The mybinder.org service makes it possible to replicate scientific analyses in the browser with just one click of the mouse, without the need for time-consuming installation of additional software. With the GESIS Notebooks offering, GESIS is collaborating with mybinder.org within the BinderHub federation to provide researchers in the social sciences with reliable access to the internationally and cross-discipline standardized open science infrastructure and to realize a right to replication.
BinderHub (the software behind mybinder.org) was developed to replicate computational analyses in a low-threshold way. BinderHub sessions are deleted after a fixed period of time, and there is no authentication or permanent storage of analyses or interim results. However, scientists also need access to authenticated infrastructure that not only allows persistent storage of analyses, but also enables the creation and further development of replicable analyses in a browser-based manner.
In the DFG project "iLCM - A virtual research environment for large-scale qualitative data" (FKZ/project number: 324867496) the software Persistent BinderHub was implemented to address these needs. Persistent BinderHub is an extension of the BinderHub software that enables authenticated and persistent storage of analyses. Persistent BinderHub has met with great interest among scientists and is already being used beyond the social sciences.
To further develop this vision of an international cross-disciplinary open science infrastructure, we have started a collaboration with 2I2C with the support of NFDI4DS and CESSDA.