QCIF at Brisbane’s Re:produce workshop

Two QCIF staff were actively involved in the Australian Academy of Science’s ‘Re:produce workshop’ about reproducible science, held in Brisbane across 10­–11 December.

Dr Francis Gacenga, QCIF’s University of Southern Queensland-based eResearch Analyst, was on the event’s organising committee, as well as part of an introductory workshop on open data, materials and code on Wednesday, 11 December.
The workshop taught researchers how to organise, document and openly share research data and codes using a variety of digital tools.
While Dr Gacenga opened the workshop, Associate Professor Emerson M. Del Ponte from Brazil’s Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV) delivered the main presentation about his experiences using research compendia and pre-prints for making data, materials and code open and available. 
A panel discussion followed, involving Dr Gacenga, Associate Professor Del Ponte, Associate Professor Adam Sparks of USQ, and Belinda Weaver of Griffith.
The workshop’s code and materials are available on AAS’ website.
Meanwhile, Amanda Miotto, QCIF’s Griffith University-based eResearch Analyst, delivered a workshop about reproducible analyses on Tuesday, 10 December.
The session focused on common scenarios, such as losing a key lab member, misplacing a hard drive, or having your study reproduced or challenged by an external group. These scenarios were complemented with methods (reproducible ‘things’) that researchers can use to be prepared for these scenarios.
Materials from the workshop are available on GitHub.
AAS, through the Theo Murphy Initiative, invited early- and mid-career researchers and PhD students from a range of disciplines to join the Re:produce workshop at Brisbane’s Customs House.
Re:produce featured two days of talks and hands-on training in key areas of the reproducibility of science.
This was an opportunity for researchers to openly discuss the challenges related to the reproducibility of their research and find effective solutions to make their research more open and verifiable.
AAS noted in the workshop’s introduction that lack of reproducibility of scientific claims has been a recurrent topic in many branches of science and the source of public debate in recent years.
Many solutions have been proposed to address specific problems but navigating them and finding effective tools and methods to implement can be a daunting task for researchers and their institutions.

Dr Francis Gacenga at the Re:produce workshop. (Photo by Laura Navarro, AAS.)