Resources that influence us

Some resources that influence our thinking.

Talking about data science: Hilary Parker & Roger Peng

RStudio::conf(2020) keynote & NSSD podcast episode 100

If you want to write, you read a lot, music, you listen a lot. I’ts hard to do this with data analysis.

Opinionated analysis development

Parker 2017, PeerJ

Principles for data analysis workflows

Stoudt, Vásquez, Martinez,

workflow describes what a researcher does to make advances on scientific ques- tions: developing hypotheses, wrangling data, writing code, and interpreting results. Workflow: The process that moves a scientific investigation from raw data to coherent research question to insightful contribution. This often involves a complex series of pro- cesses and includes a mixture of machine automation and human intervention. It is a nonlinear and iterative exercise.

Importantly, the difficulties we encounter in this [Explore] phase help us build empathy for an eventual audience beyond ourselves. It is here that we experience firsthand the challenges of processing our data set, framing domain research questions appro- priate to it, and structuring the beginnings of a workflow. Documenting our trial and error helps our own work stay on track in addition to assisting future researchers facing similar challenges.

Vulnerability: Brené Brown

Power of Vulnerability: TED Talk

Dare To Lead Podcast

Hedgehog concept: Jim Collins

Hedgehog concept

All We Can Save: Ayana Johnson & Katharine Wilkinson

All We Can Save Project

There is a renaissance blooming in the climate movement: leaderhip that is more characteristically feminine and more faithfully feminist, rooted in ompassion, connection, creativity, and collaboration. …To change everything, we need everyone — All We Can Save

Johnson’s frustration with the climate movement isn’t about the current leaders doing a bad job—it’s just that we need more leaders. Her vision of the world includes people from every community in climate leadership roles. — The Marine Biologist Building an Inclusive Climate Movement, Vice

All We Can Save is basically a community bound between two covers, and a gift to any who wishes to join in. - Eric Roston, Bloomberg

The Power of Welcome

The Value of Welcome — Stef Butland, rOpenSci

The moment of lift: Melinda Gates

Architecture of Participation: Tim O’Reilly

It’s Not About You: The Truth About Social Media Marketing (2012). Strategy on community building through modern channels

“We tell big stories that matter to a community of users, and together we use those stories to amplify a message that we all care about…And once they start telling their story as part of the bigger story, it suddenly looks like a parade.”

Open source paradigm shift

I’ve come to use the term “the architecture of participation” to describe the nature of systems that are designed for user contribution.

Systems Change: Donella Meadows

Leverage points: places to intervene in a system: (in increasing order of effectiveness)

  1. Constants, parameters, numbers (such as subsidies, taxes, standards).
  2. The sizes of buffers and other stabilizing stocks, relative to their flows.
  3. The structure of material stocks and flows (such as transport networks, population age structures).
  4. The lengths of delays, relative to the rate of system change.
  5. The strength of negative feedback loops, relative to the impacts they are trying to correct against.
  6. The gain around driving positive feedback loops.
  7. The structure of information flows (who does and does not have access to information).
  8. The rules of the system (such as incentives, punishments, constraints).
  9. The power to add, change, evolve, or self-organize system structure.
  10. The goals of the system.
  11. The mindset or paradigm out of which the system — its goals, structure, rules, delays, parameters — arises.
  12. The power to transcend paradigms.

So how do you change paradigms? Thomas Kuhn, who wrote the seminal book about the great paradigm shifts of science,7 has a lot to say about that. In a nutshell, you keep pointing at the anomalies and failures in the old paradigm, you keep coming yourself, and loudly and with assurance from the new one, you insert people with the new paradigm in places of public visibility and power. You don’t waste time with reactionaries; rather you work with active change agents and with the vast middle ground of people who are open-minded.

Organizational architecture

Cautionary Tales Podcast Ep 6 – How Britain Invented, Then Ignored, Blitzkrieg.

This tale is about how the organizational architecture of existing entities - whether the British army, Sony, Kodak, or Xerox - cannot always support their own innovation because of the social structures they were built upon. Fascinating to think about in terms of how open science has not been embraced by scientific communities within the existing academic structure.

Disruption can feed creativity

Cautionary Tales Podcast Ep 7 – Bowie, jazz, and the unplayable piano.

This tale is about music: how Keith Jarrett reluctantly played on a broken piano and how David Bowie and Brian Eno’s take on collaboration led to brand new sounds and ideas. I think about this for science and openness - working out of your comfort zones and mixing up how you do it and who you do it with.

Kaitlyn Thaney

Funding research infrastructure

there’s also the fact that the current funding model has led to a perceived sense of scarcity, pushing open projects to compete rather than collaborate, to build new features instead of maintaining their work and deepening their level of service for their communities. An additional dimension to our work involves looking at the staffing and human infrastructure powering open technology development, maintenance, governance and stewardship. That volunteer labor and community engagement is often an invisible cost we gloss over in our estimations and recommendations, while also being a core pillar in this work.

Mentorship vs Sponsorship