Response to Inquiry Regarding Data Science Open Notebook & Posted E-mail Correspondence
Good Afternoon Dr. Budden,
I imagine you receive e-mail notifications for new blog posts –
However I wanted to point out I’ve taken a moment to expand in the open notebook on the interesting question you’ve brought to my attention regarding the “appropriateness” of logging e-mail messages in the Data Science open notebook.
In particular, I have become interested in the scenario of a potential visitor to the notebooks.dataone.org site who, lacking context, grows confused by what appears to be personal e-mail correspondence.
A solution I considered may be to preface any e-mail correspondence I post to the notebook with a header or “editor’s note” that explains something along the lines that “the following content is posted as part of ongoing research effort concerning open notebook science,” perhaps with a link to the tag “Open Notebook Science” or original entry describing the Data Science Open Notebook concept .
I am of course open to other suggestions or guidelines. As an example – on reflection I have realized I really should avoid entitling lab notebook entries “May 29 Research Effort” – or something witty like “To Infinity and Beyond” – since it adds little value to the post. Even though my analog research notebook might have an title “May 29 Research Effort,” the open notebook format may necessitate more disciplined thinking for assigning titles.
In any case, here is a link to my most recent entry expanding on the problem as posed: “Open Notebook Science – is it a blog or not?”