This is something I have long thought necessary, I’m really interested to see how this works out!
Originally posted on kay:
Over the years, science has evolved many quality control mechanisms, the best known of which is probably peer review. This first appeared nearly 300 years ago, and was initially put into place to allow trusted peers to scrutinize new findings, ideas, and societal implications as part of the publication process.
Here at the Mozilla Science Lab, we’re interested in finding ways of pushing the limits to what we think of as “science on the web” and instilling better practices for open, reproducible research. We aim to do this through community building, skills training (like Software Carpentry), and building prototypes and running pilots with other groups and organizations.
Our latest experiment is exploring a model for code review in science. As research becomes increasingly dependent on computation, we want to see whether the code review practices that are now commonplace in open source software development will also work in research.