Find out more about the Open Research activities at the University of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Open Research Roadmap
The Edinburgh Open Research Roadmap will guide our move towards Open Research as the "new normal" across all research disciplines in the university. As an active member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) we have based this roadmap on the "Open Science and its role in universities: a roadmap for cultural change" (https://www.leru.org/publications/open-science-and-its-role-in-universities-a-roadmap-for-cultural-change) paper published by LERU in 2018.
This version of the roadmap contains our assessment of our progress against the 37 questions asked by LERU and gives details of the steps we will take to move forward. We will frequently review our progress against this roadmap and will publish annual updates on this website.
We welcome feedback and suggestions for this roadmap from all members of the university community. These should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Research, or Open Science as it's commonly known in much of the rest of the world, is research conducted and published via a combination of two or more of the following attributes:
At Edinburgh we have made a conscious choice to use the more inclusive term "Open Research" over "Open Science" in order to underscore the relevance of the terminology across the entire University, from Physics to Fashion. It is not a binary, either-or situation, but rather a continuum that runs from fully closed to fully open.The drivers behind Open Research are both idealistic and pragmatic: it argues that publicly funded research is a public good, and ought to be accessible by everyone with minimal barriers or paywalls, and also that openness benefits society by speeding up the research process, facilitating the reuse of research outputs for new purposes, and increasing transparency and public trust. By making the full record of research "as open as possible and as closed as necessary", and taking active steps to preserve not only research publications but also the data, protocols and documentation that support them, the conclusions of research remain accessible and reproducible for contemporaries and future generations alike.
- Open Access publication
- Open research data
- Open source software and code
- Open notebooks
- Open infrastructure
- Pre-registration of studies