Dagstuhl Seminar on Transparent Quantitative Research as a User Interface Problem

In September 2022, members of the PET Lab Lahari Goswami and Kavous S. Niksirat attended a one-week seminar about Transparent Quantitative Research. The seminar gathered HCI researchers from all over the world to Dagstuhl School in Germany – a well-known venue for conducting computer science workshops and seminars.

The focus of the seminar was on how HCI researchers can help to promote and facilitate transparent research practices (i.e., sharing research materials and data to allow other researchers to replicate the studies or reproduce the findings).

All attendees were grouped into five groups based on their research interests and actively involved in hackathons to provide solutions for transparent research. Some of the groups focused on low-level design tweaks on how to improve the publication pipelines to facilitate transparency, some were rather focused on mid-level by providing knowledge and definitions for transparency and cheat sheets for transparent HCI research, and some worked on high-level areas on how to incentivize the adoption of transparency through the channel of funding agencies. The outcome of these activities was two-fold: First, we identified research gaps (research agenda) and established future collaborations on transparency research. Second, we composed a manifesto to be shared with journal editors and conference chairs.

The other highlights of the workshop were a keynote given by Tim Errington, CEO of the Center for Open Science (OSF platform), and a panel discussion between Neha Kumar (SIGCHI President), Jean-Daniel Fekete (TVCG Associate Editor in Chief), Kristina Höök (TOCHI editor-in-chief), and Petra Isenberg (the vice-chair of the IEEE VIS Steering Committee).

To read a complete report of the event, please refer to: https://doi.org/10.4230/DagRep.12.9.220