On October 19, 2020, we had the honor of presenting a technical workshop for the Geospatial Software Institute (GSI) geospatial fellows program, focusing on geospatial COVID-19 research. The primary objective of the presentation was to introduce the geospatial fellows to reproducibility and replicability and their importance in the context of COVID-19.
Our workshop shared its title and purpose with our proposed fellowship project, Working with Students to Reproduce COVID-19 Research to Establish the Credibility of Findings and Accelerate Policymaker Adoption. Find slides and a video recording of the workshop here.
- COVID-19 is new and rapidly evolving phenomena
- There is urgent need for research to inform public policy
- Reproducibility and replicability provide a self-correcting mechanism in the process of scientific knowledge production
- We can establish the credibility of claims in scientific research through reproduction and replication studies
- Credibility can be used to weight the value of scientific studies for policymaking
- In our project, we will conduct reproductions of geospatial COVID-19 studies with undergraduate and graduate students over the 2020-21 academic year