January 15, 2019 – Baltimore, MD. The National Information Standard Organization (NISO) Voting Members have approved a project to develop a recommended practice pertaining to reproducibility in the computational and computing sciences. This work will examine existing taxonomies and badging schemes to define various levels of reproducibility and communicate these in the publishing process. Stakeholders, including publishers and not-for-profit societies in the engineering and computing sciences fields, industry associations, and academic libraries are invited to participate in the working group that is now starting up.
"Publishers and researchers are placing greater emphasis on the practice of reproducibility as an essential ingredient of the scientific research process," explains Gerry Grenier, Senior Director, Content Management at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Inc. and a co-sponsor of the project proposal. "As reproducibility is spreading in the scholarly publishing landscape, badging schemes and taxonomies are developing on an ad-hoc basis. This NISO effort is focusing on the computational and computing sciences, but it may also help to encourage support for a standardized approach for such indicators spanning a variety of disciplines."
"The spectrum of organizations behind the submission of this proposal reflects a broad-based support for a standardized approach in establishing useful indicators for replication of work by scholars and researchers," says NISO Executive Director, Todd Carpenter. "There's a definite sense of momentum coming from academic institutions, national labs, societies and commercial entities, suggesting that the work of developing a set of recommended practices will move rapidly."
Those interested in participating in the working group now being formed should contact NISO Associate Director of Programs, Nettie Lagace, at firstname.lastname@example.org. NISO is seeking participation in this working group by publishers, vendors, and the academic community.
NISO, based in Baltimore, MD, fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries, publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization, management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of information standards. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit the NISO website.