About Us

Welcome to the Open Science MOOC! Here you can find out a little more about us, what we are doing, and why. MOOC traditionally stands for ‘Massively Open Online Course’. However, we feel that we are more like a community than a course, so consider the C to stand for all of us. You can learn more about this in an article we published in the Journal of Collaborative Librarianship.

This project is carried out almost entirely by volunteer work. If you would like to contribute, please join our slack channel Sign up for slack Open Science MOOC or join our GitHub project team.

There are 12 people forming the Steering Committee for this project, as well as a core Production Team and Advisory Network, both of which are open to anyone to join.


Research is getting a global makeover, in part thanks to the power of the internet and the tools it provides for us, and in part due to a growing call for accountability (e.g., reproducibility and data provenance) in research. Global policies are emerging at different levels that include some aspect of Open Research, Open Scholarship, or Open Science, and inclusive of all research disciplines. But our universities are often letting us down, and they are not teaching us the knowledge, tools and skills we need to do research effectively in the 21st century.

“Open Science” has many interpretations, but at its core it is about increased rigour, accountability, and reproducibility for research. For us, it is based on the principles of inclusion, fairness, equity, and sharing. Open Science can be viewed as research simply done properly, and it extends across the Life and Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics, to Social Science and Humanities.

This MOOC is designed to help equip students and researchers with the skills they need to excel in a modern research environment. It brings together the efforts and resources of hundreds of researchers and practitioners who have all dedicated their time and experience to create a community to help propel research forward.

The content of this MOOC will be distilled into 10 core modules. Each module will comprise a complete range of resources including videos, research articles, dummy datasets and code, as well as tasks to complete as individuals or groups. Certificates are awarded upon completion of each module. The MOOC is hosted primarily in the Open Source provider Eliademy.

Disclaimer: We, the contributors, are fully aware that there is no magic one size fits all solution when it comes to implementing Open Science philosophies and best practices, especially when covering all research disciplines. However, we also believe that we should not limit ourselves from the onset, just because pragmatic solutions may not exist today for certain disciplines. We aim to set a highly inclusive standard, fully accepting the risk that for some disciplines this strategy may not be fully appropriate. Through that failure, we hope that you, the course users, will join us as course contributors and help us co-create bespoke solutions to your discipline based on principles of transparency, provenance, reproducibility and reuse of knowledge.

Our Partners

  • Core Core
  • Pensoft Pensoft
  • OER Hub OER Hub
  • Unpaywall Unpaywall
  • Stencila Stencila
  • World Brain World Brain
  • Open Access Nigeria Open Access Nigeria
  • Access2Perspective Access2Perspective
  • Science Matters Science Matters
  • Zenodo Zenodo
  • Author Aid Author Aid
  • Open Aire Open Aire
  • Dariah EU Dariah EU
  • Internet Archive Internet Archive
  • Blockchain for Science Blockchain for Science
  • Open Knowledge Nepal Open Knowledge Nepal
  • Altmetric Altmetric
  • Add Gene Add Gene
  • F1000 F1000
  • Center for Open Science Center for Open Science
  • Creative Commons Creative Commons
  • Collaborative Knowledge Foundation Collaborative Knowledge Foundation
  • Science Open Science Open
  • IGDore IGDore
  • Cofactor Cofactor
  • Dryad Dryad
  • Science Root Science Root
  • Eurodoc Eurodoc
  • Open Access Nepal Open Access Nepal
  • Euro PMC Euro PMC
  • Conscience Conscience
  • Datastro Datastro
  • Foster Foster
  • Eureka Eureka
  • Figshare Figshare
  • Open UP Open UP
  • Open Knowledge Maps Open Knowledge Maps
  • DEIP World DEIP World
  • AfricArxiv AfricArxiv