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What is open science?
While there is no official definition of open science, a 2015 report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) refers to it as follows:
"...efforts by researchers, governments, research funding agencies or the scientific community itself to make the primary outputs of publicly funded research results - publications and the research data - publicly accessible in digital format with no or minimal restrictions as a means for accelerating research; these efforts are in the interest of enhancing transparency and collaboration, and fostering innovation."1
The idea is that greater accessibility of research materials, better interoperability of scientific instruments and outputs, greater collaboration between researchers, etc. will lead to an improved research landscape that is more transparent, efficient, effective, and engaging.
1. OECD (2015), "Making Open Science a Reality", OECD Science, Technology and Industry Policy Papers, No. 25, OECD Publishing, Paris. http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/5jrs2f963zs1-en. p. 7
Resources and Training
The Center for Open Science
The Center for Open Science (COS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information and tools to support open science practices in research.
Open Science Framework
The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free tool maintained by COS that supports research workflow. You can keep your protocols, data, and other files all in one place and there are supporting tools such as GoogleDrive, Dropbox, GitHub, and more integrated into every step of the research cycle. OSF allows for easy collaboration and appropriate sharing at all steps so you can control who sees what parts of your research and when.
Open Science - Creative Commons
Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the sharing of copyrighted works in less restrictive ways, also provides resources related to open science.
Open Science Online Training
This free online training from Johns Hopkins University consists of four modules relating to open science and how to make your research more open.
A compilation of open science tools maintained by a group of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.
Mozilla Science Labs
Mozilla has created a community of researchers and others interested in making science more open. This site provides resources and other support.
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