Nature: I critiqued my past papers on social media — here’s what I learnt. “On Good Friday this year, traditionally a time of self-reflection in the Christian calendar, I began critiquing my own scientific record — writing down something critical about each of my publications. Much of my career, my writing and now my podcast, ‘The Error Bar’, has been spent criticizing others’ work. In 57 tweets… I recalled the worst things about each of my publications.”
Washington State University: Amid genomic data explosion, scientists find proliferating errors. “Washington State University researchers found a troubling number of errors in publicly available genomic data as they conducted a large-scale analysis of protein sequences. The work, published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, the world’s most cited microbiology journal, could have important implications for future genomic research.”
Vox: A bot crawled thousands of studies looking for simple math errors. The results are concerning. “There are a lot of problems in science right now: Publication bias, p-hacking, incentives to publish a quantity of papers over quality papers. Those are big, systemic problems, as we’re outlined extensively here at Vox. But Michèle Nuijten, a PhD student at Tilburg University in the Netherlands who co-created Statcheck, has her sights on fixing a much smaller but surprisingly impactful problem in science: rounding errors.”
Big thanks to Matt S. for a heads-up on the new-to-me A/V Artifact Atlas (which is set up as a wiki.) Multimedia archivists, I think you’ll dig this. From the about page: “The AV Artifact Atlas is for use in the identification and definition of the technical issues and anomalies that can afflict audio and video signals. The goal of AVAA is to advance the audiovisual archiving field generally by strengthening the practice of reformatting archival media content. Archivists, curators, librarians, conservators, digitization service providers — plus all the users of cultural heritage content — benefit from the use of a common vocabulary, with supporting examples, when discussing such issues with one another.” In addition to the problems, possible remedies for the problems are also mentioned.
Study half of all natural history specimens are mislabeled? “Specifically, researchers analyzed African ginger specimens from museums in 21 countries and found that 58 percent were mislabeled. Prior studies have shown that a similar number of insects have been misidentified by harried taxonomists.”