Open Science is the movement to make results of scholarly research, including code, data, and research papers freely available and usable. Although "Open Science" is the most commonly used term, “Open Science” practices can be used by researchers in any discipline. FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research) offers a nice introduction to Open Science here. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine also recently published a report supporting open science practices.
Open Science increases trust in science by improving the reproducibility of scientific results.* The Center for Open Science envisions open science practices as the path to a research environment where scholarly content is preserved, connected, and versioned to foster discovery, accumulation of evidence, and respect for uncertainty; where researchers prioritize getting it right over getting it published.
The U.S. government requires that articles based on federally funded research be made publicly available, but the Open Science movement goes farther, seeking to make all research materials open.
There are many web-based tools and technologies to facilitate research collaboration:
- Watch introductory videos to learn more about open science.
- Review a visualization of Open Science resources (developed by FOSTER).
- Explore the Open Science Framework, a web application developed by the Center for Open Science that offers researchers ways to collaborate, document, archive, share, and register research projects, materials, and data.
*Learn how the University Libraries can help you improve the reproducibility and rigor of your research.