Fostering reproducible science – What data management tools can do and should do for you


Time: 15 June 2017, 10:00 – 12:30
Venue: Haus auf der Mauer, Jena

Reproducing scientific results is highly dependent on the documentation of the processes (e.g. experiments) that lead to these findings, but it is also dependent on the availability and accessibility of materials involved in the process (e.g. samples, data, software). In this workshop we will focus on the management and preparation of research data and scientific workflows to facilitate the reproducibility of scientific results.

We invite researchers from iDiv, Aquadiva, and ReceptorLight to discuss with us their current practice and what challenges they are facing. To have a fruitful discussion we encourage participants to describe their current practices and experiences along the following questions:

  • How do you document your research process?
  • How do you ensure, you (and others) are able to find your data again in 5 years?
  • What do you do to make your data reusable for others?
  • How do you ensure that your research findings are reproducible by others?
  • What tools are you using to address the questions above?
  • What tools would help you to improve the preparation and management of your research data?


Why you should participate?

This is an opportunity to learn and contribute. We will try to balance both aspects. You will learn from other participants and benefit from our experience in research data management. Your contribution will help us to shape the tools you demand. This is your chance to get involved.

We intend to prepare a report summarizing the workshop’s results and the questions, issues and suggestions raised. If you are interested, we can jointly work on publishing the report.

Workshop Agenda:

10:00 – 10:15 Introduction (purpose, objectives, benefits)
10:15 – 11:30 Gathering researcher’s current practices and experiences and discuss common challenges, and available best practices
11:30 – 12:15 What tools can be beneficial for researchers?

What additional features in the tools should be there?

12:15 – 12:30 Wrap-up









The workshop is jointly organized by the data management teams of the iDiv (BDU), AquaDiva and ReceptorLight projects, and the BEXIS 2 development team.

The workshop is part of the BEXIS User and Developer Conference 2017. Both, the conference and the workshop are free of charge. To join the workshop, please register for the conference and select the workshop in the registration form.