Open Research Tools & Technologies


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Join us at FOSDEM 2020

Saturday 1st of February 2020
from 10:30 to 19:00
ULB, Brussels, Belgium

We invite developers or users of tools and technologies used in a research context to contribute to the FOSDEM 2020 conference. We understand research as the general process to produce knowledge such as scientific research, investigative journalism, NGOs fieldwork, etc.

We seek talks about:

Talks will last around 20-40 minutes + 5-10 minutes Q&A, have to be in English, will be video recorded by the amazing FOSDEM staff and will be available on the FOSDEM video recordings archive.


Deadline: 1 Dec 2019 23:59 CET

Submissions must include:

Submission process is managed in the Pentabarf system used by the FOSDEM conference.

Apply for a talk:

By submitting a proposal you agree to being recorded and to have your talk made available.

When submitting your talk in Pentabarf, make sure to select the ‘Open Research Technologies Devroom’ as the ‘Track’. If you already have a Pentabarf account from a previous FOSDEM event, please reuse it. Create an account if, and only if, you don’t have one from a previous year.

If you have any issues with Pentabarf, do not despair: contact us at science-devroom-manager [at]

The Open Research Technologies devroom

The Open Research Technologies devroom addresses FLOSS developers in a broad community concerned with research production and curation: scientists, engineers, journalists, archivists, curators, activists. The tools and technologies targeted are typically creating, handling or sharing knowledge artifacts: data, academic papers, books, collections, web contents, algorithms, artworks. This devroom provides a place and time to discuss the issues related to the creation and usage of open research technologies, with the ambition to foster discussions between designers, developers and users, bridging multiple knowledge-based communities together, and with the broader FLOSS community.

The Open Research Technologies devroom aims to:

What is FOSDEM?

The FOSDEM (Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting) is a non-commercial, volunteer-organized European event centered on free and open-source software development. It is aimed at developers and anyone interested in the free and open-source software movement. It aims to enable developers to meet and to promote the awareness and use of free and open-source software.

Other devrooms might interest you

Even if the FOSDEM is not science-specific, you might be interested by many other talks. Some developer rooms have a scope that resonates with research, for instance:

Of course you will also be able to find high quality talks in your own area of expertise in the 50+ devrooms (Python, Java, Rust, PostgreSQL, etc.).

Finally, you may appreciate the prestigious keynotes in the main amphitheater (to be announced).


Paul and Mathieu were colleagues at Sciences Po médialab. Achilleas and Michael are colleagues at the German Neuroinformatics Node. We met because we submitted two very related “Open Science” proposals for FOSDEM 2020!

Contact us: science-devroom-manager [at]

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