About the Open Science MOOC

About us

Welcome to the Open Science MOOC! Here you can find out a little more about us, what we are doing, and why.

This project is carried out mostly 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 14 people forming the Steering Committee for this project, as well as a core Production Team which is 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 is about increased rigour, accountability, reproducibility for research. 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 platform 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.

The MOOC will be hosted through an open source provider. We expect that in the future different systems of certification will be developed, including completion badges. We also intend to build a forum for the open discussion of the MOOC and any relevant topics.

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.


Core partners

Institutional partnerships

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An institutional partnership simply involves helping with delivery and communication for the MOOC modules, once they have completed production. Ideally this would be through graduate schools or similar training programs.

Strategic Partnerships

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A strategic partnership with the MOOC involves just one key thing: We have a collective will to advance Open Science. Strategic partners can include organisations, tools, services, and platforms, all of which help to progress Open Science in some way. All we ask from partnership is reciprocal promotion for the MOOC, ideally through logo sharing and a bit of social media. In return, we can host your logo here, and also explore paths for involvement with the MOOC during development. In the future, we envision that the organisations represented here could become some sort of collective, with a shared strategic vision for the future of Open Science.


You? Get in touch! Please note that sponsors do not play any role in the development of the MOOC content, unless explicitly stated.

The shuttleworth Foundation
The shuttleworth Foundation

Code Ocean
Code Ocean
The MOOC is entirely run by volunteers. We do accept small donations for support to cover our small costs, which are otherwise borne entirely by the founder and members of the Steering Committee at the present.