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.

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.

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Dec 5, 2017  –  Dec 6, 2017  |  Berkeley, CA

2017 BITSS Annual Meeting

BITSS will hold its sixth Annual Meeting on December 5-6, 2017 in Berkeley, California to bring together leaders from academia, scholarly publishing, and policy to share knowledge and discuss the evolving movement toward research transparency in order to strengthen the standards of openness and integrity across social science disciplines.

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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.

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Oct 24, 2017  |  London, England

Re-opened: Parliamentary Inquiry into Research Integrity at the House of Commons of the UK

Catalyst Arnaud Vaganay will present oral evidence to the House Commons Science and Technology Committee regarding research transparency and reproducibility as part of the committee’s inquiry on scientific integrity. Dr. Vaganay will give evidence at 9:30 am on Tuesday, October 24.

Note: This event was originally canceled due to the general election on June 8, 2017 and the dissolution of Parliament. The new Science and Technology Committee has since decided to re-open their inquiry.

Watch Dr. Vaganay’s testimony here.

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.

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Oct 12, 2017  –  Oct 13, 2017  |  La Paz

Seminar and Workshop on Research Transparency + Reproducibility — Catalyst Event, La Paz, Bolivia

BITSS and La Salle University in Bolivia have partnered to develop and deliver a series of activities on research transparency that caters to the needs of the research community involved in conducting high-quality research in Bolivia. The proposed activities are a small yet significant step to i) generate awareness among users and contributors of the science research, and ii) to provide a platform to share tools and resources that assist in improving transparency in research, within the community of practitioners and academicians.

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Oct 9, 2017  –  Oct 10, 2017  |  Lima

Seminar and Workshop on Research Transparency + Reproducibility — Catalyst Event, Lima, Peru

BITSS and the Lima SE have partner to develop and deliver a workshop on research transparency that caters to the needs of the research community involved in conducting high quality research in Peru. The proposed workshop is a small yet significant step to i) generate awareness among users and contributors of the science research, and ii) to provide a platform to share tools and resources that assist in improving transparency in research, within the community of practitioners and academicians.

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Oct 5, 2017  –  Oct 6, 2017  |  Santiago

Seminar and Workshop on Research Transparency + Reproducibility — Catalyst Event, Santiago, Chile

BITSS and a joint collaboration of the Center for Longitudinal Studies and the School of Government of Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC),  have partner to develop and deliver a workshop on research transparency that caters to the needs of the research community involved in conducting high quality research in Chile. The proposed activities are a small yet significant step to i) generate awareness among users and contributors of the science research, and ii) to provide a platform to share tools and resources that assist in improving transparency in research, within the community of practitioners and academicians.

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Sep 20, 2017  –  Sep 22, 2017  |  London

Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) – London, England

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) held the first international Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) in London, England September 20-22, 2017. 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.

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Aug 18, 2017  –  Aug 19, 2017  |  5045 Bergen

Research Transparency and Reproducibility Workshop – Bergen, Norway

To address growing need for improved norms and practices of social science research, and in partnership with The Choice Lab at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), BITSS will deliver a workshop on research transparency and reproducibility. This two-day workshop will be led by Dr. Eva Vivalt (Australian National University) and will target 40-50 students, faculty, and researchers to train them on the challenges facing the credibility of social science research, as well as currently known best practices for more transparent, reproducible research. The workshop will engage the audience with hands-on workflow-related activities and software.

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Jun 28, 2017  |  San Diego

BITSS Paper Session at 92nd Annual WEAI, San Diego

BITSS has organized two paper sessions on Day 4 of the 92nd Annual Western Economics Association International Conference in San Diego, Ca.

Topics will include meta-analysis, publication bias, data sharing, and research transparency, featuring work by several SSMART grant recipients.

Speakers will include Garret Christensen (BITSS, BIDS), Abel Brodeur (University of Ottawa), Elliott Collins (UC Berkeley), Fernando Hoces de la Guardia (RAND Corporation), Taisuke Imai (Caltech), Chishio Furukawa (MIT), and Mauricio Romero (UC San Diego).

