Get Started: Open Research

Open Research is the effort to make the process, engagement, and results of research openly and freely available when feasible and appropriate. In the context of reproducibility, open research may be referred to as open science; for knowledge translation and inclusive research, it may be referred to as participatory research, stakeholder engagement, or citizen science; and in the context of publishing, open access.

Underlying principles of Open Research include transparency and sharing: transparency with funders, research partners, and the public at large; sharing of one's outputs and knowledge dissemination. These principles are underpinned by strategies reflecting open discoverability and open access and embraces the tenet of getting it right, over getting it published.

Open Research helps to increase research awareness, enhance transparency in outputs, and minimize unnecessary duplication of efforts, while also helping to draw clear lines of distinction between exploratory and confirmatory research and to building trusting relationships between researchers and research partners. It can also contribute to better solutions to complex problems permitting knowledge to be shared as widely and as quickly as possible

source: UBC/Research/Get Started/What

To make your research practices more open, you should regularly evaluate your work with a focus on openness and transparency. Some of the ways you can move toward making your research more open include:

Before you start:

During the research process:

  • Keep track of your data with version control
  • Work with open source tools

At the point of publication:

For additional tools and guides for Open Research, go the Open Research Toolkits.

source: UBC/Research/Get Started/How

Making Research  Accessible Initiative- A project to make openly accessible accessible research a focus on the Downtown Eastside, including plain-language summaries.

UBC research on the Open Science Framework - A list of Open Science Framework users associated to the University of British Columbia.

UBC Data on Dataverse North - An open-source repository tool making public accessible secure Canadian data on behalf of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). Dataverse is used by affiliated researchers to deposit, share, and archive research data.

For additional examples of Open Research, go to the Open Research examples gallery.

source: UBC/Research/Get Started/In Practice