Good science is reproducible. This means that it must be publicly available, its contributions transparently communicated, and its data accessible. These are principles that drive the everyday work of every individual’s research at the LIINES. We now wish to go further and make a commitment to Open-Information.
Beginning today, the LIINES will seek to leverage its website to make all of its research 100% reproducible by the public at large. This includes:
- Sharing all input datasets used to conduct the research for which no prior proprietary or security commitments have been made.
- Producing scientific publications in such a way that scientific peers can accurately verify & validate the work.
- Making the content of all conference, journal and book-chapter publications freely available in author preprint form. (Note: Most publishers allow self-archiving and open-distribution of author preprints).
We believe that the LIINES’ research has broad applicability to academia, industry, government and the public at large. However, traditional publication venues are often only subscribed by academic universities and a handful of well-funded industrial companies. All-too-often the people that can benefit from this work, never get a chance to see it. This slows down the work’s potential impact and is counter to the LIINES mission. It is for these reasons, that the LIINES makes its Open-Information commitment.
While it is natural that making all of this information available will take some time, we will be sure to keep blogging to keep you up to date of new additions to the LIINES website. For now, feel free to visit the LIINES Datasets Repository which includes both data from our publications as well as a collation of several relevant and openly available datasets.
LIINES Website: http://engineering.dartmouth.edu/liines
The public at large are the true stakeholder of research. I commend you for taking this very bold move and I hope many many more would follow suit.
I certainly would be happy to see a universal movement towards open information including at the University of Derby, UK. Our commitment very much comes in parallel with several other positive trends including NSF’s requirements for making research results available to the public, and the rise of open-access publishing. Ultimately, researchers are responsible for sharing their findings and communicating its importance.