Shani Evenstein Sigalov is an educator, lecturer, researcher and Free Knowledge advocate, focusing on the intersection between Education, Technology, Innovation and Openness. For the past decade, she served as an EdTech Innovation Strategist at the School of Medicine, utilizing technology to support pedagogy that improves the way we teach and learn, inspiring and long-lasting learning experience. She is also interested in integrating elements from the Open Knowledge and Open Access movements into the academic curriculum, and she is constantly looking for new ways through which academic work can have a positive social impact. In this capacity, Shani designed and direct the first, for-credit, elective courses in the world to integrate Wikipedia & Wikidata into higher education.
As of 2017, she is pursuing a PhD at the School of Education (Technology & Learning program), where she researches the Semantic Web as a learning platform. For over 20 years, she has been a passionate advocate for Free and Open Knowledge as a basic human right, initiating & supporting Open Education and Culture, Open & FAIR Science and Open Data initiatives, specifically focusing on projects that highlight gender equality and equity. She serves as Vice Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees, the non-profit that supports Wikipedia globally, and Chief Editor at Project Ben-Yehuda, the biggest, open & free online library for Hebrew writings.
Turning open science into practice: causality as a showcaseSee more
23/06 - 14:00Visit the agenda
Title of talk
Expert interview by Tony Smith: Open science – how it can change regulatory science
23/06 - 14:15
Abstract of talk
The open science session is intended to showcase how knowledge can be contributed to by a ‘crowd’, which can include the scientific community but also ordinary citizens. A particular challenge would be to tailor the open science approach to make it applicable to the regulatory context. The case of Wikipedia and Wikidata is an example of sustainable community-based knowledge curation and creation, which allows continuous updating and a transparent system to ensure reliability.
The main questions we will discuss is whether lessons learnt in this context can be applied to science performed by regulatory agencies such as EFSA. The expert interview will help us to dive deep into the world of Open Science and its future, thinking about how Open and FAIR science could be a real alternative to engaging the public in the curation of scientific data, via platforms such as Wikipedia and Wikidata.
The following topics will be discussed:
· what Open and FAIR science might imply for regulatory organisations: benefits and challenges;
· the issues related to the reliability of information / knowledge delivered by citizen’s science and the possible mechanism to guarantee quality standards;
· concrete examples from hands-on experience of the feasibility of having shared data curation, large data re-use, improved accessibility;
· how to motivate potential Open Science contributors to engage in scientific tasks;
· how can each and every person in the audience participate?
The interviewee will be drawing from her experience both as an academic and as a free knowledge advocate. In the past decade, Evenstein Sigalov has been heavily involved in governance, strategic design and implementation in complex environments with multiple and diverse stakeholders. She has worked on fundraising and advocacy, as well as focusing on partnership building, volunteer mobilisation and community capacity-building in the Global North & South. She frequently speaks at and leads workshops around the world on topics such as EdTech innovation, integrating openness / open access practices, governance and strategic planning and the semantic web, also collaborating with Wikipedia, Wikidata and Project Ben-Yehuda, examples of open Innovation involving the ‘wisdom of the crowd’.