Genesis of HackYourPhD : TEDxParisUniversités

For those who want to know more about the genesis of HackYourPhD, here is the TEDx I gave on June 6th at la Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (Paris, France)

I explain how a simple post on Facebook gives the first glimmer of the project. I also come back to a big source of inspiration: OuiShare, an international movement about collaborative economy, which was also born in France. I quoted Joel de Rosnay. His book Surfer la vie : Sur-Vivre dans une société fluide (Surfing Life: How sur-vive in a fluid society) helped me to understand our world and its evolution. All this has motivated me to develop these ideas and trends in research with Open Science.

What does the word hacking mean ?

In the TEDx, I especially explain what I mean by Hacking his PhD. Indeed, people are sometimes skeptical of the term “hacking”. For me, it doesn’t mean to become a pirate or a terrorist in research. It means that we should find pragmatic solutions to existing problems. Sometimes, seeking other parallel paths can help to reach his goal. My inspiration comes from the documentary une contre histoire des internets (the anti-history of the internets). Jérémie ZImmerman and Jeff Jarvis. gave good explanations of what hacking means.



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[Workshop Summary] Open your Phd in less than 45 minutes with Knownodes

This article was written by Dor Garbash following the Hackathon : “Open your Phd – one link at a time – A direct approach to open knowledge” ( july 13-14th). This post was initially published on Dor’s website

We did it! Researchers, engineers, teachers and hackers have started to use Knownodes to share their knowledge online.

This weekend was special for all of us who have been working on Knownodes.

In the end of a two day hackathon  we have managed to create a workflow, that enables even a complete newbie to create a knowledge network consisting of eleven knowledge resources and ten connections and put it online, open and free to access.

Rapid prototyping knowledge network generation

Here are some of the results, use the “map view” button on the top bar for some nice visualisation:

Sudo room – Matt Senate(Hacker)

Mimicry – Sebastien Treguer(Engineer, clean energy)

How can we include citizen science in earthquake and fire engineering research? – Professor Muki Haklay(Researcher, citizen science)

Knownodes – Dor Garbash(Phd student)

Dynamic body and space – Catalina Quijano(Teacher)

Open your Phd project – general description of what we did.

Thanks for the HackYourPhd and the NightScience communities for helping us out!

Would you like to contribute a map yourself?

It’s easy and takes only 45 minutes just click here

Us at the same place, about a month ago. As you see there’s quite a bit of gender bias, let’s change that!

Next step for Knownodes is the hack’a’node retreat, we will be going there from Saturday through Thursday (in flexible times). We will stay in the beautiful performance arts forum http://www.pa-f.net/ , and you are welcome to join us!

NB : A Knownodes workshop will be held in facLab on the 13th of September. Dor would like to organize open knowledge workshops in labs and classes. To contact him : knownodes@gmail.com


[HYPhDUS] OpenScience Meetup in Los Angeles

This post was written by Scott Lewis (founder of Knowthecosmos). It was previously published on Google+

What about Open Science?

Yesterday (on july 18th), a group of undergraduate & graduate students, scientists, professors and concerned citizens came together at USC’s Hedco Neuroscience Building’s conference room to discuss the global need for open science. Among the attendees were myself and Liz Krane, who not only support the initiative, but wanted to better understand the needs and opportunities for the Open Science movement.

The meeting was coordinated by Célya Gruson-Daniel, the co-creator of Hack Your PhD out of Paris, France. She created a successful crowd-funding campaign to travel from France to the United States, bringing together students, researchers, engaged scientists, hacktivists, tinkerers, entrepreneurs and anybody else who are interested in the production and sharing of knowledge in a wider sense. Hack Your PhD was created in response to current ways of performing research frequently generating frustrations, conflicts and isolation, seeing a need to find a new and more efficient way to not only do science, but make sure that all results are available to other scientists and laypersons so that everyone can be better informed as to what science has already been done, what still needs to be done, and which ways it can be done better.

Scott Lewis and Liz Krane by celyagd

Scott Lewis and Liz Krane by celyagd

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[Event] Hackathon : “Open your Phd – one link at a time – A direct approach to open knowledge” ( july 13-14th)

On the 13th and 14th of July, Dor Garbash and other Phd students and researchers will participate in the NightScience hackathon. During the two days we will share our research by using Knownodes, an open source platform we created to annotate connections between knowledge and ideas. By working together in the same space we turn the act of sharing our research into a collaborative and interdisciplinary experience.
Knownodes by Dor Garbash

Knownodes by Dor Garbash

We propose a simple goal: Each participant will create an open network of his Phd research. To do that each one of us will alternate between creating his own network to giving feedback to someone else. If all goes well, we will have time to create connections between the different networks and give our interdisciplinary muscles a nice stretch!

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[Event] HackYourPhd-OKFN Science meeting, 22th of May, Oxford

As part of the monthly meeting organised in Oxford by the OpenScience section of the OKFN, Vincent presented on thursday the 22th of May the group HackYourPhd.

The origin of the group, its ideals & aims were presented to a few Phd students (or DPhil as they call it in Oxford) in Biology and Mathematics including Jenny Molloy who coordinates the Okfn OpenScience group and organizes the meetings.

OKFN OpenScience welcomed HackYourPhD


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[Event] The new practices of scientific evaluation : 22th of may, 6-8 p.m. Paris

Peer-review has come under an unprecedented crisis. The rising rejection rate of academic articles have casted a widespread doubt on the main regulatory process of scientific publishing. Simultaneously, the web 2.0 allows the emergence of uncostly, feasible alternatives. Some people goes as far as talking about an academic spring.

Could daily research work without traditional peer-review? Will the assessment of scholar works require some radically different rules? Or could peer-review survive and evolve into something more compliant with current researchers’ practices?

In order to adress theses significant issues, HackYourPhd welcomes you at the maison de la Recherche. on Wednesday, the 22th of May from 6 to 8 p.m. Continue reading


HackYourPhD at the OuiShareFest Awards


HackYourPhD is proud to be part of the selected projects for the OuiShareFest Awards. Among more than a hundred propositions, this selection lead to 25 projects distributed in 5 categories related to the values of the OuiShare community: P2P, Replicability, Makers, Innovation & Local Impact. The prizes aim to enhance awareness around these values and honor the projects that operationalize them in an exemplary way.


HackYourPhD is part of the P2P selection, which is in partnership with the P2P Foundation. You can read here a description of how we aim at “Aligning individual and collective interests”, the moto of this category, and the importance for our community of the two values “Openness” and “Permanent Beta.”

Online votes are open to the public until May 1st. Then, after some offline votes, the prizes will be delivered at the OuiShareFest ceremony on May 3rd.

So, if you like HackYourPhD, it is an ideal moment to give us some help with your vote 😉

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