Open and Reproducible Research with Semi-Structured Data | Charles Rahal

Open to all members of the University. This event will be online for all attendees. See Friday's departmental newsletter for a link, or e-mail Laura Montgomery.

Speaker: Charles Rahal, Departmental Research Lecturer

Location: Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, 42-43 Park End Street OX1 1JD

OrganiserMichael Biggs, Department of Sociology

This seminar will adopt a slightly different style to other talks in the series, briefly discussing some motivating factors behind the rise of Open and Reproducible Research culture. Based on a combination of personal and broader anecdotes, I will argue for more ubiquitous use of pre-print servers, data archives, code repositories, and 'assumption free' visualizations. With a focus on semi-structured data, we will discuss open and reproducible approaches to scientometrics, civic technology, and inequality research using publicly available data (and, for a large part: open administrative data). We will conclude with a technical discussion of the relationship between reproducibility and uncertainty when dealing with more commonly encountered types of models and data structures.

Charles Rahal