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CIRSS Seminar: Victoria Stodden on Elements of Scholarly Discourse in a Digital World

CIRSS Seminar: Victoria Stodden on Elements of Scholarly Discourse in a Digital World

Abstract: Digitalization has changed the process of research in ways that have material impact on the nature of the scholarly record. In this talk I will outline mechanisms responsible for this change, and present a case for rethinking how research is disseminated and communicated. First, I present a taxonomy for conceptualizing technological changes based on four distinct types: data collection and storage; computational power; software; and communication.   Each of these types has ramifications for the scholarly record. I will next develop these ramifications by grounding them in the scientific and research norms of reproducibility, reliability, re-use, and re-purposing, in different exemplar research areas. Finally, I will present preliminary work on identifying stakeholder roles and appropriate outcomes in a responsive transformation of the notion of scholarly record for the digital age.

Bio: Victoria Stodden joined the Graduate School of Library and Information Science as an associate professor in Fall 2014. She is a leading figure in the area of reproducibility in computational science, exploring how can we better ensure the reliability and usefulness of scientific results in the face of increasingly sophisticated computational approaches to research. Her work addresses a wide range of topics, including standards of openness for data and code sharing, legal and policy barriers to disseminating reproducible research, robustness in replicated findings, cyberinfrastructure to enable reproducibility, and scientific publishing practices. Stodden co-chairs the NSF Advisory  Committee for CyberInfrastructure and is a member of the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Advisory Committee. She also serves on the National Academies Committee on Responsible Science: Ensuring the Integrity of the Research Process. Previously an assistant professor of statistics at Columbia University, Stodden taught courses in data science, reproducible research, and statistical theory and was affiliated with the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. She co-edited two books released this year, Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement, published by Cambridge University Press and Implementing Reproducible Research, published by Taylor & Francis. Stodden earned both her PhD in statistics and her law degree from Stanford University. She also holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Ottawa.

Friday, April 10, 2015