Merging Science and Cyberinfrastructure Pathways: The Whole Tale

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  • Bertram Ludäscher
  • Matthew Turk

Full title: CC*DNI DIBBS: Merging Science and Cyberinfrastructure Pathways: The Whole Tale

Scholarly publications tend to be disconnected from the underlying data and code used to produce the published results, despite an increasing recognition of the need to share all aspects of the research process. As data has become more open and transportable, a second layer of research output has emerged, linking publications to their associated data. This has been rapidly followed by a third layer: a complete computational narrative that links methodology descriptions with executable code and data.

The Whole Tale project aims to strengthen these second and third layers to create more robust, holistic publications. The project will do this by 1) exposing existing cyberinfrastructure through digital notebooks, traditional scripting environments, and workflow systems; 2) developing software for seamless access to different backend capabilities; and 3) enhancing the complete data-to-publication lifecycle by empowering scientists to create their computational narratives in their usual programming environments, enhanced with new capabilities from the underlying cyberinfrastructure. 

Total project funding: $5,280,510

Whole Tale


  • Victoria Stodden (co-PI)
  • Niall Gaffney (co-PI)
  • Kyle Chard (co-PI)

Funding Agencies

  • National Science Foundation, 2016