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BITSS Open Research Seminar

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) and the UC Berkeley Library are excited to announce the Open Research Seminar (ORS), a webinar series to promote and share knowledge about the use of tools and practices for transparency and reproducibility in social science research. The ORS will be an opportunity for researchers to showcase applications of specific tools and practices (e.g., developing a lab protocol for reproducibility, building a website to catalog open datasets, etc.) or evaluations of the effectiveness of existing tools and practices (e.g., results-blind peer review and publication bias). All webinars will be free and open to register to the general public. 

The Open Research Seminar is hosted thanks to the generous support provided by the Templeton World Charity Foundation.

What is BITSS?

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) is an organization that strives to enhance the credibility of science by advancing transparency, reproducibility, rigor, and ethics in research. With the help of researchers, students, faculty, publishers, and funders across disciplines, BITSS is able to generate evidence, increase access to open science education, and strengthen the scientific ecosystem. BITSS was established in 2012 as part of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), a UC Berkeley-based hub for research on global development.  

Spring 2023 Schedule

  • April 6, 9-10:30 am PT: Using the Open Source PolicyEngine microsimulation for reproducible analysis of tax and benefit policy - Max Ghenis

Click here to register for April 6 Zoom meeting

  • April 6, 9-10:30 am PT: Topics in Research Ethics and Best Practices - Indira Patil (3ie) and Alfredo Burlando (University of Oregon)

Click here to register for April 6 Zoom meeting

  • April 20, 9-10 am PT: Building Student-Led Reproducible Research - Anna Josephson, Jeff Michler, April Athnos, and Lorin Rudin-Rush

Click here to register for April 20 Zoom meeting 

  • May 2, 9-10:30 am PT: Launching the MCC Evidence Platform: Why Usable Evidence Tools are Critical for Impact - Casey Dunning, Algerlynn Gill, Shreena Patel, Urtina Zeka, and Jennifer Sturdy 

Click here to register for May 2 Zoom meeting

Fall 2022 Schedule

  • Oct 4, 9-10:30 am PT: The Life Cycle of a Reproduction: From Ex Ante Documentation to Ex Post Reproduction and Beyond - Richard Ball, Anne Nurse, Fernando Hoces de la Guardia, and Abel Brodeur

Click here to register for Oct 4 Zoom meeting

  • Oct 27, 9-10:30 am PT: Normalizing Reproducibility: The Experience of the World Bank Group & DIME - Luis Eduardo San Martin, Luiza Cardoso de Andrade, Benjamin B. Daniels, and Erin Kelley

Click here to register for Oct 27 Zoom meeting

  • Nov 17, 9-10:00 am PT: Hashed Linkages for Administrative Datasets - Karla Palos Castellanos

Click here to register for Nov 17 Zoom meeting

  • Dec 6, 9-10:30 am PT: How to Evaluate Journal Implementation of Open Science Standards: The TRUST Process - Sean Grant

Click here to register for Dec 6 Zoom meeting

Additional Contacts

BITSS Website

CEGA Events and Communications Associate: Eeman Abbasi ( and Fernando Hoces de la Guardia (