"Reproducible Research"

Johns Hopkins is having a free web class on reproducable research techniques in a few days; after looking at the tools involved I thought it might be of some interest to people here.

Essentially there are a few people in acadamia whom are pushing for reports to be written in such a way that you can just easily grab the paper and verify the statistics using automated tools. So for instance if you wanted to check how someone achieved a given effect size, you simply grab the source file for the journal paper and it will spit out the R code used to calculate that data. This might pull the actual test statistics from a web server to a local file, and you could prod at it to your heart's content.

I think this is a great idea for all of the sciences, personally.