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Tools for reproducible research

  • Monday June, 19th 2017, 19:00
  • Berlin, Beer Academy (Map)
  • Organizers: Toby Hodges, Malvika Sharan, Holger Dinkel, David Garfield

Please sign up here:

This Unseminar will be part of a software carpentry course hosted by David Garfield at the IRI Life Sciences (See course outline / information at the course website/repo).

It is meant as a social event associated with the course, however participation is not limited to course trainers and trainees but also for any locals interested in meeting this group.

Intro (10 min)

Brief introduction into the unseminar concept, show some pictures, posters, video...

Report on SWC course (explain to non-SWC participants)...

Ice-breaker: "Chinese Scribbles" (15 min)

Aim of the exercise is to experience the importance of reproducibility in a fun and entertaining way, ideally allowing the participants to learn things about each other i.e. get to know each other a bit better.

Flash Presentations/Demos ? (20 min)

Anybody interested in giving a short intro/demo/flashtalk ?

Main Activity: "Tools for reproducible research"

In our everyday work and personal life, we use programs, tools, apps, techniques etc. which help us make our lives easier or just getting the job done faster, better, easier.

In this activity, we'd like to exchange experiences and ideas around tools, that foster reproducible research. For this, we’ll use an Open Space Technology (OST) approach to forming smaller groups to discuss and compare our experiences of tools we know and use. Depending on the number of participants, we'll either have just one group or multiple groups extending the type of tools from pure reproducibility enhancers to other domains (depending on suggestions by participants on site; could be "generic bioinformatics tools", "tools to help organizing scientific literature", ...) OST is set up to make it easy for you to move from group to group as the discussions and conversations you’re having change, and your interests in them change with it.

While doing that, we’ll try and capture (online or offline on paper) the ideas and tools that people come up with during the session, so that others who are interested in this, but not participating in the session in person, can also see and hear about the tools we’ve discussed! For this, we'll use the following piratepad: [1]

Have fun!

Things needed

  • tables
  • chairs
  • tablecloth or A3 papers to collect ideas on
  • pens & sticky notes
  • ideally wifi connection to update / collaborate on piratepad
  • ideally a projector / screen


  • distribute tasks / session chairs
  • organize location
  • advertise