JeffreySpies, Ph.D.

Research Technologist and Methodologist


Location

Charlottesville, VA

Email

Intro

The basics.

By education, I am a computer scientist, statistician, and psychologist. In practice, I am a research technologist and methodologist with a focus on workflow, incentives, and biases. I am currently most motivated by increasing research efficiency. That includes increasing research quality, accessibilty, and diversity.

I am the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Center for Open Science (COS), a non-profit technology company missioned to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scholarly research. As CTO, I am responsible for technical strategy, product vision, software architecture, external partner/funder development, and management of COS Labs—COS's research and development team. I also co-lead SHARE—an initiative by the Association of Research Libraries and COS to create a free, open dataset of research activity across the research life-cycle. I have a Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology (read: Behavioral Statistics) from the University of Virginia, where I now hold a Visiting Assistant Professor position in the Department of Engineering and Society. My dissertation included the development of the Open Science Framework—a free, open source workflow management system and scholarly commons that is now the flagship product of COS.

Hats

I wear a few.
01

Entrepreneur

In 2013, together with Brian Nosek, I founded COS. Since then, we have grown to a staff of 56, not including interns. To date, we have raised $26M in funding from a variety of sources. Our flagship product, the Open Science Framework (OSF), was my dissertation project.

02

Technologist

As the CTO at COS, I am responsible for technical strategy, product vision, software architecture, external partner/funder development, and management of COS Labs—COS's research and development team.

03

Researcher, Scientist, Statistician

In practice, I have always focused more on developing methods and tools in order to help others do their science efficiently than doing science myself. However, over the course of my graduate studies, my substantive research was focused on autism, non-verbal communication, and motor control. My methodological, statistical, and computational interests have included agent-based modeling, evolutionary computation, information visualization, time-series analysis, and dynamical systems analysis.

04

Librarian

OK, not technically, but I co-lead the SHARE project, a partnership between COS and the Association of Research Libraries, and spend a lot of time with real librarians. I like to think that I can talk digital archival, preservation, and metadata with the best of them. I believe the library is key to improving scholarship and should play a central role on campuses, especially with regard to increasing innovation and diversity.

05

Openness Advocate

Open source, open science, open scholarship, open data, open workflow—open solves many of the challenges currently recognized in the sciences and scholarship more broadly and, more than that, makes research more efficient, of higher quality, and more accessible and diverse.

06

Educator

I have taught both undergraduates and graduate courses centered around statistics and/or computing as well as a number of workshops. I also created and managed COS's internship program, which has trained 127 technical interns over the course of 3 years—29 of whom we later hired as full-time staff. The program is based upon a pedagogy I developed while teaching at Notre Dame that focuses on learning how to learn in order to achieve increased learning efficiency and self-confidence through self-sufficiency. It includes techniques to attract and retain minorities in STEM (e.g., real-world projects, service-learning setting, particular attention paid to acknowledging imposter syndrome and positively interpreting frustration). COS has more work to do, but 35% of our interns have been women, and we've hired at that exact same rate. Engineering can and needs to be far more diverse than it is.

Education

Computer Science.
Psychology.
Statistics.
2013

Ph.D. Quantitative Psychology

University of Virginia

2007

M.A. Quantitative Psychology (joint Computer Science)

University of Notre Dame

2004

B.S. Computer Science, Second Major: Psychology

University of Notre Dame

Experience

2013 – Present

Center for Open Science

Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer

2014 – Present

SHARE

Co-lead

2016 – Present

University of Virginia

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Society

2015 – 2016

University of Virginia

Visiting Scholar, Department of Engineering and Society

2010 – 2013

University of Virginia

Statistical Computing Instructor and Consultant

2008 – 2009

University of Virginia

National Institute of Aging Training Fellow

2008

University of Virginia

Laboratory Manager, Human Dynamics Laboratory

2006 – 2007

University of Notre Dame

Laboratory Manager, Laboratory for the Quantitative Investigation of Human Dynamics

2004 – 2007

University of Notre Dame

Departmental Graduate Fellow