Ask a Swiss: Highlights from the Moore/Sloan Data Science Environments Summit (MSDSE 2016)

“However, all working groups agreed that reproducibility should be more than just hygiene around the data: It should come as part of the “operating system” of science. It should be a given.

Creating such an environment might be difficult to achieve in the short term, because it will require a cultural shift of how we do science. Open Science is perceived as an integral part to this idea, but this will require some of the leading market forces to enforce these best practices. However, several movements are already being pursued: ACM Journals are now awarding badges for papers whose findings are reproducible, and more and more conferences are beginning to hand out prizes for the most reproducible paper. If more journals and conferences would require to always publish data and code, this could go a long way. In addition, there’s great technology being developed to aid with these goals. For instance, ImpactStory is an online platform that tracks your impact in the open science community by awarding badges for reproducibility, openness, and social media impact. ReproZip is a framework that lets you easily store all your data, methods, and environment (including software dependencies and whatnot) in a Docker container, so you can easily store, share, and load entire experiments, no matter where you are….”