Open Science Case Studies

This project looked at what motivates researchers to work in an open manner with regard to their data, results and protocols, and whether advantages are delivered by working in this way.

The case studies consider the benefits and barriers to using ‘open science’ methods, and were carried out between November 2009 and April 2010. They resulted in a draft report to RIN (Research Information Network) and NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts) who funded this work and published the final report Open to All? Case studies of openness in research

The Appendices to the main report (pdf) include a literature review, a framework for characterising openness, a list of examples, and the interview schedule and topics.

Some of the case study participants kindly agreed to us publishing the transcripts. This zip archive contains transcripts of interviews wih researchers in astronomy, bioinformatics, chemistry, and language technology.

'Open Science’ broadly describes science carried out and communicated in a manner which allows others to contribute, collaborate and add to the research effort, with all kinds of data, results and protocols made freely available at different stages of the research process. Proponents of the approach argue that such collaboration will lead to more efficient research and innovation.