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Promoting Transparency in Social Science Research: Innovation, Collaboration, Impact


The annual meeting of the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) featured presentations of several recent and promising efforts to increase transparency in economics, political science, psychology, and biostatistics.

During this day and a half, a packed room of academics, funders, and journal editors discussed different strategies to increase the coordination among transparency initiatives, promote knowledge-sharing and innovation, and foster the adoption of effective transparency tools by the research community.

Pictures and conference material are available on the BITSS website.

Date and Time

Dec 12, 2013 2:30pm — Dec 13, 2013 5:30pm


B100 Blum HallUC Berkeley



  • 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Open Science Framework (OSF): Presentation and Training
    Johanna Cohoon & Andrew Sallans (Center for Open Science) 
    NB: This session will include hands-on activities. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop and research files.


  • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Introduction to BITSS and Review of Progress across Fields over the Past Year
    Ted Miguel (UC Berkeley, CEGA – Economics)
  • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Disclosure and Pre-specification
    Maya Petersen (UC Berkeley – Biostatistics)*
    Alan Hubbard (UC Berkeley – Biostatistics)
    Rachel Glennerster (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, J-PAL – Economics)
    Thad Dunning (UC Berkeley – Political Science)
  • 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM: Open Data and Protection of Research Subjects
    Brian Nosek (University of Virginia, Center for Open Science – Psychology)*
    George Alter (University of Michigan, ICPSR – Social Sciences)
    Greg Tananbaum (ScholarNext Consulting – Academic Consulting)
    Merce Crosas (Harvard University, IQSS – Data Science)
  • 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM: Replication
    Stephanie Wykstra (Independent – Academic Consulting)*
    Allan Dafoe (Yale University – Political Science)
    Andrew Moravcsik (Princeton University – Political Science)
    Uri Simonsohn (University of Pennsylvania – Psychology)
  • 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM: Changing Behaviors, Norms, and Institutions
    Cathryn Carson (UC Berkeley, D-Lab – Social Sciences)*
    Brian Nosek (University of Virginia, Center for Open Science – Psychology)
    Colin Elman (Syracuse University – Political Science)
    Dan Morgan (Elsevier – Academic Publishing)
    Donald Green (Columbia University – Political Science)
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Perspectives from Funders
    Ruth Levine (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation)*
    Stuart Buck (Laura and John Arnold Foundation)
    Josh Greenberg (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation)
    Nancy Lutz (National Science Foundation)
  • 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Action-oriented Closing Session: Discussion of Unresolved Issues and the Way Forward
    Ted Miguel (UC Berkeley, CEGA – Economics)


Full Agenda


The conference is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and the Center for Open Science.