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Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences

Readers with a scholarly interest in fields such as psychology, political science, or economics may want to explore the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), which "works to strengthen the integrity of social science research and evidence used for policy-making [...] in ways that promote research transparency, reproducibility, and openness." The BITSS website offers a wealth of resources for current and aspiring social scientists. For example, under the Education tab, readers will find a manual of best practices for social science research transparency, as well as a free 5-week MOOC (massive open online course) entitled "Transparent and Open Social Science Research." The Resources tab leads to a trove of helpful content curated for social scientists, such as a list of free and open-licensed software and online tools, materials from the Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) sessions that BITSS has conducted, links to data repositories, and more. Readers may also want to check out the BITSS blog, which features articles on the world of transparent research and open science as well as updates on BITSS projects and activities. Founded in 2012 by the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), BITSS is directed by Edward Miguel, a professor of economics at the University of California-Berkeley who is also the faculty director for CEGA.
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