Why should I promote reproducibility? Doesn’t this distract me from my research? Here are four tangible benefits that show how being a data champion has helped my academic career.
The Guardian published a long read piece today on attempts to detect data errors or fabrication on a large scale. Using the app Statcheck by Michele Nuijten, we can now detect automatically if papers may have errors in them. Unfortunately Michele is hardly mentioned in the article and does not become a vital part of the larger story. Gender bias?
We need mathematical help to tell the difference between a real discovery and the illusion of one. Fellow of the Royal Society and future President of the Royal Statistical Society, Sir David Spiegelhalter visits Dr Nicole Janz to discuss reproducibility in scientific publications. Here’s the film:
This we know: Sharing research data with the goal of advancing science is slowly becoming the norm in many disciplines, and a rich ecosystem has sprung up in recent years to support that effort. Yes, technological and cultural challenges remain, but anyone watching this space would agree that much progress has been made. A guest post by Limor Peer and Ann Green.