Open science case studies

Added by Catherine Gray on 09 September 2010

New RIN/NESTA project looks at a series case studies examining what motivates researchers to work in an open way with regard to their data.

The RIN and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) have published the results of a new collaborative research project which examined the benefits and barriers to using ‘open science’ methods. The project aimed to identify what motivates researchers to work (or want to work) in an open manner with regard to their data, results and protocols, and whether advantages are delivered by working in this way.

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.

This report has been produced to provide researchers, research institutions and funders with a better understanding of why some researchers choose to work in this manner, the benefits that occur and the barriers that prevent others from using open science methodology.

The RIN and NESTA contracted the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) to undertake this project.

The report is available to download below. If you would like hard copies, please email

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