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Open Science MOOC

Uploaded by RRI Tools on 17 November 2017

This project was started in early 2017 after a barcamp at the Open Science Conference in Berlin. Soon, more than 30 people contributed and a first draft was made. Now in late summer 2017, already more than 100 volunteers have agreed to share their knowledge about Open Science and to contribute to what they see as an extremely important issue in nowadays and future science. See here the Steering Committee

Research is getting a global makeover, in part thanks to the power of the internet and the tools it provides for us, and in part due to a growing call for accountability (e.g., reproducibility and data provenance) in research. Global policies are emerging at different levels that include some aspect of ‘Open Research’, ‘Open Scholarship’, or ‘Open Science’, and inclusive of all research disciplines. But our universities are letting us down, and they are not teaching us the tools we need to do research effectively in the 21st century.

Open Science is about increased rigour, accountability, and reproducibility. It is based on principles of inclusion, fairness, and sharing. We see Open Science simply as research done properly, and it extends across the Life and Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics, to Social Science and Humanities.

This MOOC is designed to equip students and researchers with the skills they need to excel in a modern Web-based research environment. It brings together the efforts and resources of hundreds of researchers who have all dedicated their time to making research just that little bit more awesome for us all. The content MOOC is distilled into 10 core modules.

Each module will comprise a complete range of resources including videos, research articles, dummy datasets and code, as well as ‘homework’ tasks to complete as individuals. Because you don’t learn how to do Open Science by reading; you learn by doing it.

Proposed Modules

The structure of this MOOC is still under development. At the moment, the following modules are proposed

1. Open Principles
2. Collaborative Platforms
3. Reproducible Research and Data Analysis
4. Open Data
5. Open Research Software and Open Source
6. Open Access to Research Papers
7. Open Peer Review
8. Citizen Science and Science Communication
9. Open Educational Resources
10. Open Advocacy


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