Working Open Workshop

At this University of Kansas Working Open Workshop, Mozilla Science Lab staff and community will run a highly interactive 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 the University of Kansas Libraries.



Kansas Union, Jayhawk Room (Level 5), University of Kansas

MON Oct 16




Late Afternoon

TUE Oct 17



Early Afternoon

Late Afternoon: Kansas Union Big 12 Room



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?

      Kansas Union, Jayhawk Room (Level 5), University of Kansas

    • What is the WIFI code?

      • KU affiliates: use JAYHAWK
      • Guests: use GUEST or eduroam
    • What is our event hashtag?


    • Is there a chat room?

      Please use the chat section of the group notes page.

    • 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 appointed two 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 these people if you have questions, issues, or concerns that you wish to express.

      • Jamene Brooks-Kieffer - @jbk,
      • Jenn Beard - @Jenntbeard,
  2. Finding Resources

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

  3. Glossary


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


Meet your mentors & organizers!

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

Jenn Beard (@Jenntbeard)

Gigabit Fund Manager, Mozilla
Community-minded professional who likes traveling, blogging, econ books, documentaries and helping people build self-sustaining, rewarding lives.
GitHub: @jenntbeard

Robert Friedman (@omnignorant)

Portfolio Strategist, Hive Austin
def. |am'nignərənt| adjective. w/ infinite capacity to learn: eternal optimist, seeking understanding, making small change big, making no little plans @mozilla
GitHub: @omnignorant

Julia Vallera (@colorwheelz)

Mozilla Clubs Manager
MFA in Design and Technology, adjunct art professor, artist, animal fanatic
GitHub: @jvallera

Stephanie Wright (@shefw)

Open Science Program Officer
Former librarian, now #opendata geek, #openscience advocate and head of @MozillaScience. On a mission to set the data free!
GitHub: @stephwright

Josh Bolick (@JoshBolick)

Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Kansas Libraries

Jamene Brooks-Kieffer (@jbk)

Data Services Librarian, University of Kansas Libraries
GitHub: @jbkieffer

Ada Emmett (@adaemmett)

Head, Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, University of Kansas Libraries

Michael Peper (@michaelpeper)

Head, Center for Faculty & Staff Initiatives and Engagement, University of Kansas Libraries

Kelly Spavin

Research & Learning Program Coordinator, University of Kansas Libraries


We're bringing together open science enthusiasts to share and learn working open best practice in research. Here are your colleagues in the Working Open Workshop:

Mohammed Alshayeb


Victor Luiz da Silva

I'm a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets at the University of Kansas. I have just started working towards getting a Master's degree in Computer Science at KU. I live and work in Lawrence, KS.
GitHub: @vlbpdasilva

Josh Bolick (@joshbolick)

I work in the Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright at KU Libraries to support and promote open access and open education at KU.
GitHub: @KUJoshB

Mai Bui

I am Master student at School of Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering. My major is Environmental Engineering, and I focus on Water and Wastewater treatment.

Matthew Copeland

I'm a research engineer/software developer for the Center for Computational Biology at the University of Kansas. My main areas of interest are in software engineering/architecture, scientific computing/high performance computing, FLOSS, copyright/patent law, open access, and open data/reproducible research. My main previous areas of expertise have been in doing web development and application/system administration in academic and industry environments.
GitHub: @dyelar

Mohammad Fathan


David Hansen

I am a developmental scientist with expertise on adolescent development in a variety of out-of-school settings. I am particularly invested in understanding how adolescents from impoverished communities learn "real-world" skills and competencies needed for adult life.

Michelle Kelly (@michelleckelly2)

I'm an Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Master's student, researching nitrogen cycling in streams. My (non-science!) interests are climbing, hiking, and kayaking.

Richard Kinai


Hannah Kinmonth-Schultz

In Joy Ward's lab at KU, I study the mechanisms by which plants sense multiple environmental changes (like temperature, day length, and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere) to coordinate flowering to months the climate is favorable. I use molecular, ecophysiological, and mathematical simulation techniques.

