Fellow Detail

Photo of Yo Yehudi
Name Yo Yehudi
Affiliation University of Cambridge
Department Department of Genetics
Group InterMine (Micklem Lab)
Research area code (C4) Genetics
Fellowship Inauguration Year 2018
Institutional Website http://intermine.org/
Website http://yo-yehudi.com/
ORCID 0000-0003-2705-1724
GitHub yochannah
Twitter yoyehudi

As a software engineer working in academia, my interests include "open" in all its popular science-related incarnations:

  • Open source software (all scientific software should be open source, peer reviewed, and examinable!)
  • Open data (without it, so many great projects couldn't exist)
  • Open access (science should be for everyone, not just those who can afford it!)

Alongside this comes a great love of creating usable software and interacting with open communities.

Short Biography

I've working at InterMine, an open source genomics data platform, at the University of Cambridge since 2015. Prior to this, I've worked at academic spin-out jobs and various industry jobs as a software developer and IT Technician. These days I spend most of my time working on BlueGenes, a new user interface for InterMine, as well as spending a lot of time on community outreach.

Working open source made me notice at some point that academic code and software papers often omit any links to the code they're discussing! Once I'd realised this it grew to become a passion of mine. An important part of science is peer review and reproducibility. If one were to submit, say, a mathematics paper, it seems unlikely that the paper would be accepted if the actual mathematical proofs weren't present. So why do people get away with this when it happens with computer code? More importantly, if the code isn't peer reviewed in any way, how can we verify it works or is correct? If the code is wrong, so too is the "science" it produced.

My aim is to promote open source code within the scientific community, particularly aiming to influence funders and journals to require review and open source code. To do this, I intend to attend events with an aim to teach others about these issues and network with relevant contacts, run workshops to help promote culture shift, and creating a "Code is Science" manifesto collaboratively with the community. You can see more of my notes and work at CodeIsScience.com or star my project on GitHub

Previous events

Title Start date End date
OLS Cohort calls - live captioning to make it accessible for a deaf participant ( Blog post ) Thursday, 10 September 2020 Thursday, 17 December 2020
Collaborations Workshop 2020 Tuesday, 31 March 2020 Saturday, 02 May 2020
Zoom Room for Open Life Science Cohort Calls ( Blog post ) Tuesday, 11 February 2020 Thursday, 30 April 2020
Open Fellows Meeting 2019 Wednesday, 06 November 2019 Thursday, 07 November 2019
Contributor rewards for open source contributions and hackathon participation (BioJS) Monday, 12 November 2018 Friday, 16 November 2018
RSE 2018 Monday, 03 September 2018 Tuesday, 04 September 2018

Blog Posts

Blog Publish date
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jOoSEmVhr-e1yyHCXNRwd3rDzLWgdky0GWVg1VhMI8A/edit Friday, 05 March 2021
Opportunity to learn ally skills to make your workplace more inclusive Tuesday, 27 October 2020
Open Life Science: where we are Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Open Life Science: where we want to go Monday, 23 November 2020
Open Life Science: How far we've come Thursday, 12 November 2020
Key skills to know before mentoring Friday, 09 October 2020
Open and reproducible research with community-driven research software metrics Friday, 20 March 2020
Supercharge your open project with leadership training Monday, 25 November 2019
Three reasons a Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship can supercharge your career Friday, 11 January 2019
Code is Science at GCCBOSC Wednesday, 12 September 2018
Mozilla Global Sprint 2018 Wednesday, 13 June 2018
Open Data Day Cambridge Wednesday, 18 April 2018