RDAP 2019 Summit Partner Level Sponsor Code Ocean

Thank you to our partner level sponsor, Code Ocean, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know Code Ocean with a Q&A.

Describe your organization’s role in Research Data Management.

Code Ocean started off and continues to be an open access computational reproducibility platform ideal for authors at the point of publication who have code and data to include alongside their finished research. This has appealed to many research data management groups who support researchers with DMPs, help educate researchers about best practices for curating code and data, and strive to increase awareness of reproducibility inclusive of the tools and resources that exist to help them. Code Ocean brings together leading tools, languages, and environments to give researchers an end-to-end workflow geared towards reproducibility so researchers can focus on the research and allow Code Ocean to handle the technology. This is proving to be a valuable benefit and resource for many RDM personnel.

Who are you and what do you do?

Code Ocean has expanded to power researchers’ work not just at the point of publication but throughout the lifecycle of their projects. Our recent updates have enabled us to become a research collaboration platform. We support researchers in their code and data development and management from the moment they start a project. We enable collaboration with others, handle version control, employ virtual, integrated versions of researchers favorite tools like Jupyter and R Studio, and supply reproducible code and data packages attached to the article at the point of publication. In addition, libraries, research departments, and IT teams who have different needs around code and data curation, preservation, allocating computing resources, or concerns about maintaining IP within the institution can all be addressed with our current functionality.

Have you ever attended an RDAP Summit before?

Yes. People from Code Ocean attended last year and it’s by far one of our favorite conferences because of the great discussions and sessions that you generally don’t find at other conferences. We also appreciate the inclusive nature of this event for attendees and sponsors. It’s a very well done and thoughtful experience.

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Summit?

This is a difficult one to give a single answer for. Obviously, the sessions are great. This year we are looking forward to seeing old colleagues and friends and making new ones. We have some exciting new things on the platform including git integration for version control, as well as reporting and analysis features that provide insights for managers and administrators. We’re excited to share these with attendees and hear their feedback on our latest updates.

What data-thing or project has you the most excited right now?

Renku seems to be a very exciting project. It’s an open source tool designed to do reproducible data science. It addresses several important issues in reproducibility, and what’s unique about it is that it represents data lineage as a knowledge graph. We can’t wait to see more updates on this project. Our Outreach Science team is looking forward to our co-presentation with the Renku team at SciPy in July 2019.

What else should the RDAP community should know about you and Code Ocean?

The history of Code Ocean plays a huge role in who we are as a company and what drives our product and our work. Our CEO, Simon Adar, spent part of his Ph.D. exploiting airborne and spaceborne multispectral and hyperspectral images for the purpose of environmental monitoring. This meant building on previously published works, but as Simon and his colleagues got deeper into the project, they faced multiple roadblocks, particularly in trying to get other researchers’ code up and running. It took six years for Simon to complete his Ph.D and one full year of that time was spent struggling with previous researchers’ code. He wanted to find a better way to find, reproduce, and execute code and data to help others avoid the problems that plagued his work; that was why Code Ocean was founded. At our core, we want to reduce friction around code and data that is so integral to researchers’ work, contribute to open access research, and help researchers’ implement reproducibility best practices throughout their project.

Why is sponsoring RDAP important to you?

We see the positive impact we can have on this community and want to support and assist in every way possible.

For more about Code Ocean

Visit the Code Ocean table at the RDAP Summit or go to https://codeocean.com/ to learn more.

RDAP 2019 Summit Partner Level Sponsor figshare


Thank you to our partner level sponsor, Figshare, for making the 2019 RDAP Summit possible. Get to know Figshare with a Q&A from Megan Hardeman and Natasha Punia.

Describe your organization’s role in Research Data Management

Figshare is cloud-based infrastructure for citing, sharing, and discovering research outputs. We work with universities, publishers, government organizations, funders, labs, and individuals to host research data and non-traditional research outputs.

Who are you and what do you do?

Megan Hardeman, Head of Engagement: I work with our customers to engage and advocate data sharing with their researchers.

Natasha Punia, Operations Manager: Identify, develop and implement processes and solutions to improve our customer’s experience.

Have you ever attended an RDAP Summit before?

This is the first time for both of us – we’re really excited!

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Summit?

Hearing from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences in the research data space and sharing these learnings with the community of organizations using Figshare.

What data-thing or project has you the most excited right now?

Megan: I’m really excited about the possibilities of visualizing data to make it even more interactive and engaging for audiences. I’m particularly interested to see how the reusable aspect of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) can help facilitate the creation of these visualizations by ensuring data is as open as possible and the metadata is thoroughly documented. We did some work on this last year that is available here: https://figshare.com/blog/Building_visualizations_from_FAIR_data_on_Figshare/449

Natasha:  How we will tackle the challenge of assuring data trustworthiness, where there is no obvious solution and this is especially challenging for generalist data repositories and institutions. We can draw upon lessons from traditional outputs, such as the peer review process of journal articles, but this is also a chance to build something new as a community. There are few solutions already in existence, on a small-scale, and I’m excited to see how these will evolve and how we (as a generalist data repository) can work with them.

What else should the RDAP community know about you and Figshare?

Around this year’s theme of community, Figshare has a strong community of research data managers, librarians, IT professionals, and researchers that help steer product development, share their experiences of research data management with us and other organizations using Figshare, and share their stories of open data and open research:

  • We have a Slack community of over 250 members chatting about our API, researcher engagement techniques, product development, and more
  • The Figshare Ambassador Programme has over 80 members from 33 countries, all from a variety of backgrounds but with a passion for open research
  • There are over 30 case studies on researchers’ experiences with research data management and open data
  • School of Batman is a Figshare-powered podcast where we ask researchers to help Batman fight crime using their research

These are just some of the ways we’re involved in the research data community – we’ll share more during our lightning talk!

Why is sponsoring RDAP important to you?

This is our fourth year in a row of sponsoring RDAP and we’re honored to continue to help support a platform for research data managers and librarians to exchange ideas and knowledge. Sponsoring RDAP also gives us an opportunity to speak with members of the community and further our own knowledge of the challenges and opportunities faced by research data managers, librarians, and researchers.

For more about Figshare

Visit the Figshare table at the RDAP Summit or go to https://figshare.com/ to learn more.