What's the point of all this?

As described previously, reproducibility is both a major goal of science and a major challenge for science. It is imperative that, as scientists, we hold ourselves accoundable to analyses that can be performed again by others with the same results. But beyond that, you can learn a lot from participating, like:

  • New bioinformatics skills
  • Software versioning
  • New programming languages, such as Perl, bash, R, or Python
  • Code debugging
  • Skills reading literature about computing

Don't be turned away from the project by having less developed coding skills. This is the perfect opportunity to work on those skills!