Feedback Wanted: Publishers & Data Access

Originally posted on Data Pub:

This post is co-authored with Jennifer Lin, PLOS

Short Version: We need your help!

We have generated a set of recommendations for publishers to help increase access to data in partnership with libraries, funders, information technologists, and other stakeholders. Please read and comment on the report (Google Doc), and help us to identify concrete action items for each of the recommendations here (EtherPad).

Background and Impetus

The recent governmental policies addressing access to research data from publicly funded research across the US, UK, and EU reflect the growing need for us to revisit the way that research outputs are handled. These recent policies have implications for many different stakeholders (institutions, funders, researchers) who will need to consider the best mechanisms for preserving and providing access to the outputs of government-funded research.

The infrastructure for providing access to data is largely still being architected and built. In this context, PLOS and the UC Curation Center hosted a set of leaders…

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Panel on Transparency and Replication @ EGAP 11 (Berkeley, CA — Friday 4/11)

Experiments in Governance and Politics (EGAP) will be holding its eleventh bi-annual meeting in Berkeley, CA this Friday and Saturday (April 11-12). In addition to research design workshops and recent papers presentations, the meeting will feature an interdisciplinary panel on transparency and replication (Friday, 3.50-6.00pm):

  • 3:50 – 4:10 PM Thad Dunning “EGAP Regranting Initiative”
  • 4:10 – 4:30 PM Ted Miguel “Berkeley Initiative on Transparency in Social Sciences (BITSS)”
  • 4:30 – 4:50 PM Macartan Humphreys “White Paper on Journal Best Practices”
  • 4:50 – 5:10 PM Annette Brown “3ie Internal Replication Project”
  • 5:10 – 5:30 PM Discussion and wrap-up

More details & the full agenda are available on the EGAP website.

Reproducibility Pioneers: Political Scientists Assigning Replications to Students

Originally posted on Political Science Replication:

Here are innovative and exciting syllabi of methods courses assigning replication studies to students. The instructors ensure that we build up a cohort of students who value reproducibility, while learning statistics at the same time.

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Transparency Seminar @ NYU

Ted Miguel (UC Berkeley) will provide an overview of and update on BITSS at New York University on Friday, April 4. Sponsored by the Development Research Institute, the presentation will cover recent progress toward research transparency in the social sciences, and make the case for standards and practices that help realign scholarly incentives with scholarly values.

Time: Friday, April 4th, 12:30 p.m.
Location: 14 A Washington Mews 1st Floor, New York
RSVP: laura [dot] freschi [at] nyu [dot] edu

Lunch will be provided.

More info

Deadline Extended for BITSS Summer Institute!

The deadline for applying to the BITSS Summer Institute (June 2-5, 2014 – Berkeley, CA) has been extended to Wednesday, April 2. The week-long course will cover a broad array of topics related to openness and transparency in social science research, including the theory and implementation of pre-analysis plans; building reproducible knowledge; emerging techniques to carry out meta-analyses; tools for data sharing, management, publication and curation; strategies to deal with “p-hacking” and publication bias; and the implementation of version control systems. The Institute is run in partnership with the Center for Open Science and the UC Berkeley D-Lab.

The BITSS Summer Institute will include a hands-on workshop on the Open Science Framework.

The BITSS Summer Institute will include a hands-on workshop on the Open Science Framework (Photo Credits: COS)

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A Discussion with Victoria Stodden (April 3 — Washington, DC)

The AAAS FIRE and Big Data Affinity groups are co-hosting an informal discussion with Victoria Stodden (Columbia University, Department of Statistics) on Thursday April 3 at 6pm in the Kogod Courtyard of the National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, DC. The debate will focus on the role of data and software in scientific research and funding. What does access mean? How are current policies helping or hindering access? What are the costs? Who benefits? Victoria will also introduce her forthcoming book, Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good.

Click here to register.

Replication Panels at ISA 2014

The 55th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (March 26-29, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) will feature two panels on replication and reproducibility:

  • Friday, March 28
    8:15 AM – 10:00 AM
    Replication in International Relations: How Journal Data Policies and Replication in Teaching Can Improve Reproducibility Standards
  • Friday, March 28
    10:30 AM – 12:15 PM
    Replication in International Relations: Successes and Failures in Practice

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All the latest on research transparency

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