The handbook provides Open Science advocates across the globe with practical know-how to deliver Open Science principles to researchers and support staff. Bringing together methods, techniques, and practices, it aims at supporting educators of Open Science. It is available as a GitBook and under a CC0 license.

The Open Science Training Handbook

A group of fourteen authors came together in February 2018 at the TIB (German National Library of Science and Technology) in Hannover to create an open, living handbook on Open Science training. High-quality trainings are fundamental when aiming at a cultural change towards the implementation of Open Science principles. Teaching resources provide great support for Open Science instructors and trainers. The Open Science training handbook will be a key resource and a first step towards developing Open Access and Open Science curricula and andragogies. Supporting and connecting an emerging Open Science community that wishes to pass on their knowledge as multipliers, the handbook will enrich training activities and unlock the community’s full potential.

Sharing their experience and skills of imparting Open Science principles, the authors (see below) produced an open knowledge and educational resource oriented to practical teaching. The focus of the new handbook is not spreading the ideas of Open Science, but showing how to spread these ideas most effectively. The form of a book sprint as a collaborative writing process maximized creativity and innovation, and ensured the production of a valuable resource in just a few days.

Bringing together methods, techniques, and practices, the handbook aims at supporting educators of Open Science. The result is intended as a helpful guide on how to forward knowledge on Open Science principles to our networks, institutions, colleagues, and students. It will instruct and inspire trainers how to create high quality and engaging trainings. Addressing challenges and giving solutions, it will strengthen the community of Open Science trainers who are educating, informing, and inspiring themselves.

Table of Contents

  1. Readme 1.1
  2. Introduction 1.2
  3. Open Science Basics 1.3

i. Open Concepts and Principles 1.3.1

ii. Open Research Data and Materials 1.3.2

iii. Open Research Software and Open Source 1.3.3

iv. Reproducible Research and Data Analysis 1.3.4

v. Open Access to Published Research Results 1.3.5

vi. Open Licensing and File Formats 1.3.6

vii. Collaborative Platforms 1.3.7

viii. Open Peer Review, Metrics and Evaluation 1.3.8

ix. Open Science Policies 1.3.9

x. Citizen Science 1.3.10

xi. Open Educational Resources 1.3.11

xii. Open Advocacy 1.3.12

  1. On Learning and Training 1.4
  2. Organizational Aspects 1.5
  3. Examples and Practical Guidance 1.6
  4. Glossary 1.7
  5. References 1.8
  6. About the Authors & Facilitators 1.9
  7. Languages 1.10