Introduction to Open Science Teaching Activity - course module

Welcome to the first lesson in the Introduction to Open Science Teaching Activity module. A hands-on activity where students review a project for readability, organization, etc and identify key elements that would make it more usable and readily reproducible.

Lesson 1. Introduction to Open Science Teaching Activity


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the four facets of reproducibility.
    1. Organization
    2. Documentation
    3. Automation
    4. Dissemination
  • Be able to apply the four facets of reproducibility to improve and create more efficient and productive scientific workflows

Estimated Time: 1-2 hours

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Intro to Reproducibility: Review First

Please review the material below to prepare for class.

Introduction to Reproducible Science Slide Show

File Naming 101

Special Thanks: This presentation was adapted from the reproducible science curriculum. Special thanks go out to: Francois Michonneau, Hilmar Lapp, Karen Cranston, Jenny Bryan, and others who contributed to creating this presentation.

The Scenario

You are in a lab and a colleague has moved on to a new job and left you their research which you are tasked by your supervisor with picking up and moving forward. Have a look at the files that were left for you to work with and answer the following questions:

  1. Are the contents of the directory easy to understand?
  2. Do you feel confident that you can easily recreate the workflow associated with the data / code?
  3. Do you have access to the data? What data are available and where / how were they collected?

Next, work with your group to document ways in which you could improve upon the reproducibility of this project.

  1. Create a list of things that would make the working directory easier to work with.
  2. Break that list into general “areas” / categories of reproducibility.