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Edinburgh Open Research Initiative – EORI

Edinburgh Open Research Initiative (EORI) is a grassroots collective of students and staff based primarily at the University of Edinburgh, promoting awareness of and training in Open Research practices and policies, and lobbying for these to be implemented and formally recognised by the University of Edinburgh.

This will be achieved via a series of specific aims, detailed below. These are, and will be, guided by developments in best practice in the field of Open Research, and thus specific aims may be updated as necessary. An action plan is currently being drafted to provide a roadmap for how to achieve these aims.  

Mission: To raise awareness of, flag/ provide training of, and lobby for, Open Research practices & policies. 

EORI needs to remain focused on our mission and objectives. Therefore, EORI needs to be selective with its attention and efforts. To this end, EORI will concern itself with issues directly relating to Open Research, E.g. Open Access, FAIR science, lobbying for changes to incentives structures (etc...). EORI will not concern itself with other issues relevant to research culture but not directly related to Open Research, e.g. the Athena Swan Charter, Mental health & wellbeing, etc… 

Specific Aims


  1. Grow numbers and grass-roots support.
  2. Organise symposium day(s) on Open Research practices.
  3. Make Open research more visible and accessible through promotion of knowledge exchange and sharing experiences.
  4. Conduct a survey on current Open Research practices in the University.
  5. Collate and centralise details of current Open Research initiatives at the University.
  6. Identify initiatives/ policies at other universities; assess appropriateness; suggest for implementation here; identify obstacles & need for support.
  7. Disseminate relevant information relating to Open Research practices and policies.
  8. Be a University-wide support and communication platform for sharing of resources and building professional networks.
  9. Advocacy - Inspire colleagues toward greater adoption of open and reproducible practices.
  10. Community building & knowledge transfer - Be an inclusive learning community working across all academic levels and beyond – facilitate collaborations and increase range of available Open Research expertise to accelerate scientific progress.
  11. Infrastructure and tools - Build Open Research content/resource libraries – Tools for Open Research.


  1. Collate training and education resources to direct interested parties towards.
  2. Write a thorough EORI manifesto.
  3. Seek funding and partnerships for ideas? That’s perhaps a long-term aim.
  4. Connect with other Open Research initiatives at national and international levels – helps with sharing best practices, co-organizing events and raising the profile.


  1. Conduct an awareness campaign around campuses (e.g. posters, social media, email).
  2. Plan a scheme to have an Open Research Ambassador at various levels throughout the university (schools, colleges, sites, departments etc.).
  3. Provide a confidential mechanism to raise concerns with Open Research practices.
  4. Semi-regularly produce articles lobbying for Open Research practices for publication.


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