by Christopher Erdmann, Shelley Stall, Brooks Hanson, Laura Lyon, Brian Sedora, Matt Giampoala and Mia Ricci
AGU is launching a community-driven effort, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to support computational notebooks as primary research objects in scholarly publications.
As the goal is to have the fastest way to upload your notebook and share it with someone, there is no signup or user accounts necessary. Just upload your notebook, get the link, and share it however you want. Notebook links are permalinks – once uploaded, a notebook can not be changed. You can only upload a new notebook and get a new link.
“Romer believes in making research transparent. He argues that openness and clarity about methodology is important for scientific research to gain trust. As Romer explained in an April 2018 blog post, in an effort to make his own work transparent, he tried to use Mathematica to share one of his studies in a way that anyone could explore every detail of his data and methods. It didn’t work. He says that Mathematica’s owner, Wolfram Research, made it too difficult to share his work in a way that didn’t require other people to use the proprietary software, too. Readers also could not see all of the code he used for his equations.
Instead of using Mathematica, Romer discovered that he could use a Jupyter notebook for sharing his research. Jupyter notebooks are web applications that allow programmers and researchers to share documents that include code, charts, equations, and data. Jupyter notebooks allow for code written in dozens of programming languages. For his research, Romer used Python—the most popular language for data science and statistics.
Importantly, unlike notebooks made from Mathematica, Jupyter notebooks are open source, which means that anyone can look at all of the code that created them. …”