Reproducible reporting using Markdown

Our educational workshop ‘Reproducible Reporting Using Markdown’ was held in July 2021. Providing training for over 80 researchers, this half-day event comprised of a series of short talks, followed by a practical workshop with skilled facilitators on hand. 

The feedback from our post-event survey was very positive. The talks which introduced reproducibility, the UK Reproducibility Network, and Markdown were well received, with 93% rating them as good, very good or excellent. Similarly, 93% said that the event helped to improve their understanding of reproducibility and open science, and 87% said that they were more likely to use Markdown after the event. A few participants suggested that a live demo of markdown would have been helpful to transition into the workshop activities, so that’s something that we’ll look to incorporate in future events. Gratifyingly, 93% of participants would recommend the event to others. We also had over 150 people on the waiting list, so there’s clearly a lot of demand for this kind of training. We plan to run this kind of event again, broadening the practical training to encompass both introductory and advanced level activities, plus other areas of reproducibility in addition to markdown. 

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Some more feedback from participants: 

  • “Great! Thank you very much!”
  • “It was a good experience, I really loved it.”
  • “Excellent opportunity to learn R Markdown, tutorials are perfect and reproducible.”
  • “Fantastic! Thank you so much for organising this event, and for preparing the brilliant material.”
  • “Well organized and gave relevant information.”
  • “Event was one of the few zoom seminars I feel was time well spent. Thank you.”

Prof David Llewellyn, DEMON Network Director said “This is exactly the kind of collaborative team effort that characterises the DEMON Network and we should be proud of. I’d like to thank the organisers, speakers, and facilitators. We offer this kind of training free of charge because we believe in breaking down barriers to reproducible science and promoting diversity. We specialise in identifying good ideas and turning them into tangible impactful activities quickly and with minimal fuss.!”  

Dr Janice Ranson, Deputy Director comments “This fantastic training event is just the beginning of our partnership with the UK Reproducibility Network. To drive the reproducibility agenda forward and facilitate our ambitious plans we have also launched a Special Interest Group in Reproducibility and Open Science. Join our dedicated Slack channel to get involved!”

The event was supported by a University of Exeter Researcher-Led Initiative Award. 

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