Capturing the “Whole Tale” of Computational Research: Reproducibility in Computing Environments

We present an overview of the recently funded “Merging Science and Cyberinfrastructure Pathways: The Whole Tale” project (NSF award #1541450). Our approach has two nested goals: 1) deliver an environment that enables researchers to create a complete narrative of the research process including exposure of the data-to-publication lifecycle, and 2) systematically and persistently link research publications to their associated digital scholarly objects such as the data, code, and workflows. To enable this, Whole Tale will create an environment where researchers can collaborate on data, workspaces, and workflows and then publish them for future adoption or modification. Published data and applications will be consumed either directly by users using the Whole Tale or can be integrated into existing or future domain Science Gateways. Our approach is analogous to a general science gateway as it aims to deliver a collection of services and integration software that simplifies the use of scientific services and cyberinfrastructure.