Dec 12, 2019  |  Berkeley, CA

Workshop: Unlocking the File Drawer

BITSS and the Stanford Immigration Policy Lab (IPL) hosted a one-day ideation workshop titled “Unlocking the File Drawer” at UC Berkeley on December 12. The workshop convened an interdisciplinary group of researchers, funders, journal editors, design specialists, and research administrators to explore integrating approaches to improving the tracking of funded research outputs, with special consideration for projects that yield null results.

The program included discussions of how various mechanisms and stakeholders can facilitate more open sharing of research outputs, including registries and pre-analysis plans, legal infrastructure and institutional compliance, conventional publication channels, and other aspects of the broader scholarly communication ecosystem. Speakers included Micah Altman (MIT Libraries), Merith Basey (Universities Allied for Essential Medicine), Mario Biagioli (UCLA), Philip Cohen (University of Maryland), Sean Grant (Indiana University), Andrew Foster (Brown University), Fernando Hoces de la Guardia (BITSS), David Laitin (Stanford University, IPL), Ted Miguel (UC Berkeley, BITSS, CEGA), Cecilia Mo (UC Berkeley), Scott Patton (Stanford University), James Turitto (J-PAL), Simine Vazire (UC Davis), Jeremy Weinstein (Stanford University, IPL), and Scott Williamson (Stanford University, IPL).

This event was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Watch a video recording of the event at this link. Find the start times of each session below:

  • 0:00:00 — Opening Remarks — David Laitin (IPL), Katie Hoeberling (BITSS/CEGA)
  • 0:17:15 — IPL’s Proposal — Jeremy Weinstein and Scott Williamson (IPL)
  • 0:49:00 — Panel 1: Registries and Pre-Analysis Plans — James Turitto (AEA RCT Registry, Abdul Lateef Jameel Poverty Action Lab), Nici Pfeiffer (Center for Open Science), Cecilia Mo (UC Berkeley), and Merith Basey (Universities Allied for Essential Medicines)
  • 1:52:30 — Panel 2: Legal Infrastructure, Enabling Institutional Compliance — Sean Grant (Indiana University), Mario Biagioli (UCLA), Scott Patton (Stanford University), and Tracy Teal (The Carpentries)
  • 2:43:00 — Panel 3: Formal Publication Channels — Andrew Foster (Journal of Development Economics), Simine Vazire (Social Psychological and Personality Science), Lars Vilhuber (American Economic Association), and Jonah Busch (Earth Innovation Institute)
  • 3:46:06 — Panel 4: The Broader Scholarly Communication Ecosystem — Micah Altman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries), Daniella Lowenberg (California Digital Library), Elizabeth Marincola (African Academy of Sciences), and Philip Cohen (SocArXiv)


Go here for the 2019 BITSS Annual Meeting on Dec. 13.