Halloween update for the Open Science SPOOK

Jon Tennant, October 31, 2018

Apologies for that terrible title - the author has now been fired.

The big news this month is that we finally released the first audio accompaniment to the MOOC for Module 5 on Open Research Software and Open Source. This is to help people who might find reading from screens difficult, as well as to provide an alternative for people who simply prefer audio over reading for these things. It’s a half hour introduction to the world of open source software, and simply based on the content already available here.

This is available on:

If you have an account on any of these, please make sure to like/follow/star or whatever to show if you like what we are doing. And also to share with any friends or colleagues who might be interested. The content is openly licensed (of course!), which means that anyone can re-use it for whatever they wish. The more the better!

Other news

In the last post, we asked you whether we should re-brand the ‘C’ in ‘MOOC’ to Community, to better reflect our values around learning as a peer-to-peer community-based process. Based on feedback from the wider community, this seemed like a good idea, and now we have informally re-branded to reflect this.

We also revamped the resources page, with a curated list of tools, posts, and other cool open science-related things for you all. Let us know if you would like anything else included here!

Learning how to Open Source your work

We already have some great practical tasks available for you to upgrade your researcher skill-set. These are part of Module 5 too, and include:

  1. An introductory guide on how to set up your first GitHub project,

  2. How to make such a project archived and citable, and

  3. How to integrate Git with Rstudio.

These three tasks are a great way for you to help increase the efficiency of your research workflows, while simultaneously making sure you get more appropriate credit for your work.

The second release for this module is now also available online:


Things you can do to help out

We appreciate all of your ongoing support, and will continue with developing the content and putting it out there for use as soon as it is ready.


Jon and the Open Science MOOC team