Dr Francis Gacenga

Dr Francis Gacenga, QCIF’s eResearch Analyst at the University of Southern Queensland, has produced a guide to improving reproducibility using QCIF and ARDC resources.

Having reproducible research can enhance the demonstration of quality and increase the impact of one’s research. 

Researchers can use QCIF and Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) IT resources with assistance from QCIF eResearch Analysts to efficiently undertake, capture and organise the methods and results of their research, providing a pathway for efficient and transparent publication of reproducible results. 

The below table is a quick, reproducible research start-up guide that can be used to identify available resources so researchers can publish their results, analysis, methods, data and scripts or code for others to test or reproduce them. 

The guide provides a possible scenario based on available open source tools, QCIF and ARDC resources accessible at no cost to researchers at QCIF member universities.

The list of processes provided is not exhaustive and is meant as illustration of a generic research scenario that can be used by researchers to implement reproducibility.

Reproducibility is not easy but the research benefits, cost savings and value it creates are worth the effort.

Any queries, please contact Dr Francis Gacenga.

RESEARCH PROJECT PHASEKEY PROCESSESQCIF and ARDC – TOOLS on NECTAR SUPPORT TRAINING
Planning and resourcing Access for QCIF member researchers Nectar* virtual machine (VM) QRIScloud data storage QCIF Hacky Hours   Nectar eHelp   QCIF eResearch Analysts                             QCIF-supported Software Carpentry sessions, workshops and  lessons        
Research initialisation Packaging Docker, Singularity, VirtualBox
Process documentation and quality control Version Control Git
Control – file management, editing transfer Automation Linux ShellsMake
Data analysis Data analysis RRStudioPython
Compute Compute QRIScompute
Presentation and Visualisation Presentation and Visualisation RRStudio, LaTeXMake
Publication of reproducible research artefacts Research dissemination QRIScloudRDAZenodoCodeMetaJOSS
Project Data Storage – Archival Preservation QRIScloudRDA

* Nectar: National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources

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This article was first published on 16/05/2019.