12-13 May 2022
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
Europe/Berlin timezone

Automating Reproducibility - Challenges and what it takes to meet them

12 May 2022, 18:10
Lecture Hall (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology)

Lecture Hall

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

August Thienemann Strasse 2 24306 Plön Germany
onsite Session 3


Aaron Peikert (MPIB Berlin) Andreas Brandmaier (MPIB Berlin) Maximilian Ernst (MPIB-Berlin)


Computational reproducibility is a building block for transparent and cumulative science. It enables the
originator and other researchers, on other computers and later in time, to reproduce and thus understand
how results came about while avoiding various errors that may lead to erroneous reporting of statistical
and computational results. But what does it take to make something reproducible? Until recently, detailed
descriptions of methods and analyses were the primary instrument for ensuring scientific reproducibility.
Such manual description fails to ensure reproduction due to four different reasons that get more likely the
more central computational methods are for research. To meet these challenges, we propose that researchers
take advantage of four technological advancements—version control, dynamic document generation, workflow
automation, and containerization. Our workflow enables scientists to achieve a more comprehensive standard
that allows anyone to access a digital research repository and reproduce all computational steps from raw
data to final report with a single command.

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