Reproducibility? It’s Still a Challenge

Some scientific research are inherently easier (or harder) to reproduce others. A recent blog post by Rich FitzJohn, Matt Pennell, Amy Zanne and Will Cornwell at rOpenSci. The level of reproducibility depends upon the set of tools available to researchers, for instance, open source software, cloud computing, data archiving, standardized biological materials, and widely available computing resources. Authors also discuss two parts of the reproducibility, the data and the analysis, as well as associated challenges.


PLOS Data Policy Update Part 2

In the latest issue of College & Research Libraries News (vol. 75 no. 6 305-308), Emma Ganley, an acting deputy editor of PLOS Biology, provides a summary of the implementation of the PLOS data policy and researchers’ different responses. As many of you know, reception of the PLOS Data Policy by the scientific community was initially polarized. You may find this short article informative to learn more about the PLOS Data Policy which is hoped to serve as a catalyst for change and invigorate the development of new resources and infrastructure for research and access.

PLOS Data Policy Update

It has been a few months since the PLOS journals’ data policy was implemented. For the re-use and re-purpose of data by readers and by data miners, authors of new manuscripts were required to submit a statement about where the data underlying their description of research can be found. As of today,16,000 sets of authors have included information about data availability with their article submission. Should this number be considered as good news for open science, and more specifically, is this a step towards improved integration between the published literature and the data underlying it? You can learn more about the recent update from the PLOS’ data policy and current state of data sharing by authors from here.

Meet the guy whose life is Open Access and Open Data

Fiona Murphy (Wiley) recently interviewed Mark Thorley (NERC, the Natural Environment Research Council) about his work on Open Access (OA) policy and research data. as Chair of the RCUK Research Outputs Network. In his interview, he talks about his mission to remove as many barriers as possible to the outputs of the funded research – both publications and data – in order to support research as well as other exploitation uses, both commercial and non-commercial.

Continue reading Fiona Murphy’s blog reporting her interview with Mark Thorley…

Analyzing and Visualizing Spreadsheets

Today, an increasing number of researchers share a thesis/dissertation via figshare. Are you interested in reading a thesis deposited in figshare that is most viewed? It’s entitled “Analyzing and Visualizing Spreadsheets’. It starts with the interesting brief history of spreadsheets:

Although the electronic spreadsheet was first conceived in the sixties, the idea of laying out numbers in a grid dates as far back as the Babylonian times. The Plimpton 322, a Babylonian tablet from 1800 BC, lists the Pythagorean triplets in a very spreadsheet-like form.

You can view and download this thesis from here.

New DMPTool Released Today

The new DMPTool is released today, May 29, 2014, with new interface and functions.

  • New user interface with embedded tips and help throughout
  • Library of publicly available data management plans
  • Assigning plan co-owners for better collaboration
  • New help on data management in general
  • Frequently Asked Questions, where users can submit questions and get answers
  • 90-second video explaining the DMPTool
  • Quick-start guide for creating a DMP
  • Up-to-date data management funder requirements

The DMPTool blog site will tell you more details about this newly released DMPTool version 2.

IASSIST Quarterly Special Issue: A Pioneer Data Librarian

The special volume of the IASSIST Quarterly (2013: Spring) honors the work and influence of a pioneer data librarian. The authors of this volume are: Libbie Stephenson, Ann Gray, Peter Burnhill, Karsten Boye Rasmussen, Ann Green & Chuck Humphrey, Mary Vardigan, Jonathan D. Crabtree, Micah Altman & Mercè Crosas, and Haily Mooney.

The IASSIST Quarterly volume 37 is available at: