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
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
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!
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
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
AUG 23th 2017 Today I had a chat with Peter Bos, coordinator of the Social Neuroscience Minor at Utrecht University. Part of the minor is a lecture series on methods in social neuroscience (8 lectures, each covering one method, e.g. EEG, fMRI, endocrinology, etc.). In the next academic year, Peter is going to put more … Continue reading Social Neuroscience Minor – More room for ‘good practice’
AUG 22th 2017 The way I see it, academic research should be: Solid: reproducible, reliable, real Open: transparant and accessible Facilitated: no-one can do everything by themselves Teamplay: more collaboration, more power, more fun To be continued...
AUG 22th 2017 Can academic research benefit from SCUM principles? I found this paper by Michael Hicks and Jefrey Foster, who are piloting this in their research teams. Would this be useful for our research group? I better first learn what this whole agile/scrum business is actually all about... to be continued...
AUG 3rd 2017 Would it be possible to have self-organising research teams in academia? This was the topic of a chat that I had today with two colleagues of mine (Reine van der Wal & Anouk van der Weiden). Would they inspire more collaboration? Is it possible to embed such a system within the current … Continue reading Self-organising research teams?