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Jul 10, 2017  –  Sep 10, 2017

MOOC: Transparent and Open Social Science Research

Demand is growing for evidence-based policy making, but there is also growing recognition in the social science community that limited transparency and openness in research have contributed to widespread problems. With this 3-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.

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Jun 7, 2017  –  Jun 9, 2017  |  Berkeley, CA

Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) – Berkeley, CA

Participants and Faculty from RT2 Berkeley held June 7-9, 2017Led by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), this Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) provides participants with an overview of cutting-edge mechanisms for transparent and reproducible social science research. The curriculum is taught by academic leaders in the transparency movement, and there will be space for collaborative work and hands-on skill building.

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May 3, 2017  –  May 4, 2017  |  Cuernavaca, Morelos

Transparency + Reproducibility Workshop at INSP, Cuernavaca

BITSS and INSP have partnered to develop and deliver a workshop on research transparency that caters to the needs of the research community involved in conducting high-quality research in Mexico. The workshop is a small yet significant step to i) generate awareness among users and contributors of the health science research and ii) provide a platform to share tools and resources to assist in improving transparency in research within the community of practitioners and academics.

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Apr 20, 2017

Research Transparency Workshop — Catalyst Workshop, Universite Protestante du Congo

Catalyst: Zacharie Tsala Dimbuene

Research Transparency is gaining attention in the scientific community around the world, including the United States, European countries, and Anglophone countries in sub-Saharan Africa; yet the concept is quite a “new world” in Francophone Africa. In my efforts to advance the movement in Francophone Africa, I successfully delivered the first Research Transparency Workshop at the University of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo). This workshop is intended to sustain previous efforts to set up “Research Transparency in Social Sciences” as a culture in the next generation of social scientists in Francophone Africa

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Apr 14, 2017  –  Apr 15, 2017

Research Transparency Workshop — Catalyst Workshop, University of Kinshasa

Catalyst: Zacharie Tsala Dimbuene

Research Transparency is gaining attention in the scientific community around the world, including the United States, European countries, and Anglophone countries in sub-Saharan Africa; yet the concept is quite a “new world” in Francophone Africa. In my efforts to advance the movement in Francophone Africa, I successfully delivered the first Research Transparency Workshop at the University of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo). This workshop is intended to sustain previous efforts to set up “Research Transparency in Social Sciences” as a culture in the next generation of social scientists in Francophone Africa

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Apr 4, 2017  |  Berkeley, CA

Meet and Greet with Phillip Cohen

Most social scientists want our research to be relevant, to reflect as well as interact with the social actors for whom it is relevant; we want it to be efficient, to maximize collaboration and exchange, and to make the most of our limited resources; and we want it to be accessible, to be read and debated by a wide audience beyond our disciplinary boundaries and university walls. These challenges seem more acute now than at any time in recent memory. And yet our scholarly communication system, especially journal publishing, remains mired in the structures of the past – moving too slowly and costing too much – which impedes the quality, quantity, efficiency, and responsiveness of our research. Open scholarship is a broad response to these deficiencies. In this presentation, Philip Cohen will make a case for open scholarship — and the use of preprints and working papers in particular — through the SocArXiv project, a new open-source, open-access, non-profit archive for social science research, modeled after arXiv in math and physics.

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Feb 1, 2017

Research Transparency Workshop at the World Bank

This one-day workshop at the World Bank on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 aimed to improve understanding of challenges to the transparency and reproducibility of social science research, and to teach the latest techniques for developing a reproducible workflow, focusing on version control and the GitHub platform.
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Jan 6, 2017  –  Jan 8, 2017  |  Chicago, IL

Meta-Analysis and Reproducibility Paper Session at the 2017 AEA / ASSA Annual Meeting

Join BITSS Faculty Director Ted Miguel and several SSMART grant recipients at a paper session at the 2017 American Economic Association/Allied Social Science Association Annual Meeting in January!

 

The session, titled “Meta-Analysis and Reproducibility in Social Science Research,” will feature research and discussion from BITSS affiliates Eva Vivalt, Sean Tanner, Rachael MeagerRachel Glennerster, Solomon Hsiang, and John Ioannidis.

 

The session will take place on day three of the meeting, January 8, 2017.