Karthik Ram

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Karthik Ram

Karthik Ram is a research scientist at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science[1] and member of the Initiative for Global Change Biology[2] at the University of California, Berkeley. He is best known for being the co-founder of rOpenSci.[1] Ram's work focuses on global change, data science, and open research software.


Ram received his PhD in Ecology and Evolution at University of California, Davis. After his PhD, he went on to hold a post-grad position at University of California, Santa Cruz[3] before eventually moving to UC Berkeley. Currently, Karthik Ram is a research scientist at UC University of California, Berkeley for both the Berkeley Institute for Data Science and the Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology. His work aims to make it easier for scientists to produce reproducible research.[4]


Ram co-created rOpenSci in 2011,[3] and is currently the lead of the project. rOpenSci is non-profit with the goal of making data retrieval more accessible through open source R packages.[5] He also a member of the peer-review and editorial staff for the rOpenSci Software Review.[6] Ram is the lead principal investigator for the URSSI (US Research Software Sustainability Institute).[7] Karthik Ram has been the lead of this project since its initial grant in December, 2017.[8] Ram is a founding editor of the Journal of Open Source Software,[9][10] and an editorial board member of ReScience C[11] and Research Ideas and Outcomes,[12] which are both academic journals focused on open research sustainability.


  • Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science (2007)[13]
  • rOpenSci awarded $2.9M grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust[14]

Notable works[edit]

Among Ram's notable work are the following:

  • Point of view: How open science helps researchers succeed[15]
  • Git can facilitate greater reproducibility and increased transparency in science[16]
  • Data carpentry: workshops to increase data literacy for researchers[17]


  1. ^ a b Gewin, Virginia (January 6, 2016). "Data sharing: An open mind on open data". Nature. 529 (7584): 117–119. doi:10.1038/nj7584-117a. ISSN 1476-4687. PMID 26744755.
  2. ^ ".rprofile: Karthik Ram". ropensci.org. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Kintisch, Eli (June 10, 2014). "Give, and It Will Be Given to You". Science | AAAS. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  4. ^ Perkel, Jeffrey M. (November 5, 2019). "Make code accessible with these cloud services". Nature. 575 (7781): 247–248. Bibcode:2019Natur.575..247P. doi:10.1038/d41586-019-03366-x. PMID 31690867.
  5. ^ "About us". ropensci.org. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  6. ^ "rOpenSci Software Peer Review". ropensci.org. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  7. ^ "BIDS' Karthik Ram receives NSF award to design "US Research Software Sustainability Institute" (URSSI)". Berkeley Institute for Data Science. December 21, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  8. ^ "NSF Award Search: Award # 1743188 - SI2-S2I2 Conceptualization: Conceptualizing a US Research Software Sustainability Institute (URSSI)". www.nsf.gov. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  9. ^ Smith, Arfon M.; Niemeyer, Kyle E.; Katz, Daniel S.; Barba, Lorena A.; Githinji, George; Gymrek, Melissa; Huff, Kathryn D.; Madan, Christopher R.; Mayes, Abigail Cabunoc; Moerman, Kevin M.; Prins, Pjotr (February 12, 2018). "Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS): design and first-year review". PeerJ Computer Science. 4: e147. doi:10.7717/peerj-cs.147. ISSN 2376-5992. PMC 7340488. PMID 32704456.
  10. ^ "Better Scientific Software". bssw.io. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  11. ^ "ReScience C". rescience.github.io. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  12. ^ "Advisory Board". riojournal.com. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  13. ^ "Karthik Ram awarded 2017 Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science". Berkeley Institute for Data Science. October 12, 2017. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  14. ^ "rOpenSci Announces $2.9M Award from the Helmsley Charitable Trust". Berkeley Institute for Data Science. November 19, 2015. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  15. ^ McKiernan, Erin C; Bourne, Philip E; Brown, C Titus; Buck, Stuart; Kenall, Amye; Lin, Jennifer; McDougall, Damon; Nosek, Brian A; Ram, Karthik; Soderberg, Courtney K; Spies, Jeffrey R (July 7, 2016). Rodgers, Peter (ed.). "How open science helps researchers succeed". eLife. 5: e16800. doi:10.7554/eLife.16800. ISSN 2050-084X. PMC 4973366. PMID 27387362.
  16. ^ Ram, Karthik (February 28, 2013). "Git can facilitate greater reproducibility and increased transparency in science". Source Code for Biology and Medicine. 8 (1): 7. doi:10.1186/1751-0473-8-7. ISSN 1751-0473. PMC 3639880. PMID 23448176.
  17. ^ Teal, Tracy K.; Cranston, Karen A.; Lapp, Hilmar; White, Ethan; Wilson, Greg; Ram, Karthik; Pawlik, Aleksandra (February 18, 2015). "Data Carpentry: Workshops to Increase Data Literacy for Researchers". International Journal of Digital Curation. 10 (1): 135–143. doi:10.2218/ijdc.v10i1.351. ISSN 1746-8256.