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Why Open Research? - a site for researchers to learn about benefits of #openaccess #opendata #openscience.

Uploaded by RRI Tools on 24 October 2017
Last modified on 25 October 2017

Erin McKiernan: Concept development, web development & John McKiernan: Artist.

Funded by Shuttleworth Foundation

Project mission and goals:

This project was born out of our passion for opening up research, making it assessible and reusable by all. We view access to information as a human right and think it should be treated as such. And we believe it will take students and researchers at all levels of academia to bring about culture change. By sharing our work, we can stimulate learning, innovation, and discovery.

Many researchers support the idea of increasing access to research, but worry about the implications for their career of sharing their work. We built this site primarily for researchers, to educate them about all the different ways they can be open and how sharing can be beneficial for their careers. We also aim to provide information and resources for those working in open advocacy. All resources herein all openly licensed and their reuse in encouraged.


  • Image gallery - cartoons illustrated by John R. McKiernan. Each is licensed CC BY. Feel free to download, share, and reuse, as long as you credit the artist and this site.

  • OA Week graphics, "Open in order to...". Graphics from the Why Open Research project to mark Open Access Week 2017. The theme this year is "Open in order to...", which prompts us to answer the question: What can we accomplish by sharing our work as educators and researchers?. All images are openly licensed for reuse.

  • Reusable card sheetsdesigned to be printed out and shared at educational events, workshops, conferences, etc. They are openly licensed, so feel free to share and reuse as long as you credit the artist (John McKiernan) and this site.
  • Reusable slide decks - openly licensed (CC BY) and available for download via figshare. 
  • Quotes from open research advocates - images created during the International Open Access Week 2014 by the Electronic Frontier Foundation in collaboration with artist and graphic designer, Ty Semaka. All the images are openly licensed (CC BY 3.0 US) for sharing and reuse. Each advocate was asked to describe why they support open access.
  • Video resources

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