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Danielle C. Robinson, PhD

President, Co-Executive Director
Code for Science & Society and dat://
Twitter: @daniellecrobins
Github, GitLab: @daniellecrobinson


2016 - PhD in Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University
Dissertation: The Role of the Myotubularin Pseudophosphatase MTMR13 in Myelination and Disease.
This work is embargoed because of the broken incentive structure in academic research. Much of my dissertation research is published open access in An In Vitro Model of Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Type 4B2 Provides Insight Into the Roles of MTMR13 and MTMR2 in Schwann Cell Myelination.

2002 - BA in Fine Art, Rutgers College, Rutgers University

Events, talks, and writing

Event Location Date Role Description
Measurement Lab Team Retreat Portland, USA July 8-10, 2019 📋 Organizer & Facilitator A convening of the Measurement Lab team focused on strategy for the next 10 years.
The Open Source Alliance for Open Scholarship Leadership Meetup Portland, USA May 10, 2019 📋 Organizer & Facilitator Bringing a community of leaders together to share experiences of developing projects in open source and open scholarship.
csv,conf,v4 Portland, USA May 8-9, 2019 📋 Organizer Core org team and program committee for the world's best community-run open data conference.
Reenvisioning the Internet: Decentralize the Web to Sidestep Corporate Control Walker Soundboard March 21, 2019 📃 Author When we ask whether a better internet is possible, we should first ask: for whom?
PREreview + Outbreak Science Design Sprint London, UK March 13-14, 2019 📢+📋 Facilitator Ran a productive convening of outbreak scientists, policy experts, and scientific publishing folks to feedback into the design of a Rapid Review format designed to get reviews on preprints during outbreaks fast.
URSSI Software Incubator Workshop College Park, US February 11-12, 2019 🙋 Participant Engaged in a two day discussion centered on the question: Are there specific patterns of open community challenges and growth for research software that an incubator could address?
Aaron Swartz Day San Francisco, USA Nov 10-11, 2018 📢 Speaker In conversation with Karissa McKelvey about the decentralized web and the future of scholarly work online, more in this interview.
Whyspace? @ MozFest House 2018 London, UK October 24, 2018 📋 Organizer Conversations and workshops seeking to explore and unearth more questions about why the web is where it is and what it could be.
FORCE2018 Montreal, CA October 11-12, 2018 📢 Speaker A decentralized scholarly commons, slides, video.
The Dat Project, an open and decentralized research data tool Scientific Data October 2018 📃 Author Today’s scientific data are primarily stored and accessed via centralized Web-based infrastructure. Centralization has advantages but also carries risks such as link rot and content drift, which can hinder scientific progress. It is time to ask whether traditional, centralized Web architecture aligns with scholarly priorities and values, and to collaboratively move towards new approaches that do.
Decentralized Web Summit 2018 San Francisco, USA August 1-2, 2018 📢 Speaker Data Stewardship on the Decentralized Web.
The Open Source Alliance for Open Scholarship Handbook Hackathon New York, USA July 26-28, 2018 📋 Organizer & Facilitator Brought the open source for scholarship community together to share experiences of developing projects in open source and open scholarship.
🍩 Donut.js 🍩 Portland, USA June 26, 2018 📢 Speaker Everything I Know About Public Speaking I Learned from (Private Room) Karaoke, video, truly one of the best talks I have ever given.
Digital Library Federation eResearch Network Webinar June 20, 2018 📢 Speaker Community engagement across research disciplines.
Online Northwest 2018 Portland, USA March 30, 2018 📢 Speaker Keynote: A Vision for Decentralized Data Preservation Across a Network of Libraries and Trusted Institutions.
American Medical Women's Association Portland conference Portland, OR December 2, 2017 📢 Speaker Community activism panel discussion focusing on how to develop and advocate for policy change within institutions.
OpenCon2017 Berlin, DE November 11-13, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Lead North America Regional Workshop Group 1: How might we understand and address the time demands of working on open initiatives?
Mozilla Festival 2017 London, UK October 27-29, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Lead Open Ears for Open Access: A discussion of barriers, innovation, and an inclusive future for scholarship (Digital Inclusion Space)
Mozilla Festival 2017 London, UK October 27-29, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Lead Host your data on the peer to peer web with Dat (Decentralization Space)
Mozilla Festival 2017 London, UK October 27-29, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Lead The Upside of Down: Personal stories of failure, reinvention, and challenges faced by innovative people & open communities (Open Innovation Space
Better Science Through Data 2017 London, UK October 25, 2017 📢 Speaker Dat for research data management, slides here
Science Hack Day PDX 2107 Portland, OR September 9-10, 2017 📋 Organizer 24 hour, all ages scientific hardware and software prototyping event. See here for interviews with participants.
Society for American Archivists Web Archiving Section’s annual meeting Portland OR July 26, 2017 📢 Panel Discussion Invited panelist for a discussion on Data Rescue.
Project strategy session at Open Source Bridge Portland OR June 21, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Leader microWorking Open Workshop (microWOW): Launch Your Open Project! A 1hr 45 min workshop to prepare participants on how to launch their open projects!
Working Open Workshop Cape Town Cape Town, South Africa June 16, 2017 📋 Organizer & 👩‍🏫 Session Leader Train the trainer session to prepare leaders to run Working Open Workshops in Africa, ran Open Canvas for Project Strategy, READMEs for Open Projects, and Running Your Own WOW.
Working Open Workshop Cape Town Cape Town, South Africa June 15, 2017 📢 Speaker Lightning talk: Build the Movement: Building Bridges, Sustaining Connections
Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Digital Library Federation (DLF) E-Research Network Webinar June 14, 2017 📢 Speaker Invited speaker co-presentation with Stephanie Wright Advocacy & In-Reach: How to build your network
