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<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <meta charset="utf-8"> <meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-capable" content="yes"> <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge"> <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1"> <title> It&#39;s all about me | AlexMorley </title> <meta name="description" content=" *My* corner of the internet "> <meta name="keywords" content="neuroscience, tech, programming, open science, open source, oss, foss"> <meta name="HandheldFriendly" content="True"> <meta name="MobileOptimized" content="320"> <!-- Social: Facebook / Open Graph --> <meta property="og:type" content="website"> <meta property="og:url" content="https://alexmorley.me/about/"> <meta property="og:title" content=" It&#39;s all about me | AlexMorley "> <meta property="og:image" content="https://alexmorley.me"> <meta property="og:description" content=" *My* corner of the internet "> <meta property="og:site_name" content="Alex Morley"> <meta property="og:locale" content="en_UK"> <!-- Social: Twitter --> <meta name="twitter:card" content="summary_large_image"> <meta name="twitter:site" content="@alex__morley"> <meta name="twitter:title" content=" It&#39;s all about me | AlexMorley "> <meta name="twitter:description" content=" *My* corner of the internet "> <meta name="twitter:image:src" content="https://alexmorley.me"> <!-- Social: Google+ / Schema.org --> <meta itemprop="name" content=" It&#39;s all about me | AlexMorley "> <meta itemprop="description" content=" *My* corner of the internet "> <meta itemprop="image" content="https://alexmorley.me"> <!-- rel prev and next --> <link rel="stylesheet" href="/assets/css/main.css"> <link rel="stylesheet" href="/assets/css/font-awesome.min.css"> <!-- Canonical link tag --> <link rel="canonical" href="https://alexmorley.me/about/"> <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="AlexMorley" href="https://alexmorley.me/feed.xml"> <script type="text/javascript"> var disqus_shortname = 'alexmorley'; var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-XXXXX-XX']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 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Within the last two years I have become more and more nerdy, although maybe some of my friends might say it started earlier. I’m pretty big on all things open: open science, open source and open data; although I see being open as a means to an end, rather than a hard principle.</p> <p>Currently the focus of my PhD is looking at how we encode memories. My lab uses large-scale multi-unit recordings -jargon for we record lots of individual cells in the brain at once- and focuses on the hippocampus - a region that is primarily involved in encoding spatial context. What I want to find out is how the brain chooses which memories to keep, and how multiple aspects of memory are tied together.</p> <!--<img src="https://dongorges.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/cropped-hippocampus-ii_greg-dunn.jpg" alt="Beautiful picture of the hippocampus" style="width: 50%;"/> Source: [https://dongorges.wordpress.com/](https://dongorges.wordpress.com/)--> <h2 id="why-open">Why Open?</h2> <h3 id="science">Science?</h3> <p>I mean there are loads of reasons for moving forward from the out-dated let’s share years worth of worth on a few sheets of A4. But what hit me first was how we as scientists, who take pride in skepticism*, are expected to beleive someones results just because they’ve given us four numbers and a bar chart.</p> <p>* FYI immediately distrust anyone who self-identify as a “skeptic” … they usually suck. Can’t think why ¯\_(ツ)_/¯</p> <h3 id="source">Source</h3> <p>It’s what the internet was made for right? But I think the real attraction for me -and one of the greatest challenges for OSS development- is the communities that develop around these projects. Right now, lot’s of projects aren’t as diverse or inclusive as they should aim to be -any community without active management will soak up the biases of the society in which it is created*. But these challenges are slowly being met and hopefully this will help Open Source technologies become the levellers that they have the potential to be.</p> <p>* which is why we need <a href="/projects/coc-builder/">Codes of Conduct</a>!</p> </div> <section class="container"> <br> <div class="column" style="float:right"> <div><br></div> <div class="footer-icons" style="text-align:right"> <a href="//github.com/alexmorley" title="Fork me on GitHub!" style="text-decoration:none"><i class="fa fa-github"></i></a> <a href="//twitter.com/alex__morley" title="Follow me on Twitter!" style="text-decoration:none"><i class="fa fa-twitter"></i></a> <a href="//facebook.com/alexander.morley" title="Like "alexmorley.me" on Facebook!" style="text-decoration:none"><i class="fa fa-facebook"></i></a> <a href="//alexmorley.me/feed.xml" title=""alexmorley.me" RSS feed!" style="text-decoration:none"><i class="fa fa-rss"></i></a> </ul> </div> <a href="/licence"><div class="footer-title">alexmorley.me<span class="footer-year"> 2018</span></div></a> </div> <div class="column" style="float:left"> <div class="footer_links"> <a href="https://github.com/alexmorley/alexmorley.github.io/tree/master/about/index.html">view</a> ∙ <a href="https://github.com/alexmorley/alexmorley.github.io/edit/master/about/index.html">edit</a> ∙ <a href="https://github.com/alexmorley/alexmorley.github.io/commits/master/about/index.html">history</a> </div> <div class="cc-by"> <a href="/licence">CC BY 4.0</a> </div> <div class="clearfix"> </div> <a href="/attributions"><div class="footer-title">attributions</div></a> </div> </section> </main> </body> </html>