Jun 29, 2019  –  Jul 2, 2019  |  San Francisco, CA

BITSS at the 94th WEAI Annual Conference

BITSS will exhibit at the 94th Annual Conference of the Western Economic Association International (WEAI) in San Francsico, CA on June 28th-July 2nd, 2019. Visit us in the conference registration area to learn about our latest work in supporting research and training for transparency and reproducibility in economics.
Apr 8, 2019  –  Apr 12, 2019  |  Galway

Catalyst event: Open Science Week at NUI Galway, Ireland

Elaine Toomey and colleagues organized the NUI Galway Open Science Week on April 8-12, 2019, the first of its kind in Ireland. The event brought together researchers, academics, educators, policymakers and members of the public to highlight and showcase what open science is, and how it can be achieved. As part of the Open Science Week, the organizers also hosted "Open Science in Health Research", a two-day introductory workshop for early career researchers on April 11-12, 2019 at the School of Psychology, National University of Ireland Galway. Learn more here.
Dec 11, 2018  |  Berkeley, CA

BITSS Workshop: Forecasting Social Science Research Results

Despite growing interest in forecasting and predictions across a number of fields, there is currently neither a centralized platform to collect predictions, nor consensus on best practices. To address this issue, BITSS will host a workshop on Forecasting Social Science Research Results on December 11, 2018, in coordination with the 2018 Annual Meeting.
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Dec 10, 2018  |  Berkeley, CA

2018 BITSS Annual Meeting

BITSS held its seventh Annual Meeting on December 10, 2018 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California. The event brings together leaders from academia, scholarly publishing, and policy to share knowledge and discuss the evolving movement toward research transparency and efforts to strengthen the standards of openness and integrity in the social sciences. Read More →
Oct 3, 2018  |  Quito

Transparency and Reproducibility Workshop in Quito, Ecuador

BITSS Postdoctoral Scholar Fernando Hoces de la Guardia held a workshop on research transparency and reproducibility tools and practices in Quito, Ecuador on October 2, 2018. The audience consisted of researchers from the Inter-American Development Bank and a team of local researchers.
Sep 5, 2018  –  Sep 7, 2018  |  Los Angeles, CA

Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) – Los Angeles

BITSS held its Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) in Los Angeles, CA, September 5-7, 2018. RT2 provides participants with an overview of tools and best practices for transparent and reproducible social science research. The curriculum is developed and delivered by academic leaders in the open science movement and there is space for collaborative work and hands-on skill building. Participants are encouraged to bring existing research questions and ideas based on their own interests to seek support and feedback from instructors and other attendees. Read More →
Jul 9, 2018  –  Aug 10, 2018  |  Online at FutureLearn.com

MOOC: Transparent and Open Social Science Research

Demand for evidence-based policy is growing, but so is recognition that limited transparency in social science research has contributed to what many have called a crisis of reproducibility and credibility. With this 5-week, self-paced Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), you can explore the causes of limited transparency in social science research, as well as tools to make your own work more open and reproducible. Read More →
Feb 14, 2018  |  Berkeley, CA

Garret Christensen at UC Berkeley Love Data Week 2018

Garret Christensen will participate in the Data Stories and Visualization Panel at UC Berkeley Love Data Week 2018 on Tuesday, February 14, 2018. Garret will discuss how he used Department of Defense data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request to research how war deaths were affecting the supply of military recruits. Especially without a lawyer, getting this data is time-consuming and may be impossible to verify the quality of the data. But now the data is publicly available in a trusted repository.
Jan 30, 2018  |  London

Geography and Environment Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training, LSE

The Geography & Environment Department is pleased to host you for the first Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Faculty: Greer Gosnell (LSE, Grantham Research Institute), Ben Groom (LSE, Department of Geography & Environment), Thomas Leeper (LSE, Department of Government), Laurence Horton (LSE Library), Rachael Meager (LSE, Department of Economics), and Arnaud Vaganay (Meta-Lab). Participants will learn about a range of innovative practices and tools, including:
  • Pre-registration
  • Pre-analysis Plans
  • Data management and de-identification
  • Tools for transparent workflows, including the Open Science Framework (OSF), Git, R, and dynamic documents.
With this training, we aim to directly impact researchers’ practices in favor of transparency and reproducibility. We focus on topics such as pre-registration, pre-analysis plans, and version control so that participants can apply these tools to their own work. We hope that these events will have long-term, sustainable impacts on scientific norms and practices as learners and faculty continue to incorporate innovative tools and methods into curricula and coursework.
Apr 4, 2018  –  Apr 6, 2018  |  Amsterdam

Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) – Amsterdam

BITSS held the second international Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) in Amsterdam, Netherlands April 4-6, 2018. RT2 provides participants with an overview of tools and best practices for transparent and reproducible social science research. The curriculum is developed and delivered by academic leaders in the transparency movement, and space is provided for collaborative work and hands-on skill building. Participants are encouraged to bring existing research questions and ideas based on their own interests to seek support and feedback from instructors and other attendees. Read More →
Jan 8, 2018  –  Feb 11, 2018  | 

MOOC: Transparent and Open Social Science Research

Demand for evidence-based policy is growing, but so is recognition that limited transparency in social science research has contributed to what many have called a crisis of reproducibility and credibility. With this 5-week, self-paced Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), you can explore the causes of limited transparency in social science research, as well as tools to make your own work more open and reproducible. Read More →
Oct 26, 2017  |  Washington, DC

Elise Wang Sonne at World Bank International Open Access Week 2017

2017 Leamer-Rosenthal recipient and BITSS Catalyst Soazic Elise Wang Sonne will be a featured speaker on a panel discussing the purpose of open access and how to operationalize open access in the context of extreme poverty. Panelists will also take questions from both in-person and virtual audiences from around the world. Read More →
Oct 19, 2017  –  Oct 21, 2017  |  San Diego, CA

Elise Wang Sonne to Present at the Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference

BITSS Catalyst and 2017 Leamer-Rosenthal Prize recepient Elise Wang Sonne is presenting at a speed session and a hosting a poster at the 2017 Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference (WSDS) of the American Statistical Association (ASA), scheduled for October 19-21, 2017. Elise's presentation builds on her Catalyst trainings in Sub-Saharan Africa and reflects on the gender bias in research transparency and the adoption of reproducibility practices. Abstract below. Read More →