The library director at the engineering school Arts et Métiers ParisTech and manager of the open archive SAM explains her involvement in open access from three points of view: that of a librarian, a researcher, and a mother.

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Today, MyScienceWork has been enjoying the First Day of Tomorrow event (#FDOT2014) to “meet those who are creating the future”--in medicine, robotics, food production, business... Before their projects become realities in our daily lives, you can follow the progress of many like them, here, in our news of the week.

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Proof assistants are computer programs designed to verify the accuracy and the logic of formal mathematical proofs. Though we never see them, these proofs provide the basis for much of the math underlying the operations of our daily lives. Increasingly, as these proofs become too long or complex to be checked by people, their verification is being turned over to machines. Despite concerns about bugs entering the system, proof assistants are creating new possibilities for mathematicians to collaborate and advance even faster.

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A series of tests has just been carried out to verify that the instruments being carried by the lander onboard the Rosetta probe are in full working order. The engineers and researchers on the project may, therefore, be about to celebrate their second victory. The first came on January 20th, when Rosetta awoke after spending the last several years in hibernation while travelling through outer space. The CNES has invited two experts from the program, Jean-Pierre Bibring and Philippe Gaudon, to come announce the results and discuss what’s next for the mission. Before Rosetta manages to rendezvous with a comet, rendezvous tonight with the CNES, 19h30 at the Café du Pont Neuf, in Paris or at #CNEStweetup.

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As you may have noticed, Facebook is changing its rules every now and then. Its latest change is related to fan pages: page posts are reaching fewer and fewer people so as to encourage page holders to pay for advertising. Concretely, this means that, although you may be a fan of MyScienceWork on Facebook, you have little chance of seeing all our posts. So, how can you keep up with us in your feed?

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While some of us at MyScienceWork have been following the adventures of #svMSW ("MyScienceWork Does Silicon Valley") from afar, 5,000 of you have been following us! Today, the counter rolled over in honor of our 5,000th Twitter follower. Thanks to all of you out there for being with us! And now, here’s some news that was worth following this week.

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INSERM, France’s national institute for health sciences, recently commissioned a study of Europeans’ perceptions of research. The poll addressed questions related to citizens’ interest in different research subjects, their confidence in the actors involved, their understanding and what it means for them. The results show health topics inspiring the most interest and researchers garnering confidence, even if the public’s understanding of science topics sparking debate in society is not high: only one term of 20 tested was truly understood by the majority of Europeans polled.

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As MyScienceWork takes to the air to take its first steps on US soil, the week’s science news brought us several stories revealed from beneath the Earth, coursing through its air currents, and beyond, into space.

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