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RunMyCode.org: an innovative social network making research easier to use and replicate

4 July 2012

After more than a year of development, the RunMyCode website has been launched to help researchers to spread and share their research in a format that can be used by many people. Co-founded by Christophe Pérignon , finance professor at HEC Paris, Victoria Stodden , statistics professor at Columbia University, and three other researchers in IT and economics from CNRS and the University of Orléans, the initiative aims to make research easier to use and easier to replicate.

RunMyCode constitutes a unique scientific tool, based on open data. It provides a web service allowing people to run computer codes associated with a scientific publication (articles and working papers) using their own data and parameter values. The service only requires a web browser as all calculations are done on a dedicated cloud computer. Once the results are ready, they are automatically displayed to the user. RunMyCode follows three main objectives: to allow researchers to quickly disseminate internationally the results of their research, to provide a very large community of users with the ability to use the latest scientific methods in a user-friendly environment and to allow members of the academic community (researchers, editors, referees, etc.) to replicate scientific results and to demonstrate their robustness.

The RunMyCode website is now fully operational. It has already attracted a significant amount of users and several partnerships with international institutions have been signed. For example, this summer RunMyCode is set to open a new development centre at Columbia University in New York, thanks to the financial support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In addition, other partnerships are currently being discussed with some scientific editors and journals in order to diffuse the process. The website is operated by a not-profit making scientific association called the RunMyCode Association and is currently funded by several national research agencies, foundations and universities.


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