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(Seng Chan You) #61

@schuemie Recently, a publisher asked me to write a book of medical data analysis or OHDSI. (this doesn’t seem to proceed further, because I started to write online book.) So I didn’t want to use Overt FREE license. And because Hadley Wickham used this license in his book (Advanced R), I used the same license.
Briefly,I didn’t care thoroughly. :sweat_smile:


(Clark C. Evans) #62

OHDSI may want to consider CC0 for its documentation. Anything else may create unforeseen issues with the ability to update/maintain/re-purpose documentation. In particular by-nc-nd is not great on all three fronts: a) it’s unclear if publishers could make a physical book out of it or even it could be hosted, b) it prevents future initiatives from building/reusing content, and c) the attribution can make incorporating into software harder. Of the three, the attribution requirement is the least worst, but even it is tedious to get right. The thing is, most projects think they need these restrictions… but they don’t. They worry that someone would fork the effort and make a proprietary derivative or make profits from is distribution. However, the cost of the restriction is often not worth covering from what is a rather unlikely event. The more likely, and higher risk is that someone simply won’t adopt the approach.


(Martijn Schuemie) #63

Thanks @cce! I think the point of the license is to prevent obstacles, not raise them, so to your point CC0 would make most sense if I understand all this correctly.

I was personally thinking of using self-publishing to create a physical copy of the book, which it seems the CC0 license allows for.

The CommonDataModel also appears to use the CC0 license, so we would also be consistent with that.


(Seng Chan You) #64

Good, thank you @cce for the valuable comment. The book of OHDSI Korea also adopts the CC0 license.


(Martijn Schuemie) #65

Reminder: tomorrow (Tuesday June 11) we have another Book Workgroup meeting at 11am Eastern Time.

Proposed topics to discuss:

  • Face-to-face meeting summary and next steps
  • Setting a deadline for chapter drafts
  • Should we create a companion site?
  • Where should we list contributors?
  • Everyone OK with the CC0 license?

For details how to join see the Book WG Wiki.


(Hamed Abedtash) #66

Thanks @schuemie! Can you please share the Webex info?


(Martijn Schuemie) #67

Hi @abedtash_hamed! You can find the connection details on the Book WG Wiki (link posted above).


(Ellen Palmer) #69

I am unable to make the meeting, but will access the meeting notes on the Wiki to be updated on when I should have the Characterization chapter done - I’m hoping to have a complete draft available for review sometime this week.


(Martijn Schuemie) #70

A quick update: we decided yesterday that first versions of chapters should be ready 4 weeks from now, so July 9. Please reach out to me if you need help meeting that deadline.

Also, please, please, please, follow the instructions for making screenshots of ATLAS. I see a lot of screenshots of ATLAS in the Google Docs taken at the full monitor resolution, meaning the text will be too small to read in the book. Also, please use screenshots sparingly. For example, there’s no need to have a screenshot of an empty form and then another screenshot of the same form filled in. I have tried to follow both principles in this section of the estimation chapter.


(Martijn Schuemie) #71

Tomorrow we have another Book of OHDSI workgroup meeting!

Topics to discuss:

See the Book WG Wiki for the meeting details.


(Clark C. Evans) #72

One Open Science chapter topic in today’s meeting was FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. It seems to me that FAIR was constructed as a response to Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) initiatives, laying out principles for what could be commercially acceptable behavior, yet preserving “open science”.

Hence, I think that FAIR applies to OHDSI’s Athena, the SaaS for distributing and browsing the Standardized Vocabularies for the OMOP CDM. It’s clear that Athena strongly meets FAIR principles, point by point.

Even so, I’m not sure that FAIR is relevant to other aspects of OHDSI since the actual CDMs are not meant to be generally accessible DaaS resources.


(Andrew Williams) #73

I’m not sure that accessibility of local CDMs is the right way to define the boundaries of what FAIR pertains to.
In addition to the OHDSI elements you name, digital objects like phenotype definitions, PLP models, study parameters and any others that affect sharability and reproducibility are within the spheres of open science that FAIR principles seek to address.


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