9.401 | Fall 2022 | Graduate

Tools for Robust Science

Week 3 Tool: FAIR Protocols; Methodology Reporting Standards

The Tool

Practical skills assignment

  1. Find a paper in your field that describes an experiment. Use the ARRIVE and CONSORT checklists (PDF) to evaluate how well they communicate their methods and design decisions. What is missing? Note any trouble you have applying these checklists to research in your area.
  2. Find the website or tool that is used for sharing detailed/executable protocols in your discipline (see examples below). Ideally, find an existing template similar to an experiment you have done or are planning to do. Spend 30 minutes beginning to create an experimental protocol in this tool. In response paper answer: How far did you get? What was difficult about the task?

In your response paper, describe what you accomplished in these tasks and any snags you hit.

Then, critically evaluate these tools: will they address the obstacles to repeatability in your area of science? What else is needed? 

Course Info

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Fall 2022
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments