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Makes sense to me

Knowing When and How to Use Medical Products
A Shared Responsibility for the FDA and CMS

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Philip Stark on “Preproducibility”

A lot of sensible advice here:

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”:
A nice critique of the “leaky pipeline” metaphor in p. 12:


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.

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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:

All the gory details of the case study paper are here: so you can give it a try. It works on my machine 😉

Happy reading!


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NIH, ScienceMag, and BoD

This article in ScienceMag caught my attention and then got forwarded to everyone:

It looks like GBD stuff, but they never said IHME or GBD. But digging deeper… it is!

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:

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