During the entire process, we want to keep a list of open tools and open projects. Here is a selection to get us started.
- Open Knowledge Project
- “PKP is a multi-university initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing”
- SPARC Author Addendum
- Your article has been accepted for publication in a journal and, like your colleagues, you want it to have the widest possible distribution and impact in the scholarly community. In the past, this required print publication. Today you have other options, like online archiving, but the publication agreement you’ll likely encounter will actually prevent broad distribution of your work.
- “SHARE is a higher education initiative whose mission is to maximize research impact by making research widely accessible, discoverable, and reusable. To fulfill this mission SHARE is developing services to gather and freely share information about research and scholarly activities across their life cycle. Making research and scholarship freely and openly available encourages innovation and increases the diversity of innovators.”
- The Open Data Handbook
- “This handbook discusses the legal, social and technical aspects of open data. It can be used by anyone but is especially designed for those seeking to open up data. It discusses the why, what and how of open data – why to go open, what open is, and the how to ‘open’ data.”
- Open Data Charter
- “The world is witnessing a significant global transformation, facilitated by technology and digital media, and fueled by data and information. This transformation has enormous potential to foster more transparent, accountable, efficient, responsive, and effective governments and civil society and private sector organizations, and to support the design, delivery, and assessment of sustainable development goals at a global scale.”
- Frictionless Data
- Lightweight standards and tooling to make it effortless to get, share, and validate data.
- Open Definition
- The Open Definition sets out principles that define “openness” in relation to data and content.
It makes precise the meaning of “open” in the terms “open data” and “open content” and thereby ensures quality and encourages compatibility between different pools of open material.
It can be summed up in the statement that:
“Open means anyone can freely access, use, modify, and share for any purpose (subject, at most, to requirements that preserve provenance and openness).”
Put most succinctly:
“Open data and content can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone for any purpose”
- School of Data
- We are a network of individuals and organizations working on empowering civil society organizations, journalists and citizens with skills they need to use data effectively.
We are School of Data and we believe that evidence is power.
- The Pirate Book
- “ A compilation of stories about sharing, distributing and experiencing cultural contents outside the boundaries of local economies, politics, or laws”
- OpenGLAM (Galleries Libraries, Archives and Museums)
- “Galleries, libraries, archives and museums have a fundamental role in supporting the advance of humanity’s knowledge. They are the custodians of our cultural heritage and in their collections they hold the record of humankind.”
- Started in August 1991, arXiv.org (formerly xxx.lanl.gov) is a highly-automated electronic archive and distribution server for research articles. Covered areas include physics, mathematics, computer science, nonlinear sciences, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics. arXiv is maintained and operated by the Cornell University Library with guidance from the arXiv Scientific Advisory Board and the arXiv Member Advisory Board, and with the help of numerous subject moderators.
- SocArXiv is dedicated to opening up social science, to reach more people more effectively, to improve our research, and build the future.
- figshare is a repository where users can make
all of their research outputs available in a citable,
shareable and discoverable manner
- Humanities Commons
- Humanities Commons was designed by scholarly societies in the humanities to serve the needs of humanists as they engage in teaching and research that benefit the larger community. Unlike other social and academic communities, Humanities Commons is open-access, open-source, and nonprofit. It is focused on providing a space to discuss, share, and store cutting-edge research and innovative pedagogy—not on generating profits from users’ intellectual and personal data.
- Center for Open Science
- Our mission is to increase the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scholarly research. We work on ways to make the process, content, and outcomes of research openly accessible for others to discuss and build on. It is possible for all scholarly content to be preserved and connected, and for transparency to be expected and rewarded. Acceleration of scientific progress can be a primary motivator for scholarship and a powerful driver of real solutions.
- Open Media Scholarship
- Open Media Scholarship is a nonprofit site, established in 2017, dedicated to promoting open access (OA) in media, communication, and film scholarship and teaching. The site features OA journals, books, and resources, along with searches for OA articles and datasets. The rationale for Open Media Scholarship is that media scholars, for a variety of reasons, should be at the forefront of the OA movement. That argument is elaborated in “Open Media Scholarship: The Case for Open Access in Media Studies” (2016) by Jeff Pooley (Muhlenberg College), who created and maintains this site.
- The Idealis
- The Idealis uses the greatest information resource known to humankind–librarians–to create a carefully curated journal full of research that is relevant first and foremost to the needs of library practitioners. We work to liberate toll access or otherwise difficult to access research in all forms–articles, books, code, data sets, presentations, white papers, and more–with all the tools at our disposal.
- Open Science knows no borders!
The need for a catch-all is not restricted to one funder, or one nation, so the concept caught on, and Zenodo rapidly started welcoming research from all over the world, and from every discipline.
The digital revolution has necessitated a retooling of the scholarly processes to handle data and software, but this is proceeding at varying speeds across different communities, disciplines, and nations. To ensure no one is left behind through lack of access to the necessary tools and resources, Zenodo makes the sharing, curation and publication of data and software a reality for all researchers.
- Open Science Framework (from Center for Open Science)
- The Open Science Framework (OSF) provides free and open source project management support for researchers across the entire research lifecycle. As a collaboration tool, the OSF helps researchers work on projects privately with a limited number of collaborators and make parts of their projects public, or make all the project publicly accessible for broader dissemination. As a workflow system, the OSF enables connections to the many services researchers already use to streamline their process and increase efficiency. As a flexible repository, it can store and archive research data, protocols, and materials.
- Open Source Initiative
- The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation with global scope formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community.
Open source enables a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is higher quality, better reliability, greater flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.
One of our most important activities is as a standards body, maintaining the Open Source Definition for the good of the community. The Open Source Initiative Approved License trademark and program creates a nexus of trust around which developers, users, corporations and governments can organize open source cooperation.
- Open Source Hardware
- The Open Source Hardware Association aims to be the voice of the open hardware community, ensuring that technological knowledge is accessible to everyone, and encouraging the collaborative development of technology that serves education, environmental sustainability, and human welfare.