Cascadia R Conference Portland OR June 3, 2017 📢 Speaker A Lightning Primer on Open Source Community Building
Libraries+ Network Washington DC May 8-9, 2017 🙋 Participant The Libraries+ Network is a nascent consortium of research libraries, library organizations, and open data communities with a shared interest in saving, preserving, and making accessible born-digital federal government information upon which researchers, citizens, and communities rely.
csv,conf,v3 Portland, OR May 2-3, 2017 📋 Organizer Organizer: Program Committee member and session chair.
Open Source Alliance for Open Science Portland, OR May 1, 2017 🙋 Participant A discussion and planning session hosted by the Collaborative Open Knowledge Foundation and the Moore Foundation.
Culture change, open science, and movement building Library Journal Webinar April 25, 2017 📢 Speaker Invited speaker co-presentation with Robin Champieux Open Access: Advocating for Change - building community and changing the culture of science through libraries. Archived online here.
A Friendly Intro To GitHub at RDAP Seattle WA April 21, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Leader Basic GitHub for project management and team collaborations.
miniWOW PDX Portland OR April 14 & 15, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Leader A shorter version of the Working Open Workshop, see schedule.
Future Proofing Your Data with SQUAD Goals Montréal, QC Canada March 10, 2017 📢 Speaker Data standards, data realities, and the beauty of machine readable metadata.
Working Open Workshop, Montréal Montréal, QC Canada March 10 & 11, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Leader Lead GitHub workshop, panel discussion on Community Building, and Open Data & Data Reuse sessions.
Open Data Day Portland OR March 3 & 4, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Leader Workshops on webscraping and metadata creation on Friday will lead into a full day of hacking open data on Saturday.
Data Rescue: Why, Who and What's Next Portland OR March 3, 2017 📢 Speaker A talk on the landscape of and challenges facing the Data Rescue movement.
OpenCon SF Francisco, CA February 7, 2017 📢 Speaker An evening of talks on ways of working open at Many Labs.
Mozilla Fellows Work Week San Francisco, CA February 6 - 10, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Leader & 🙋 Participant Ran a workshop on Project Planning & Measuring Impact for Mozilla Science and Open Web Fellows to complete Project Brief and other project planning exercises. Attended workshops and events run by fellow fellows.
Data Rescue PDX Portland OR February 3, 2017 📋 Organizer & 👩‍🏫 Session Leader JSON tutorial for beginners and will help participants understand where open data lives, how open data in structured, and build skills in data documentation and archiving.
Digital security for moms Portland OR January 15, 2017 📢 Speaker Talk and workshop on how to level up your personal digital security.
Dissertation Defense Portland, OR December 5, 2016 📢 Speaker & 🎓 Celebration 🎉 The role of myotubularin phosphatases in peripheral myelination and disease.
OpenCon 2016 Washington, DC November 12-14, 2016 👩‍🏫 Session Leader Unconference session leader: Open Advice. Lead a group of 20 early career researchers to meet with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) with Dr. George Strawn, Board Director for the Policy and Global Affairs Division at the National Academy of Sciences, and Dr. Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences. We advocated for data sharing and open access, more support for early career researchers, voiced our concerns about diversity and inclusion in the sciences. Joined the Oregon OpenCon delegation and meet with Ron Wyden’s staff to discuss the Fair Access to Science and Technology Act (FASTR). More on my OpenCon experiences here.
Licensing and copyright roundtable for data sharing and open source Portland, OR November 4, 2016 🙋 Participant Participated in discussion with lawyers, scientists, and academic administrators on licensing, open source, and open science in academic research in the institutional setting.
Mozilla Festival 2016 London, UK October 27-29, 2016 📢 Speaker Lightning talk: "The open revolution is science and why it needs you"
Science Hack Day Portland Portland, OR October 7-8, 2016 📋 Organizer Secured funding, organized catering, materials, and support for speakers and participants with an interdisciplinary team. The event included a kickoff party, 24-hours of hackathon time in a supportive environment, and closing project demos. This event was free, open to the public, and featured free access to three 3-D printers, microcontrolers, hardware, and software expertise. Here are some of the outcomes Science Hack Day PDX 2016 facilitated: long term and cross-community collaborations; technology confidence and skill building through hands on experiences with code and hardware; the creation of new and collaborative learning communities, such as OHSU’s BioData Club; an active community of open science practitioners, which spans open source, open hardware, and open data enthusiasts. One attendee said, "without a doubt, my favorite hackathon event I’ve ever attended". Further details here.
Career development and negotiation for women in technical fields with Jessica Williams Portland, OR September 22, 29, & October 6 📋 Organizer Organized a workshop to create safe space to discuss real world issues and learn networking, negotiation, and communication strategies, co-hosted by Women in Science Portland and ChickTech PDX(

How did I get from an undergraduate degree in fine art to open advocacy?

Experience Location Date Role Description
Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Certificate program University of Vermont, Burlington VT 2008–2009 🙋 Student Completed premed courses while working in a lab and at an elder care facility
Back to school to study science LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City NY 2007-2008 🙋 Student Completed basic science courses while working at a bakery and as a fancy coffee barista
Decorative Arts Project Manager New York City region 2001–2006 👩‍🎨 Designer, project manager, and crew leader Lead a team of painters and artists to execute murals, wall treatments, and flat painting. Responsibilities included budgeting projects, communicating with clients, addressing technical problems, and managing the team.