In 2016, Mozilla launched a programme to help grow the skills of people interested in working openly and empower a generation of open-inspired leaders. The programme has been through several stages of evolution, from early Working Open Workshops, and eventually to regular twice-yearly cohorts, mentoring project leads from all around the globe. Projects spanned a broad number of domains, but included a large number of research/science and tech-oriented projects, including PREreview, an initiative to get people involved in scientific preprint journal clubs; Outbreak science, a nonprofit using technology to support disease outbreaks; MBac, a computer vision tool for bacterial motility assays; and DuraCloud, an open-source digital preservation storage service.
In 2019 the Open Leaders programme has re-branded: rather than training promising project leaders, it set its sights to a broader goal, creating Open Leaders X, a train-the-trainers program, supporting ten teams to build open leader programmes in various areas concerning Internet Health, from science hardware to digital inclusion. These ten programmes were officially launched on 26 October at the Mozilla Festival and will run from early 2020.
We would like to draw the open science and research software communities’ attention to two of the Open Leaders programmes. Both programmes aim to equip participants with the knowledge and experience to lead their own projects openly through 1:1 mentorship and learning from peers, experts, speakers and other members in the programmes.
The table below summarises the similarities and differences in the curricula of the two programmes:
Open Life Science
GitHub – bringing in contributors and Community Building
Open science (open access, publications, open data, open-source)
The Open Life Science programme is designed for early-career researchers and young leaders in life science to further their open science skills. Participants will receive training in open science advocacy and work on their projects to promote best open science practices in life science (from solving technical questions to creating an open data project or report, developing open source software projects, writing open publications, facilitating community/team culture movements, advancing open educational resources or contributing to other existing projects/community).
The eLife Innovation Leadership programme targets innovators who wish to create tools/platforms to advance open research communication. Participants will learn to develop their ideas into sustainable beta products through a curriculum covering topics from basic product design to communication and promotion. Some of these projects could receive support from eLife beyond the programme.
We encourage interested readers to find out more about these programmes by visiting their respective websites. If you have any questions, please contact: