Open Science and Analytics for Applied Interdisciplinary Geography with the DANTE Project

Authors: Joshua Brinks*, ISciences, LLC, Thomas Parris, ISciences, LLC
Topics: Applied Geography, Quantitative Methods, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: R, open research, environment-security, open-access
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 24
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The Data ANalytics and Tools for Ecosecurity (DANTE) Project is a cooperative partnership between the United States Army Corps of Engineers, CIESIN, ISciences, L.L.C., and CASE International that aims to develop a community platform with a suite of open-source tools and content that reduce common barriers to entry for interdisciplinary research in human geography, social and political science, and global environmental change. In addition to providing a curated catalogue of data sets and custom R programming tools tailored to interdisciplinary research, one of the primary goals of the DANTE Project is to demonstrate reproducible research through replication of recent high impact peer reviewed studies.

The ability to parse leading peer reviewed research, comprehend their underlying methodologies, and adapt them to personal needs is a major barrier to early-career scientists. This becomes more challenging due to publications with inadequate written methods plagued by poorly conveyed data processing procedures, and insufficient details regarding software and package use. These issues could be remedied if, for example, researchers provided their underlying code along with submissions. This approach would contribute to full transparency, and serve as a teaching mechanism for graduate students and early career scientists. In this presentation, we will feature some of the open-access content developed for the DANTE project and techniques for replicable, distributable, and open research with R packages.

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