In keeping this open lab notebook, I have sought to address three goals (in addition to all the traditional reasons for keeping a lab notebook)
- Provide an educational resource
- Experiment with scientific infrastructure and tools for sharing and replicating research
- Facilitate the rapid and open dissemination of scientific research
which are coincidentally evocative of NSF’s Broader Impacts areas. In this series of posts I plan to explore and illustrate some of my experiments to address these goals through various web-based tools available for an open notebook platform. Many of these have been documented in the notebook itself as I experiment with them (see #notebook-technology). Not all of those experiments pan out and older tools and techniques are often replaced with newer ones as I explore, and these posts are usually more technical notes written to help me think through and remember what I’m trying out. In order to provide a more accessible snapshot of notebook features, I thought it might be helpful to write a series of posts describing these tools and techniques.
Below is an index of posts in this theme that I will continue to update as I have a chance to finish them. If there’s anything about the notebook that you’d like to hear more about, feel free to suggest it in the comments.
- Reproducible code: embedding code and dynamic documents
- Parsing linked data in the semantic notebook
- Hashes: An immutable and verifiable record of research
- Digital archiving. See also a separate entry on advantages and challenges in archiving with figshare, and some comments about DOIs