Author: John Borghi

The Significance of Managing Research Data

Some of the most influential research tools of the last century were created to ensure the quality of beer and extrapolate the results of agriculture experiments conducted in the English countryside. Though ostensibly about the placement of a decimal point, an ongoing debate about the application of these tools also provides a window for understanding… Read more »

Managing the new NIH requirements for clinical trials

As part of an effort to enhance transparency in biomedical research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have, over the last few years, announced a series of policy changes related to clinical trials. Though there is still a great deal of uncertainty about which studies do and do not qualify, these changes may have significant… Read more »

What We Talk About When We Talk About Reproducibility

At the very beginning of my career in research I conducted a study which involved asking college students to smile, frown, and then answer a series of questions about their emotional experience. This procedure was based on several classic studies which posited that, while feeling happy and sad makes people smile and frown, smiling and… Read more »

From Brain Blobs to Research Data Management

If you spend some time browsing the science section of a publication like the New York Times you’ll likely run across an image that looks something like the one below: A cross section of a brain covered in colored blobs. These images are often used to visualize the results of studies using a technique called… Read more »

Building a Community: Three months of Library Carpentry.

Back in May, almost 30 librarians, researchers, and faculty members got together in Portland Oregon to learn how to teach lessons from Software, Data, and Library Carpentry. After spending two days learning the ins and outs of Carpentry pedagogy and live coding, we all returned to our home institutions, as part of the burgeoning Library … … Continue reading

Building a Community: Three months of Library Carpentry.

Back in May, almost 30 librarians, researchers, and faculty members got together in Portland Oregon to learn how to teach lessons from Software, Data, and Library Carpentry. After spending two days learning the ins and outs of Carpentry pedagogy and live coding, we all returned to our home institutions, as part of the burgeoning Library… Read more »

Building an RDM Guide for Researchers – An (Overdue) Update

It has been a little while since I last wrote about the work we’re doing to develop a research data management (RDM) guide for researchers. Since then, we’ve thought a lot about the goals of this project and settled on a concrete plan for building out our materials. Because we will soon be proactively seeking… Read more »