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Makes sense to me

Knowing When and How to Use Medical Products
A Shared Responsibility for the FDA and CMS
http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2580955

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Philip Stark on “Preproducibility”

A lot of sensible advice here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHryMtEBkB4

A combination of Dr. Stark’s name and the recent time I’ve spend absorbing the Marvel Comic Universe through Luke Cage [link] led to a culture insight, though. Some of my favorite superheros’ origin would have me believe that irreproducible research is shortest path to greatness. Maybe not for the (usually evil) scientist, but still.

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Changing The Game for Girls in STEM

Actually not about games or “serious gaming”: http://www.techbridgegirls.org/index.php?id=277
A nice critique of the “leaky pipeline” metaphor in p. 12: http://online.fliphtml5.com/udnc/tezw/#p=12

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Paid for by Chevron, so I guess they know more than most about pipelines…

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Of interest: New Team Science Report

From: Science of Science Policy Listserv
Sent: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 7:27 AM
Subject: [scisip] New Team Science Report from Academy of Medical Science

Dear List,
Given conversations on this list about Team Science, I think you will find this new report from the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK) to be quite interesting. They took a career-impact approach to studying the issues and have some fairly specific recommendations for stakeholders.

http://www.acmedsci.ac.uk/more/news/collaborating-on-large-science-projects-must-not-harm-careers/
Enjoy!

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Cool example of reproducible research

—–Original Message—–
From: Ben Marwick
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2016 4:06 PM
To: escience_reproducibility
Subject: [Reproducible] New paper on reproducible research in archaeology

Hi everyone,

You might be interested to know of a peer-reviewed paper on reproducible research in archaeology that I’ve just had published.

The paper owes a big debt to the UW eScience Institute, especially the Reproducibility and Open Science Working Group. So this paper is a kind of tribute to all of you in that group who have helped me make sense of reproducibility, thanks!

Here’s the citation and a link to the PDF:

Marwick, B. (2016). Computational reproducibility in archaeological
research: Basic principles and a case study of their implementation.
Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 1-27. doi:
10.1007/s10816-015-9272-9
https://github.com/benmarwick/basic_computational_reproducibility_case_study#computational-reproducibility-in-archaeological-research-basic-principles-and-a-case-study-of-their-implementation

All the gory details of the case study paper are here:
https://github.com/benmarwick/1989-excavation-report-Madjebebe so you can give it a try. It works on my machine 😉

Happy reading!

Ben

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NIH, ScienceMag, and BoD

This article in ScienceMag caught my attention and then got forwarded to everyone: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/funding/2015/12/nih-drops-special-10-set-aside-aids-research

It looks like GBD stuff, but they never said IHME or GBD. But digging deeper… it is! http://report.nih.gov/info_disease_burden.aspx

Now we can say it is definitely our data even though the Science article doesn’t mention us.

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Replicability and reproducibility

Lots of material on Reproducible Research in my backlog… I’m going to get it out there for you (or at least for future-me).

—–Original Message—–
From: Reproducible On Behalf Of Ben Marwick
Sent: Monday, November 2, 2015 9:53 PM
Subject: [Reproducible] Language Log: Replicability vs. reproducibility — or is it the other way around?

A popular academic blog on linguistics just put up a post with a nice discussion of definitions of reproducibility in science:

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=21956

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