I have talked last thursday with Christophe Hurlin, a former co-author and colleague from the Université d’Orléans. He is involved in a fantastic project, RunMyCode, aiming at producing companion sites for research papers. The companion site will propose code, data and cloud computing resources, in order to promote reproducibility of research.
Soon, all serious journals will add a reproducibility requirement before publication. Such an initiative is dramatically reducing the cost of such a requirement. This is admirable provision of public good by scholars.
To quote the RunMyCode site:
“RunMyCode is a web service allowing people to run computer codes associated with a scientific publication (articles and working papers) using their own data and parameter values.
The service only requires a web browser as all calculations are done on a dedicated cloud computer. Once they are ready, results are automatically displayed to the user”
“RunMyCode follows three main objectives:
The first objective is to allow researchers to quickly disseminate internationally the results of their research, which will considerably increase the potential of citations of scientific papers.
The second objective is to provide a very large community of users with the ability to use the latest scientific methods in a user-friendly environment. This will speed up the process of converting scientific results into productive forces.
The third objective is to allow members of the academic community (researchers, editors, referees, etc) to replicate scientific results and to demonstrate their robustness. Thus, RunMyCode constitutes a revolutionary scientific validation tool. ”