A short note in addition to this discussion.
We feel the most effective way to promote better sharing of software is to make a strong link between software and the articles/research it is used for. We expect that someone browsing through a software database or website is much more likely to recognize the utility of a piece of software if he or she can see which articles were based on it. It would probably be even more efficient if journal articles included a link to a database in which the software used to conduct the research is freely available for downloading. However, the latter requires authors to be comfortable sharing their software at the time of publication. This might be difficult to achieve in very competitive fields of research.
Lucas Stam and Theo Goverts,
VU University Medical Center, AMSTERDAM
S.Theo Goverts PhD
Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, section Ear & Hearing
EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research
De Boelelaan 1118 (PK, 2Y160), 1081 HZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Postal address: P.O.Box 7057, 1007 MB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
A request was made to provide a summary of the discussions that occurred at the session on "Research and Teaching tools for Matlab" at the ARO meeting last week. A summary is provided below. Hopefully it will also spark
some interesting discussions among the community of the auditory list as well.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
RESEARCH AND TEACHING TOOLS FOR MATLAB: A COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
The purpose of the session on Research and Teaching Tools for MATLAB was to try and answer the question: What are the community needs for the efficient sharing of MATLAB tools and resources for research and teaching? This topic is motivated by a number of reasons:
While a conclusion was not reached during this meeting because of time constraints, we had some fruitful discussions and a number of issues were raised that should be the focus of future sessions. Most of the discussion revolved around the sharing of research tools. There was brief mention of a web-based textbook for teaching of MATLAB and/or for hearing sciences with MATLAB code examples. Perhaps the ARO website may be a good starting point for hosting this textbook, as well as a place to share research tools?
The following summary is divided into two sections: (1) possible best practices, and (2) open issues.
1. Possible best practices for sharing
2. Open issues
The slides from presentations by Alan Kan, Michael Heinz, Ray Goldsworthy, Denis Drennan, Piotr Madjak, Laurel Carney and Lisa Kempler are available on request. These presentations highlight the purpose and reasons for these discussions; how MATLAB is being used for research and teaching within the ARO community; what tools are currently being shared; what tools are available within MATLAB to facilitate sharing; as well as what other communities are doing to share teaching resources.