What is Open Science?

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Description - a brief synopsis, abstract or summary of what the learning resource is about: 

This introductory course will help you to understand what open science is and why it is something you should care about. You'll get to grips with the expectations of research funders and will learn how practising aspects of open science can benefit your career progression. Upon completing this course, you will:

  • understand what Open Science means and why you should care about it
  • be aware of some of the different ways to go about making your own research more open over the research lifecycle
  • understand why funding bodies are in support of Open Science and what their basic requirements are 
  • be aware of the pontential benefits of practicing open science 

It is important to remember that Open Science is not different from traditional science. It just means that you carry out your research in a more transparent and collaborative way. Open Science applies to all research disciplines. While Open Science is the most commonly used term, you may also hear people talking about Open Scholarship or Open Research in the Arts and Humanities.

Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Ivo Grigorov
Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
Technical University of Denmark
License - link to legal statement specifying the copyright status of the learning resource: 
Creative Commons 0 - CC0 "No Rights Reserved" (Public Domain)
Access Cost: 
No fee
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More info about
Keywords - short phrases describing what the learning resource is about: 
Data access
Data sharing
Open access
Open data
Published / Broadcast: 
Friday, October 26, 2018
Publisher - organization credited with publishing or broadcasting the learning resource: 
Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research (FOSTER)
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Contributor Organization(s): 
Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research (FOSTER)
Funding and sponsorship
Educational Info
Purpose - primary educational reason for which the learning resource was created: 
Instruction - detailed information about aspects or processes related to data management or data skills.
Learning Resource Type - category of the learning resource from the point of view of a professional educator: 
Course - series of units and lessons used to teach the skills and knowledge required by its curriculum.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Data manager
Data policymaker
Data professional
Data supporter
Early-career research scientist
Mid-career research scientist
Research scientist
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
More than 1 hour (but less than 1 day)