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Mozilla Science Lab Global Science Sprint '16

On the 2nd and 3rd of June, the Mozilla Science Lab organized its annual Global Science Sprint, which brought together people from across the globe—over 35 sites—to collaborate on a variety of projects across different tracks like Tools, Open Data, and Educational Resources.

The turnout was tremendous—contributions came in rapidly and people were really excited about it.

A lot of work was done as well!

I contributed in a small way to two projects: The EcoData Retriever and pmc-ref. EcoData Retriever is a project that eases the life of ecologists by downloading ecological data, pre-processing it and installing it into common databases like mysql and postgres. The project is being maintained by Ethan White, an associate professor at the University of Florida and Henry Senyondo. They were very helpful in getting me familiar with the project and helping me make my first contribution. They’ve also lined up a few more interesting contributions that I can make post the sprint.

I am grateful to the Mozilla Science Lab and for all the people who took part in this massive event. Open Science for the win!

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world”