Open Principles

Status: This module is currently live and and freely available online.

The second release for this module is now ready, and has been published on Zenodo:


To cite this work, please use the following:

Jon Tennant; Bruce Caron; Jo Havemann; Samuel Guay; Julien Colomb; Eva Lantsoght; Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra; Katharina Kriegel; Justin Sègbédji Ahinon; Cooper Smout (2019, March 16) OpenScienceMOOC/Module-1-Open-Principles: Second release (Version 2.0.0). Zenodo.


To innovate in a field frequently implies moving against prevailing trends and cultural inertia. Open Science is no different. No matter how convinced you are, you will come across resistance from peers and colleagues, and the best defence is strong personal conviction that what you are doing may not be perfect now, but is the right decision in the long run. This module will introduce the guiding principles of the ‘open movement’, the different actors involved, and the impact that they are having.

Learning outcomes

  • The researcher will be able to describe the ethical, legal, social, economic, and research impact arguments for and against Open Science.
  • After deciding which platforms/tools/services are most useful for themselves and their community, the researcher will develop a personal profile for showcasing their research profile and outputs.
  • After reflecting on the status of Open Science within their research group or lab, the researcher will devise concrete ways to locally improve open practices.
  • Using the guidelines published by their research laboratories, departments, or institutes, researchers will identify the policies for career progression and assessment, publishing and open access, data sharing, and intellectual property.
  • Researchers will collaborate with colleagues and international peers to develop a shared definition of Open Science.



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