Benjamin Mako Hill is a Research Symbiont!

In exciting news, Benjamin Mako Hill was just announced as a winner of a 2019 Research Symbiont Award.  Mako received the second annual General Symbiosis Award which “is given to a scientist working in any field who has shared data beyond the expectations of their field.” The award was announced at a ceremony in Hawaii at the Pacific Symposium in Biocomputing.

The award presentation called out Mako’s work on the preparation of the Scratch research dataset that includes the first five years of longitudinal data from the Scratch online community. Andrés Monroy-Hernández worked with Mako on that project. Mako’s nomination also mentioned his research groups’ commitment to the production of replication datasets as well as his work with Aaron Shaw on datasets of redirects and page protection from Wikipedia. Mako was asked to talk about this work in his a short video he recorded that was shown at the award ceremony.

Plush salmon with lamprey parasite.
A photo of the award itself: a plush fish complete with a parasitic lamprey.

The Research Symbionts Awards are given annually to recognize “symbiosis” in the form of data sharing. They are a companion award to the Research Parasite Awards which recognize superb examples of secondary data reuse. The award includes money to travel to the Pacific Symposium Computing (unfortunately, Mako wasn’t able to take advantage of this!) as well the plush fish with parasitic lamprey shown here.

In addition to the award given to Mako, Dr. Leonardo Collado-Torres was announced as the recipient of the health-specific Early Career Symobiont award for his work on Recount2.

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