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Friday February 1, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Mozilla Downtown Portland Offices
1120 NW Couch St #320, Portland, OR 97209

Time Session
5:30 pm Doors open
6:00 pm Welcome and Conference Introduction
6:15 pm Lightning talks
6:45 pm Light dinner and networking activities
7:15 pm Lightning talks
7:45 pm Closing
8:30 pm Doors close

Saturday February 2, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

OHSU Robertson Life Sciences Building
2730 SW Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97201

Time Session
8:30 am Doors open – Registration
9:00 am Welcome and Conference Introduction
9:15 am Open Scholarship Panel (Discussion + Q&A)
Moderator: Nick Shockey
Panelists: Dr. David Edwards, Dr. Crystallee Crain, Douglas Tsoi, Jen Klaudinyi, and Hannah Stepanek

The concept of open scholarship can differ between communities of practice. This panel will explore the variations and intersection of ‘openness’ in the domains of science, education, social justice, and big data. Panelists will share their projects, experiences, and perspectives. The short talks will be followed by a moderated Q&A session in which the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.

10:30 am Coffee + Donuts break
11:00 am Whose Open Science? How Technology Structures Knowledge Inequality
Morning Keynote by Dr. Leslie Chan

Leslie will discuss how the open science movement and those who are advancing it, need to always maintain a critical and reflexive perspective about the work they do and they advocate for. Too often technology-driven approaches lead to silencing the diversity of knowledge produced around the world in favor of an homogeneous status quo, thereby reproducing and amplifying existing structures of inequality.

12:00 am Lunch (Provided)
1:00 pm Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Panel (Discussion + Q&A)
Moderator: Dr. Lucille Moore
Panelists: Dr. Letisha Wyatt, Dr. Sanjay Srivastava, Tara Robertson, and Carol Muñoz Nieves

Central to advancing openness is the belief that information should be shared in an equitable and accessible way. As we work together to build an open movement we need to constantly challenge our assumptions and ensure we do not replicate some of the same structures of power and systems of oppression that dominate the current framework of scholarship and education. This panel aims highlight some of the excellent work our local community is already doing and spark a critical discussion around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusions and how we can do better.

2:15 pm Coffee break
2:30 pm Precision Medicine: Connecting Openness and Equity
Afternoon Keynote by Dr. Kadija Ferryman

Description: TBA

3:30 pm Do-a-Thon

A do-a-thon is a short sprint where people from different perspectives and skill sets work together and collaborate on challenges, projects, or to learn something new. For OpenCon Cascadia’s do-a-thon, we’ll be focusing on activities that seek to make research and scholarship more open, inclusive, and accessible. Learn more and submit a project!

4:45 pm Closing remarks

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Kadija Ferryman

Dr. Kadija Ferryman

Data & Society, New York City

Dr. Kadija Ferryman is a cultural anthropologist who studies health risk as a social, cultural, and ethical phenomenon. Specifically, her research examines the impacts of health risk prediction through information technologies such as genomics digital medical records, and artificial intelligence on marginalized groups. She is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York and leads the Fairness in Precision Medicine research study, which examines the potential for bias and discrimination in predictive precision medicine. She is also a Mozilla Fellow 2018/2019 and will be conducting an ethnography examining the origins of the open health movement and the history of electronic health records during the fellowship.

Dr. Leslie Chan

Dr. Leslie Chan

University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto

Dr. Leslie Chan is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough. An early practitioner of the Web for scholarly and educational exchange, Leslie has been particularly interested in the role of “openness” in the design of knowledge infrastructure, and the implications on the production and flow of knowledge and their impact on local and international development. As one of the original signatories of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, Leslie has been active in the experimentation and implementation of scholarly communication initiatives of varying scales around the world. Director of Bioline International, an international collaborative open access platform, Leslie is a long time advocate for knowledge equity and inclusive development. Leslie has served as advisor to numerous projects and organizations, including the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, the American Anthropological Association, the International Development Research Centre, UNESCO, the Open Society Foundation, the Directory of Open Access Journal, more recently the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). Leslie is the principal investigator for the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet), funded by IDRC in Canada and DFID in the UK, and the PI of the Knowledge G.A.P project.