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Published on Oct 18, 2011
James Quirk speaks on "In Search of Computational Scholarship: Reproducible Research and Cotton Nero A.X." at the Applied Mathematics Perspective Workshop on "Reproducible Research: Tools and Strategies for Scientific Computing" in Vancouver, July 15, 2011.
Talk Abstract: "December 2010, the publishing behemoth Elsevier issued an Executable Paper Grand Challenge: ``a contest created to improve the way scientific information is communicated and used.'' This contest, along with the reproducible research movement, represents a growing realization that computational science is ill-served by traditional journal-articles, with their static typeset text. In this talk I will present some of my executable-paper exploits. The talk's title is borrowed from a television documentary by my near namesake, James Burke, the noted science historian. He argues that ``you see, what your knowledge tells you, you're seeing.'' And that when your knowledge changes, so your view of the universe changes. Thus my take on executable papers stems from many small dawnings, rather than a one-off Eureka!
December 1984, for instance, while working in the design department of a manufacturer of steam turbines, I received a severe dressing down for a slipshod calculation I had performed. As a result, I view executable-papers through a prism of accountability. One which forces me to discuss my exploits through the very framework I use to create executable papers. That way you can examine the associated software details, first-hand, and you do not need to take my word on trust.