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A proof of concept for a research compendia webapp.

Introduction and Goals

This is a project to allow scientists to create research compendium [1] comprising all relevant narrative, code, and data to make their research truly reproducible. Our goal is allow and teach researchers to document the computational portions of their research methods as thoroughly as they would document a tabletop experiment. We want our tools to fulfill these goals:

The application has the following goals.

  • We will make it possible to archive all of the data, codes, documentation, parameters, and environmental settings linked with published research in a versioned form.
  • We will support the verification and validation processes by providing for the execution of shared code and the visualization of results.
  • We want to help and encourage researchers to manage their research in a way that makes it mixable and executable.
  • Most of all we wish to make these tools heavily automated, and easy to access and utilize to lessen the exertion required from already overburdened academic researchers in the process of publishing fully reproducible work.

Imagine if all the materials in a research project could be continuously packaged and deployed with no snags preventing use and refinement by anyone. We could help make research accessible to everyone.

Project Structure

This is a django project with the following structure.

  • home: this handles the landing page, faq, and similar concerns that don't call for separate apps.
  • users: this handles users and profiles by using django-allauth and cookiecutter-django's user template
  • compendia: this handles the archiving and representation of a compendium.
  • lib: this holds code that does not call for an app
  • api: this handles our service apis.


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[1]Gentleman, Robert, and Duncan Temple Lang. 2007. “Statistical Analyses and Reproducible Research.” Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics 16 (1): 1–23. doi:10.1198/106186007X178663.