Announcing this year's Better Science through Better Data (#scidata18) writing competition winners.
Congratulations to all of this year's winners and a huge thank you to everybody that took the time to write and enter this year's writing competition - the judging panel (and myself) thoroughly enjoyed reading your entries.
We are absolutely delighted to announce this year’s winners of the #scidata18 writing competition.
Congratulations Naomi Clapp, Jory Flemming, Emily Lupton, Anna Duncan and Connie Clare.
Our judging panel thoroughly enjoyed reading all the entries that we received but thought that scientific rigour, writing style and passion/enthusiasm for data really stood out for this year’s winners.
Our winners will spend the day with a Nature Editor working as a reporter, and have their winning piece and report from the day published on our platforms as well as receive one year’s free subscription to a Nature magazine of their choice.
We will be publishing the winning entries on our blogs next month and writing to all entrants in due course.
Meet this year’s winners:
Naomi is a Biomedical Science student at the University of Warwick, in the final year of an Integrated Masters. She is currently on a year long placement at GlaxoSmithKline, working in the R&D Respiratory unit. Naomi is passionate about how communication and open data can be used to gain maximum benefit from scientific research, increasing transparency within the field and accessibility to the wider public.
Jory is reading for an MPhil in Environmental Change & Management at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. With a background in geography and earth & ocean sciences, his current research explores the linkages between the visual encoding of data in maps and the decision making process. He believes the effective use of data to solve problems can lead to better decisions and more equitable outcomes. He is excited to work with Nature and experts in the field to report on the personal stories and best practices underlying modern data science and its implementation. In his spare time, Jory enjoys bird-watching, board games, and exploring new landscapes.
Emily is a final year undergraduate student at the University of Birmingham, UK, studying Biological Sciences, she has just completed an international year at the University of Ottawa. She is passionate about biology and particularly interested in Microbiology. She will be carrying out research on Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the coming year. She entered the competition because of her interest in how scientific data is shared across the scientific community and looks forward to attending the event.
Connie Clare is a PhD student in Developmental Biology at the University of Nottingham. Her research addresses the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) hypothesis which proposes that parental nutrition during the periconceptional period can program fetal development and adult health via epigenetic alterations to DNA methylation in gametes and embryos. She is passionate about science communication and loves to write; she is excited to explore novel ways of creating new media narratives to promote public engagement in science.
Anna carries out research within the University of Glasgow's experimental particle physics group. She works on the ATLAS experiment based at CERN, searching proton-proton collision data for evidence of new physics. Anna entered this competition because of her interest in the role open data will play in future scientific research, and its implications for the boundaries between scientific disciplines.
This year we had over 50 entries, we judged these entries based on 4 criteria out of a possible total of 10 points:
Scientific rigour (0-3 points)
Enthusiasm/passion (0-3 points)
Writing style (0-3 points)
Does it answer the question chosen? (0-1 point)
Mentoring open research
How should Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) data work in practice?
How will open data advance scientific discovery?
Benefits and risks to careers of practicing open research
What is the role of journals and publishers in promoting reproducibility?
Meet the writing competition judging panel:
Varsha Khodiyar: Data Curation Manager, Open Research Group, Springer Nature
Andrew Hufton: Chief Editor, Scientific Data, Nature Research
Jack Leeming: Editor, Naturejobs, Springer Nature
Don't forget you can still pre-register to attend the event in London or live stream the event at home or work.