Thoughts & Activities

Open Science is a means, not a goal

On the 26th of September, I participated in the event “Time for open science skills to count in academic careers!”, organised by the European Open Science Cloud Pilot (EOSCPilot) and the 4TU.Centre for Research Data. The goal was to define open science skills that we thought should be endorsed (more) in academic career advancement. The … Continue reading Open Science is a means, not a goal

Bringing about wide-scale adoption of Open Science through communities

Next year will be my ninth year working in Academia. In this time, I have become convinced of two things: (1) Science is beautiful (2) Science can be done better About the first: science allows us to understand the world we live in and informs our choices for interventions and policy. It allows us to … Continue reading Bringing about wide-scale adoption of Open Science through communities

What I have learned from the ‘Reflections on Replication’ conference

On the 15th and 16th of Februari, I attended - and much enjoyed - the conference 'Reflections on Replication' organised by the Descartes Centre. Apart from meeting many interesting people from other disciplines, I've learned: how historians and philosophers contribute to the debate on replication and open science that irrespective whether you call it a … Continue reading What I have learned from the ‘Reflections on Replication’ conference

Solid Science in the SNS minor – continued…

We're now two weeks into the renewed program for the Social Neuroscience Minor, where we emphasise on solid science. This week, students evaluated literature based on the strength of the evidence. The students were very eager to learn practical tools to judge papers using for example effect size measures. I may seem trivial, but for … Continue reading Solid Science in the SNS minor – continued…

Sharing data using Mendeley Data

DEC 13th 2017 My colleague Yuru Wang recently published a paper on the effects of self-control on the sense of agency and made here data openly accessible using Mendeley Data. Her  experience was that putting the data online was just a matter of a few mouse-clicks and preparing the data for sharing forced her to manage and … Continue reading Sharing data using Mendeley Data

Utrecht University 2020 – Open Science

DEC 13th 2017 Tomorrow there will be a discussion of the (first draft of) the Open Science Plan for Utrecht University. The plan is geared to implement the ambitions states in the Strategic Plan of Utrecht University and is much in line with the Nationaal Plan Open Science. This is a great initiative! Many thanks … Continue reading Utrecht University 2020 – Open Science

Open Science Framework 101 Webinar

DEC 12th 2017 I've just 'attended' the 101 Open Science Framework webinar where Jennifer Freeman Smith from the CoS gave an excellent introduction to the Open Science Framework. I've learned about some new features, for example that you can link your dropbox and github accounts to your OCF projects so everything syncs automatically. Really nice!

Writing transparent papers using R Markdown

DEC 12th 2017 I've recently started writing my papers in R Markdown. R Markdown is a feature of R which allows you to integrate text and code. The end result is a script that, based on your raw data, produces the final version of your manuscript. This includes figures with fancy layouts and -notably- the … Continue reading Writing transparent papers using R Markdown

Solid Science module for research masters

DEC 12th 2017 Prof. Henk Aarts is working on a 'solid science' module for the research master Social, Health & Organizational Psychology. The module will focus on philosophy of science, statistics and good research practice. The initial draft of the module features chapter from the book 'Understanding Psychology as a Science', by Zoltan Dienes. This … Continue reading Solid Science module for research masters