Code Ocean, the developer of a novel computational research laboratory in the cloud, has announced the Open Science Library (OSL), a free research site for publishing and replicating computational research from some of the world’s leading journals and by independent researchers. The OSL contains more than 3,000 published computational experiments that can be launched on Amazon Web Services (AWS), duplicated for further research, or fully exported to run on a local computing environment. In addition, the OSL has a collaborative space for teams to work together with more than 40,000 projects to date.
The Open Science Library is available to any scientific developer and authors publishing through journals such as Nature, IEEE, Elsevier, and others. Computational code is available from a wide spectrum of research areas including bioinformatics; biology; chemistry; computer science; earth science; economics; engineering; finance; mathematics; medical sciences; physics; and social sciences.
Far from a fledgling concept, the OSL is a growing platform with hundreds of users-per-day, recently surpassing a total of 3,000 published Compute Capsules®. Code Ocean’s Compute Capsule is a new container technology for science that encapsulates a reproducible, archival, and executable version of a computational experiment. The Capsule combines the essential triplet of any computational research work: code, data, and computing environment. The Compute Capsule is built on FAIR principles, allowing easy migration of code and data across platforms.
Most science is not easily accessible because it typically requires obtaining the necessary source code, matching required packages, and building the application. For most scientists, the OSL makes building new science more practical since the Code Ocean platform provides the computational code in a ready-to-run, off-the-shelf format. Code Ocean grants up to 10 hours of free AWS time to researchers for the development, testing, and reproducible runs of released Capsules. Scientists who are publishing in Nature, IEEE, and AACR journals will have no computing hour limit.
OSL is comprised of two components – the ability to publish executable versions of experiments, allowing others to come back near-term or even years later to seamlessly run the same experiments in the cloud. Open Science Workbench enables researchers to design experiments, post the code, and publish to the world, all maintained by Code Ocean. Most importantly, this is not an archive, rather one can ‘check out’ content as with a traditional library.Click here to read the original press release.