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Juneau Fisheries Seminar – M. Jones – “Accelerating synthesis science through reproducible science practices”

February 16 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

UAF College of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences, Fisheries Department Seminar: “Accelerating synthesis science through reproducible science practices” by Matt Jones, UC Santa Barbara

ABSTRACT: Scientific provenance describes the authenticity, origin, and processing history of research products and promotes scientific transparency by detailing the steps in computational workflows that produce scientific results. These results include papers, findings, derived data, software products to perform computations, and data visualizations. The science community values reproducibility, and, at least theoretically, strives to base conclusions on computationally replicable findings. In practice, capturing detailed provenance is laborious and has been a low priority; beyond a lab notebook describing methods and results, few researchers capture and preserve detailed records of scientific provenance. Recent advances in data science, however, provide some straightforward ways to both increase the reproducibility of scientific works while also increasing efficiency and productivity for researchers. We have built tools for capturing and publishing data with full provenance that integrate into analytical environments that are in widespread use by geoscientists (R and Matlab). These tools lower the barrier to provenance generation by automating capture of critical information as researchers prepare data for analysis, develop, test, and execute models, and create visualizations. I’ll show how these tools are being used to increase productivity and transparency for salmon and Arctic synthesis working groups at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and how data citation and reuse is enhanced through this emphasis on reproducible science.

Contact: Gabrielle Hazelton, gdhazelton@alaska.edu

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