Boryana Koseva

I am a bioinformatics specialist for the K-INBRE at the University of Kansas. I received my doctorate in Evolutionary Biology but specialize in genomics.
GitHub: @boryanakis

Michael Peper

I'm a librarian at the University of Kansas, sometimes partnering with other researchers in multiple disciplines and sometimes working on my own research on librarian-faculty engagement, scholarly metrics and data literacy.
GitHub: @michaelpeper

Nesar Ramachandra


Nicole Sump-Crethar


Wenting Tang


Dhanashree Thorat (@shree_thorat)

Dhanashree Thorat is a postdoctoral researcher in Digital Humanities at the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities. Her research interests are Digital Humanities, Postcolonial Studies, and Asian American Studies.

Nobuyuki Tsuchiya


Yuyu Wang


Michael Wu

I'm from China with B.S. of Computer Engineering and M.S. of Industrial Engineering. Now I'm a 1st year PhD of Public Administration in KU interested in Big Data of E-gov. Before Join KU PhD program, I used to work for Amazon for 2 years and had my startup for two years.
GitHub: @michael0x00

Karna Younger

Faculty engagement librarian in the Faculty Center at the University of Kansas Libraries.

Allison Zhang

I’m a graduate student in the department of pharmacology and toxicology. I’m interested in computer science and seeking a career as a bioinformatician.


Here are some of the projects and interests your #MozWOW colleagues are bringing to the workshop:

Victor Luiz da Silva
I currently have multiple programming projects on different stages of development; most of them are work/research related but I also have a few personal projects I've been trying to work on.

Josh Bolick
My project is a collaboratively written and maintained open educational resource for emerging librarians to learn about scholarly communication librarianship. We want to leverage open education as a tool to increase teaching and knowledge in our field about how our work is done. This resource itself will be open, collaboratively maintained, and in perpetual beta.

Mai Bui
I am working as an intern at the City of Lawrence Utilities Department for nutrient removal purposes. Nutrient (nitrogen, phosphorus) is a limiting substances in water bodies which can cause eutrophication that kill fish and water animals. We are on the research to reduce the concentration of them to minimize the risk after discharging water to the river.

Matthew Copeland
Since I work with multiple professors on different projects, I have the opportunity to introduce new development practices as the opportunity arises. Since many of our projects are going to be having open data and software requirements coming into effect soon, we are already starting to look into different avenues for fulfilling these requirements.

David Hansen
Working on open educational resource textbook on adolescent development and on the intersection of human development and neuroscience.

Michelle Kelly
I'm one of Amy Burgin's students at the KBS (Kansas Biological Survey), and am just starting to develop a project based on open-source USGS stream gage data. I'm using data pulled from real-time nitrate sensors and comparing streams with high nitrogen concentrations (such as in agricultural areas, which receive large amounts of fertilizer application) to streams with low nitrogen concentrations. Hopefully I'll be able to visualize how nitrogen processing by plants and microbes can change in these different concentration environments, which could tell us more about how pollution effects the within-stream environment itself. Fingers crossed!

Hannah Kinmonth-Schultz
I do not have an open project currently, but do collaborate with scientists in Europe and other parts of the U.S.A. I feel that working in the open could be a great way to collaborate, as well as improve experimental rigor, accountability, reproducibility, and build public trust. I do worry, as probably do many scientists, about ideas being "scooped" before I have time to develop them.

Boryana Koseva
Since my main responsibility is to analyze data for researcher groups, I am interested in adopting practices that allow me to be open about my practices and progress, and make my work reproducible.

Michael Peper
One current project is to survey KU librarians about their engagement with campus partners to analyze current gaps and strengths. We will likely do interviews or focus groups with selected respondents.

Dhanashree Thorat
I am interested in developing a project around decolonizing archives. I am not sure what form this project would take, but I want to experiment with building an open access archive that experiments with archival structure, interface, and content.

Michael Wu
No project running now. I'd like to know what kind of Open Data we could adapt in to government/city management. What's possible impact of it? And how can we deploy it?

Karna Younger
I do not have an immediate project, but am working with a group that is collecting a lot of data that will need to be properly stored, etc. In general, want to learn more about open data and how that can benefit this particular project.

Allison Zhang
My project is focusing on using a small molecule drug to improve neuropathy. We found it worked in diabetic neuropathy, a transgenic neuropathic model and are currently showing promising effects in a model of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.