Reproducible Research Techniques for Synthesis
A five-day immersion into widely adopted R-based tools for open science
The research landscape is changing. Are you changing with it?
Researchers are increasingly engaging in collaboration across networks; open science includes not just open publication but also open data, software, and workflows; and technology is evolving in support of this new paradigm.
Taught as an in-person or remote event, this five-day immersive workshop is designed to help researchers stay abreast of current best practices and initiatives and get started on acquiring good data science skills to maximize their productivity, share their data with the scientific community effectively and efficiently, and benefit from the re-use of their data by others.
This course is taught in partnership with DataONE.
Curriculum at a Glance
- Metadata - what is it and how to write a quality data description
- Data modeling - tidy data for efficient access and storage
- Data publishing, citation, and credit
- Data munging with R tidyverse
- Working collaboratively - git and GitHub
- Writing functions in R
- Building packages for publishing reproducible research
- Literate analysis with RMarkdown
- Publishing analytical web pages with GitHub pages
- Data visualization with ggplot and leaflet
Who Should Attend
This opportunity is for researchers from across career stages and sectors who want to gain fundamental data science skills that will improve their reproducible research techniques, particularly for the purposes of synthesis science. This workshop focuses on using R as the primary programming language. Participants should be familiar with basics of programming in R. If you are unsure of your ability or do not know R and want to learn, please email email@example.com for more information and pre-course preparation recommendations.
Funding Opportunities (the Director’s Scholarship)
NCEAS is committed to advancing diversity and equity among workshop participants. We recognize the financial barrier that registration and travel costs present and are excited to offer funding opportunities for each of our 2022 short courses in Reproducible Research Techniques for Synthesis. Interested participants may choose to apply for any of the open opportunities detailed below.
We are able to award up to two tuition waivers ($2,100 each) for our virtual workshop (April 2022) and one tuition waiver plus reimbursement for travel, lodging, and per diem for each in-person workshops (July & September 2022). At this time, we are only able to fund in-person workshops for participants from North America. We encourage interested participants from other regions to apply for funding to attend our virtual workshop. To apply, please visit the application here.
* in-person trainings are contingent upon current COVID protocols established by UC Santa Barbara and NCEAS
Register for an Upcoming Course
Space is limited, and applications are accepted on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis. If the minimum number of registrants is not met by the cutoff date, the session may be canceled. In this case, participants can choose to attend a future session or receive a refund. Participants may continue to register for the workshop after the cutoff date if the course minimum has been met.
When in person, this workshop takes place at NCEAS: 1021 Anacapa, Santa Barbara, CA
Remote course delivery occurs via zoom.
*Includes: 5 days of hands-on instruction. Does not include: travel, lodging costs, breakfast or dinner.
Meet Our Instructors
With their diverse backgrounds and extensive hands-on experience doing synthesis science, our trainers bring years of experience in environmental data science, data management, collaboration, and open science to our workshops. Each workshop has 2-3 trainers in the room at all times; while one trainer teaches, others help debug errors and answer questions during hands-on exercises, ensuring no participant is left behind.Instructor Bios
Cancellations made before the deadline will receive a refund subject to a 10% fee. Cancellations made after this date are not eligible for a refund. If a session needs to be cancelled by the organizers due to insufficient number of participants, all registrants will be notified on the day after the cancellation deadline. In this instance, a full refund will be issued, or registrants will be provided with a credit that can be applied to another session date within 12 months.
Cancellation for in person courses is required 1 month in advance. Exact dates for cancellation are provided in the registration process.
In-person Event Logistics
NCEAS secures a reduced rate for local hotels. Check back closer to the registration deadline for housing options. Participants may also find affordable housing options on AirBnB.
NCEAS is located in downtown Santa Barbara, 15 minutes driving from the Santa Barbara regional airport. Most visitors to NCEAS choose to stay within walking distance to NCEAS, and utilize ride-sharing apps (Lyft/Uber) for transport to and from the airport. Santa Barbara also has a bus system, in addition to an Amtrak stop.