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October 17, 2013
The Reproducibility Initiative is Open
Looks like the Reproducibility Initiative might be getting off the ground. This press release from the Center for Open Science says that they have a $1.3 million grant to start validating high-profile results in the oncology research literature. This will be done through the Science Exchange site, with results freely available to all comers.
I'm happy to see something like this coming together, but I don't know how far that money's going to go. The press release talks about 50 key papers that they'd like to reproduce, and I don't see how 1.3 million dollars will be enough to get through that list. (Is there a list of the papers anywhere? I can't find it). Some of the key tests will be relatively quick and cheap, but not all of them. But I agree with the COS that one of the important things here is to get this idea out into the real world, to get people used to it, and to establish it as useful. If they pick their targets carefully, the money should allow that to happen.
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