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 letting us down, and they are not teaching us the tools we need to do research effectively in the 21st century.

Open Science is about increased rigour, accountability, and reproducibility. It is based on principles of inclusion, fairness, and sharing. We see Open Science simply as research done properly, and it extends across the Life and Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics, to Social Science and Humanities.

This MOOC is designed to equip students and researchers with the skills they need to excel in a modern Web-based research environment. It brings together the efforts and resources of hundreds of researchers who have all dedicated their time to making research just that little bit more awesome for us all. The content MOOC is 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 ‘homework’ tasks to complete as individuals. Because you don’t learn how to do Open Science by reading; you learn by doing it.

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 high 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.