The list will gather together both researchers and non-researchers that have been working within different life science fields but who share one common interest: open science and reproducibility. It will help coordinate the efforts to transfer and adapt those technologies initially developed to study the human genome to other fields such as microbial, plant, and livestock bioinformatics. Openness not only exists in terms of publications and data, but can be applied to the research process itself. More than ever, given the magnitude of data the ability to adopt best practice in workflows, standards, tools for storing and sharing the actual data, as well as its analysis is key to making progress in science and discovery.
Researchers need to have mechanisms and tools to share methods, data, preliminary results, workflows, annotations protocols etc. in a traceable and identifiable manner. The era of cyber infrastructure brings great opportunities for sharing and enhancing collaboration.