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In Defense of Extreme Openness

In Defense of Extreme Openness

Lightning Talk at Python in Astronomy 2016

Jake VanderPlas

March 22, 2016
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  1. In Defense of Extreme
    Openness
    Jake VanderPlas
    Python In Astronomy 2016

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  2. I think we all see the benefit
    of coding in the open . . .
    Eases Collaboration — Eases Sharing
    Heightens Visibility — Encourages Reproducibility
    Encourages Extensibility — Encourages Integrity
    etc. — etc.

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  3. . . . why not do all research
    in the open?
    Eases Collaboration — Eases Sharing
    Heightens Visibility — Encourages Reproducibility
    Encourages Extensibility — Encourages Integrity
    etc. — etc.

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  4. A case study from
    yours truly . . .

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  5. https://github.com/jakevdp/multiband_LS/
    We wrote this paper on GitHub from day 1

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  6. gh-publisher
    Each new commit triggers a Travis CI
    process which builds the current
    paper PDF and pushes it to this
    website. . .
    https://github.com/ewanmellor/gh-publisher/

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  7. Jeff Scargle!!!
    — as in “Lomb-Scargle
    Periodogram”!!!!!!!

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  8. “But I might get scooped!”

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  9. . . . putting work on Github
    is publication!

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  10. . . . putting work on Github
    is publication!
    “Scooping” → “Plagiarism”

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  11. “But Jake. . . would you do
    this if there were any real
    competition?”

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  12. Three very similar papers all published
    within a few months last summer . . .

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  13. So. . .
    how did it turn out?

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  14. (* not that I’m keeping track . . .)

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  15. Be Open.
    Thank You.

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