Science Needs a Firmware Update

February 26th - 29th

2601 Walnut St. Denver CO, 80205

The Scientific Coordination Infrastructure and Operating Systems Workshops (SciOS) is a 4 day event bringing together open science deep infrastructure technicians and engineers to collaborate on shared solutions, standards, and paths forward for a technology-based scientific ecosystem that enables FAIR, collaborative, AI-enhanced, open science practices.

SciOS is organized as a collaboration between Protocol Labs, DeSci Labs, and the people, projects, and organizations that take lead on tracks and workshops.

The event and workshops are free and open for all to attend.

SciOS is a proud participant in The DeSci Summit, Denver 2024. The DeSci Summit is a community organized constellation of events showcasing and building DeSci tools, organizations, philosophy, and potential.


Day One, February 26th

Applications, Outputs, and Community Showcase

Track Lead: SciOS

Time: 9am-4pm

Join us for an open platform that highlights the importance of the DeSci deep-tech stack by highlighting the tools, research, and community it enables. Demo your DeSci project, highlight a use of DeSci applications, host a fireside chat or panel with your DeSci peers, or take the stage by yourself to discuss the implications of DeSci, your thoughts on and vision for the future of science, and how we can use Web3 to make a more efficient, productive, equitable, and democratic system of science!

Track Lead

Submit a Showcase Proposal!

Day Two, February 27th

Open Problems Sessions

Track Lead: Juan Benet

Time: 9:30am-11am

Join us and share your thoughts on the problems facing the traditional system of science. This session will help define the limitations of the current firmware of science, and help guide the DeSci movement towards building a more effective stack on which research operates.

Track Lead

Submit an Open Problems Proposal!

Science Primitives

Track Lead: Michael Zargham

Time: 11am-12pm

Join us to “set the table” for a week of desci topics grounded by posing the question “what is science” and exploring the hypthesis that science is a collection of decentralized protocols. We will explore some examples including peer-review, lab notebooks and citation mechanisms. Furthmoremore, we will examine how the implementations of these protocols has centralized. We conclude by motivating the development of more decentralized implementations of these protocols.

DID and Permissions Workshops

Track Lead: Shady el Damaty, Holonym

Time: 1pm-4pm

Join Ceramic, Orbis, and Holonym as we explore technical solutions for decentralized identity in decentralized science applications.

Presenters may use the time to introduce a problem for scientific identity management and explore potential solutions. The focus should be on concrete technical solutions, not on marketing a project or coin.

Day Three, February 28th

Funding and Incentive Design Workshops

Track Lead: Andrew Dickson, Drips

Time: 9am-12pm

The Funding and Incentives Track will explore ways in which funding solutions and economic mechanisms can contribute to the development of decentralized science. Can we improve on traditional science funding by utilizing digital currencies and new funding designs from web2 and web3? What economic mechanisms and incentives do we think will be the most effective for supporting high-quality collaborative decentralized sciance over the long haul? We’ll discuss these questions and many more with the high-level goal of building the best money lego blocks to support the future of open science.

Open State Data Networks Workshops

Track Lead: Will Scott

Time: 1pm-4pm

The Open State Data Network (OSDN) Track will dive into issues connecting data and computation. How do we activate semantic and scientific data? How do we structure decentralized data sets such that computation can be done efficiently? Workshops in this track will map limitations and identify opportunities for bridging computation and data in an open network.

Day Four, February 29th

FAIR data and Semantic Publishing Workshops

Track Leads: Erik Schultes, GoFAIR foundation | Erik Van Winkle, DeSci Labs | Ronen Tamari, Common Sensemakers

Time: 9am-12pm

FAIR (Findable Accessible Interoperable Reusable) Data is a movement aiming to redefine science by building machine actionability into the scientific record. In this workshop, Dr. Erik Schultes and Erik Van Winkle of the GO FAIR Foundation will be discussing the social, technical and political challenges of bringing human-computer symbiosis to life. We aim to discuss current directions in the FAIR movement alongside their associated challenges, providing a space for novel and innovative solutions.

AI in Open Science Workshops

Track Leads: Don Gossen, Nevermined | Levi Rybalov, CoopHive

Time: 1pm-4pm

Science has relied on advanced analytics capabilities to push the state of the art in research for centuries. The recent emergence of powerful Artificial Intelligence models promises to continue this trend and accelerate scientific discovery to untold levels. However, keeping both AI and Science open will not be easy. Join us to discuss how we plan to leverage AI to push scientific discovery, while maintaining the decentralized ethos of fair and democratic.

Mapping the Ecosystem and Hackathon

Track Leads: Jonathan Starr, NumFOCUS | Martin,

Time: all days

To better understand and guide our DeSci movements among Open movement, let us trace the complete, ever expanding quilt of Open. Let us build the Encyclopédie of the digital era, an Open map of that which is Open – software, data, models, policies, knowledge, papers, resources, and the people behind them all – A map that can be easily charted by anyone seeking to create, support, or explore foundational knowledge, or the translation thereof. This workshop will run across all days and seek to identify the infrastructure, tools, and other resources being utilized to enable the DeSci dream, and to identify those we still need.

Our Vision

SciOS was conceived to tackle the challenges hindering the DeSci movement. Our primary goal is to transcend the limitations of conventional gatherings that often focus on reiterating solved issues or promoting products. Instead, SciOS is dedicated to fostering a dynamic environment where participants engage in meaningful work—mapping out technical challenges, addressing interoperability issues, and collaboratively finding solutions on the spot.

The essence of SciOS is encapsulated in a series of technical workshops designed to explore and solve problems associated with employing a decentralized stack for scientific advancement. At this nascent stage, the DeSci movement is ripe with potential, offering a unique opportunity to introduce a broad audience to the advantages of web3 technologies.

The conference structure is organized into half-day tracks focusing on critical areas such as Open State Data Networks, Compute, FAIR and Semantic Publishing, DID and Permissions, Funding and Incentive Design, AI in Open Science, and Mapping the Ecosystem.

In line with our vision, we approach the content of these sessions with an open mind, prioritizing the collective progress over any preconceived notions. We encourage our track and workshop leads to work together, aligning their sessions towards tangible advancements. This collaborative effort aims at identifying and overcoming obstacles, brainstorming actionable solutions, and gathering the diverse needs within the DeSci ecosystem. Through an engaging and productive series of solution-focused technical sessions, we invite all participants to contribute to a vision that is both inclusive and forward-looking, ensuring that our agenda is filled with content that not only aligns with but actively propels our shared objectives forward.

To adhere to this vision we’re designing the conference around the following three core questions

  1. What deep tech solutions are enabling the missions of DeSci projects?
  2. What deep tech hurdles still hold them back?
  3. What deep tech is still needed for their missions to excel and accelerate?


Sponsors help us to make this event great, including setting up the event, providing ongoing management of the work products that come out of the sessions and building