Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Statement for the Center for Open Science

At the Center for Open Science (COS), our mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility in research can only be fully achieved in an environment that embodies the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA).

We approach our work with humility, recognizing that we do not have all the answers. We are committed to listening, learning, and evolving to better meet the needs of those we serve. Like many other groups advancing IDEA, COS recognizes that talent is distributed across people of all backgrounds and identities, but opportunity is not. COS promotes opportunity, particularly for those with less access to it, as a mechanism to increase equity and leverage all available talent for advancing our mission.

We recognize the strength that comes from diversity and the innovation that emerges from a culture that welcomes difference and champions equity and inclusion.

Our Commitment:

  • Internally, we are dedicated to creating and nurturing a diverse workplace where every member feels valued, respected, and empowered.
    • COS centers IDEA within our 5 core values of Communication, Respect, Trust, Accountability, and Transparency.
    • We commit to recruiting, hiring, and retaining a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.
    • We strive to ensure equitable opportunities for all our employees for growth, development, and advancement.
    • We strive to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our employees, stakeholders, and the scholarly community.
    • