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.