Wellcome and Ripeta collaborate to assess dataset availability in funded research projects -

Ripeta and Wellcome have announced a collaborative effort to assess data and code availability in the manuscripts of funded research projects.

The project will analyse papers funded by Wellcome from 2015, before establishing a dedicated Open Research team in 2016, and from the most recent calendar year (2019). It supports Wellcome’s commitment to maximising the availability and re-use of results from its funded research.

Ripeta, a Digital Science portfolio company, aims to make better science easier by identifying and highlighting the important parts of research that should be transparently presented in a manuscript and other materials.

The collaboration will leverage Ripeta’s natural language processing (NLP) technology, which scans articles for reproducibility criteria. For both data availability and code availability, the NLP will produce a binary yes-no response for the presence of availability statements. Those with a ‘yes’ response will then be categorised by the way that data or code are shared.

Wellcome sees the collaboration as a way to enhance the work it already sought to do. The availability of data and code underlying published research findings is a critical element in ensuring the research can be properly scrutinised, replicated and built upon. The collaboration gives Wellcome the information it needs to push forward on its commitment to more robustly report research outcomes.

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