Aligning Geoscience Research Incentives

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Friday, February 7, 2020 1:00 PM EST | 1 hour
Series: AGU/AGI Heads and Chairs

This webinar explores emerging disciplinary norms and practices that create better alignment between how scholars share their research and how they are rewarded. The webinar will be led be representatives from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science, a multiyear project convening critical stakeholders to fundamentally improve the correlation between open practices, credit/reward systems, and research missions & values.

Aligning Geoscience Research Incentives


The Roundtable has launched a working group focused on departmental and disciplinary approaches to open activities. This webinar, led by the coordinators of the working group, will discuss what NASEM has learned about current and prospective plans for increasing the open sharing of research outputs within geoscience departments.  The session will also explore possibilities for coordinated disciplinary action - for example, adopting common language about open activities in job postings, annual reports, and (potentially) tenure & promotion procedures. Finally, the webinar speakers will share thoughts on engaging productively with institutional leadership (e.g., provosts, VPRs) to ensure that departmental policies are aligned with institutional policies.


The two speakers are Greg Tananbaum and Loretta Parham.  Greg Tananbaum is the founder and coordinator of the Open Research Funders Group, a partnership of philanthropies committed to the open sharing of research outputs. Loretta Parham is CEO & Library Director of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc., an independent entity operating as the single library shared by its four member institutions.

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