, surface and solid meshing tools, and is interfaced with free open source software such as TetGen, for robust tetrahedral meshing, and FEBio for finite element analysis. The combination provides a highly flexible image-based modeling environment and enables advanced computational modeling and computational design.

Oceanography for Everyone

Andrew Thaler
Oceanography for Everyone is a platform to develop low cost, open-source oceanographic instruments for marine science and conservation. Our toolkit currently includes a CTD (one of the primary tools for all oceanographic surveys) which allows scientists to characterize a water column, and a 3D printable, drone or robot mountable Niskin bottle for taking discrete water samples. In addition, I am the Chief Ecologist at OpenROV working to integrate low-cost underwater robots in research and education programs.

Open MATLAB code for Digital Image Correlation (DIC)

Dana Solav
My project is open MATLAB code for Digital Image Correlation (DIC) for soft tissue mechanical properties characterization and 360-deg full-field displacements and strains of the limbs.


Michael Weber
OpenSPIM is an Open Access platform for applying and enhancing Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM).

Project PHaEDRA: Preserving Harvard's Early Data and Research in Astronomy

Daina Bouquin & Katie Frey
We're working to digitize and transcribe the work of early astronomers and women in the field in particular. We would like to eventually make this early data machine readable and already have plans for full-text search capability.

The Unified Astronomy Thesaurus

Katie Frey
The Unified Astronomy Thesaurus is a community supported hierarchical vocabulary for astronomers and astrophysicists. This project is supported by major publishers and users in the astro community and will help to create links between papers, presentations, software, datasets, and more