Date(s) - 01/10/2017
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


3910 15th Ave NE
Seattle WA
“The long, dark tail of research data”
Tim Vines, Axios Review
Vancouver BC
Modern science produces vast amounts of data, much of it as small datasets from individual experiments. These datasets are important, both for checking published research and incorporating into new studies. From an institutional viewpoint, they are also ‘dark’, in that it is very hard to know when they are produced and how they are stored. This talk presents several strands of research on dark data: how long it survives, how best it can be obtained from researchers, and how well it stands up when trying to reproduce published results.
Speaker bio: Tim Vines switched from evolutionary biology research to running the journal Molecular Ecology in 2008. Under his tenure the journal was involved in the early development of the Dryad data repository and the testing of approaches to ensure that authors’ data are shared at publication. He has also published numerous studies on reproducibility and the broader availability of research data. In 2013 he founded an independent peer review company (Axios Review), with the goal of eliminating the inefficient submit-reject-resubmit cycle in publishing scientific research.