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The Open Science Framework

Created by the Center for Open Science, the Open Science Framework (OSF) is an invaluable tool in the research transparency movement. It’s a platform for researchers to post their pre-analysis plans, data, code, or other information relevant to past, ongoing, and proposed studies. It’s a great tool for managing, organizing, and documenting all aspects of a project. As of January 2018, there are over 20,000 projects available for the public to see.

The OSF integrates well with a variety of other software, too, including R and Git, so you can edit straight on the platform. It also retains all versions of codes and documents so that you never lose important information. It allows you to collaborate with other researchers on projects and choose to make some or all aspects of a project open to the public so that others can also see how your posted documents have changed over time. OSF also allows you elect to make each component of your projects public or private so you can collaborate with just your team until your ready to make your research materials open.

For this activity, we recommend that you register an account on the OSF. While registering is not absolutely critical to your ability to complete this activity, if you are engaged in scientific research, we highly recommend registering and using the OSF to share your pre-analysis plans, data, materials, code, or working papers, as well as to collaborate with other researchers. You can register by taking the following steps:

  1. Visit the OSF at http://osf.io/

  2. Click “Sign Up” in the top right corner,

  3. Click “Create account” towards the bottom of the page.

  4. Enter your information.

  5. Onward to the next step!

Please note that any external links in this step will take you to third party websites which may ask you for personal details. Please read this part of FutureLearn’s Privacy Policy for more information.

Also, note that when signing up for an account on the OSF, the OSF collects some personal data such as your name and email address. This data is stored using industry-standard security safeguards. You have the right to delete your account, or to access, modify, or delete your personal information at any time. You can find the OSF Privacy Policy in its entirety on the Sign Up page.

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Transparent and Open Social Science Research

University of California, Berkeley