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Job Opportunity in Data Curation/Publication

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a Research Analyst to join the Data Analysis/Data Publication team. This team is leading an innovative and exciting new part of IPA’s effort to promote high quality research: releasing research data from social science experiments publicly, for re-use and replication.

The position also involves helping to develop a data repository for experiments in the social sciences (more information here), as well as producing guidelines for code and data management. IPA is collaborating with the Institute of Social and Policy Studies at Yale University on this initiative.

This job offer may be of particular interest to those with background in statistics/quantitative analysis, who are also interested in advancing research transparency within the social sciences. Please see the full job description here.

New book: Implementing Reproducible Research

New book from Victoria Stodden, Friedrich Leisch, and Roger D. Peng: “Implementing Reproducible Research“.

In many of today’s research fields, including biomedicine, computational tools are increasingly being used so that the results can be reproduced. Researchers are now encouraged to incorporate software, data, and code in their academic papers so that others can replicate their research results. Edited by three pioneers in this emerging area, this book is the first one to explore this groundbreaking topic. It presents various computational tools useful in research, including cloud computing, data repositories, virtual machines, R’s Sweave function, XML-based programming, and more. It also discusses legal issues and case studies.

The chapters of the book are available for download for free on the OSF page.

Git/GitHub, Transparency, and Legitimacy in Quantitative Research

Reblogged from The Political Methodologist.

A complete research project hosted on GitHub is reproducible and transparent by default in a more comprehensive manner than a typical journal mandated replication archive […] Maintaining your research project on GitHub confers advantages beyond the social desireability of the practice and the the technical benefits of using a revision control system. Making your research publicly accessible in this manner makes it considerably easier to replicate, meaning that, all else equal, more people will build on your work, leading to higher citation counts and impact […] If open research of this sort was to become a norm in political science, it is hard to imagine that the field would not advance more quickly.Using Git and Github confers non-trivial technical advantages, has a low startup cost given the array of modern software that interfaces with Git, is desireable from a social perspective and an individual perspective, and provides a helpful pedagogical service as well.

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Open Data Training Course

The Open Knowledge Foundation is organizing an introductory course on open data on Friday, December 6 in London. This one-day workshop is oriented towards organisations considering starting their own open data initiative. Topics to be covered include the benefits of opening data, regulatory requirements, data licensing, data quality and formats, planning an open data project, data portals, publishing data, and community engagement.

Changes in the Research Process Must Come From the Scientific Community

In a recent article intended to be published in a major policy journal, Victoria Stodden urges the scientific community to take the lead in establishing a new framework for more transparent research practices. While recent policy changes by the US government regarding public access to data and publications from federally funded research can serve as a catalyst for higher transparency standards, researchers cannot expect policymakers to always act in the interest of scientific integrity, she says. Overemphasis on US competitiveness, lobbying forces, and imperfect understanding of how science is carried out and disseminated should make clear that authors and journals should further use and develop existing transparency tools rather than relying on what is happening on the Hill. Read the piece on Victoria Stodden’s blog.