Research Data Service

Open Science Framework

Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free, open platform to support your research and enable collaboration.

Open Science Framework (OSF) is an open source project management tool that supports researchers throughout their entire project lifecycle.

As a collaboration tool, OSF helps research teams work on projects privately or make the entire project publicly accessible for broad dissemination. As a workflow system, OSF enables connections to the many products researchers already use, streamlining their process and increasing efficiency.

Users of the University subscription can:

  • Use their Single Sign-on (EASE) to sign into OSF
  • Connect their OneDrive for Business storage to OSF
  • Easily find and connect with other UoE users & projects on OSF via the University's Discovery page

Benefits of using OSF

Structured projects

Manage files, data, code, and protocols in one centralized location and easily build custom organization for your project — no more trawling emails to find files or scrambling to recover lost data

Controlled access

Manage which parts of a project are public or private, making it easy to collaborate and share with the community or just your team.

Enhanced workflow

Automate version control, preregister your research, share preprints.


This service is free for our students and staff.

How to sign up for an account

Simply go to Sign-up on the OSF home page and use the Institution option.

Training and Support

As we develop university specific materials they will be listed here, but until then these resources from OSF should support you in getting started as an indivdual or part of a research group.

Before starting to use OSF please read this guidance and follow the instructions they contain, correctly configuring your OSF account is important for maintaining data security.

Getting started with OSF