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[ecrea] MZES Open Social Science Conference 2019

Wed Nov 14 21:08:56 GMT 2018

The MZES Open Social Science Conference 2019 (OSSC19) is a transdisciplinary forum for practicing and discussing credibility, transparency, and replicability issues in all social sciences – emphatically including media and communication studies! This conference will bring together junior and senior social scientists to make a push for doing, debating, and advancing more openness in the social sciences. We would like to see many media and communications scholars join us!

The conference program is now available online. Note that participation in the conference and the following Research Transparency and Reproducibility Workshop, offered in collaboration with the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences, will be entirely free (no registration fees). Participation by media and communication scholars encouraged!

OSSC19: Practicing New Standards in Transparency and Reproducibility

About a decade ago, John Ioannidis claimed that “most published research findings are false”. While seeming outrageous at the time, a growing body of meta-scientific research in the behavioral and social sciences has since substantiated this claim, causing uncertainty about the trustworthiness of published scientific findings. We believe that threats to the validity of published findings in the social sciences are widespread and systemic. Therefore, this conference promotes introspection about the current state of social science research and exchange on the opportunities for institutional and methodological improvement in the future. It is interdisciplinary in nature. Scholars working in any branch and within any methodology of the social sciences are invited to attend. The conference is supported by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) and will take place from 25-27 January 2019 at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) in Mannheim, Germany.

Keynote speakers:
Jeremy Freese (Stanford University)
Thomas König (Editor, American Political Science Review, University of Mannheim) Arthur Lupia (Open Science Framework, NSF, University of Michigan) Julia Rohrer (100% CI blog, University of Leipzig)

When & Where: 25-27 January 2019 in Mannheim, Germany.

As part of the MZES Open Social Science Conference 2019, the MZES and BITSS will hold a BITSS Research Transparency and Reproducibility Workshop in Mannheim, Germany on 27 January 2019 (Venue: to be confirmed).

The full-day workshop will provide participants with an overview of some of the most important and effective tools and best practices for transparent and reproducible social science research. The curriculum has been developed and will be delivered by academic leaders in the open science movement, with a focus on hands-on skills building. Topics covered in the workshop include: Pre-registration and pre-analysis plans, dynamic documents for research publication, reproducible workflows including data-coding strategies and version control as well as data management and de-identification for open data. Participants are encouraged to bring their own ideas for applications based on their own interests to seek support and feedback from instructors and other attendees.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) works to strengthen the integrity of social science research and evidence used for policy-making. The initiative aims to enhance the practices of economists, psychologists, political scientists, and other social scientists in ways that promote research transparency, reproducibility, and openness.

Who will be the instructors?

Roxanne Connelly (University of York), Shalini Kurapati (TU Delft), Eike Mark Rinke (University of Mannheim), and Alexander Wuttke (University of Mannheim).

Who is eligible to participate?

The workshop is designed for researchers across the social sciences spectrum, with particular emphasis on communication, political science, and sociology. We expect participants to be: (i) current Masters and PhD students, (ii) postdocs, (iii) junior faculty, (iv) research staff, (v) librarians and data stewards, or (vi) journal editors, research funders, and research managers in the social sciences curious about the implications of transparency and reproducibility for their work.

The workshop is targeted to participants who primarily use quantitative or mixed methods. Applicants should have proficiency in at least one statistical analysis software package. Proficiency with Stata or R is desirable, but not required.

How much does it cost to participate?

There is no tuition or attendance fee and participation is free for guests and participants of the MZES Open Social Science Conference 2019. Snacks will be provided during the day.

How can I register as a participant?

You can register as a guest of the MZES Open Social Science Conference 2019 here. On the registration form, make sure to indicate registration for the workshop through the corresponding dropdown menu. The application includes questions regarding your motivation to participate in the MZES Open Social Science Conference. Admission to the workshop will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a waiting list and registered participants will be asked to confirm their participation in early December, after which participant spots will be made available again for registrants on the waiting list.

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