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Irreproducibile science as a communication failure

From: Abraham D. Flaxman
Sent: Thursday, May 7, 2015 4:40 PM
To: reproducible@u.washington.edu
Subject: [Reproducible] licenses and reproducibility: the scholarly communication lens

The recent discussion on reproducibility and licensing inspired me to read something historical about UW and software licensing that has been on my desk for a while. I think others on the list might find it interesting as well, so I scanned a copy for you: https://www.dropbox.com/s/79k92iwm20159of/williams_barnett_digital_ventures_2009.pdf?dl=0

I particularly like the idea that software is communication, and the university is an institute that is good at scholarly communication and at teaching. I think there is some framing here that could be valuable for reproducible research as well. Irreproducible results are, in a sense, a communication failure, and a lot of what we are talking about on this list are different ways to improve our scholarly communication.


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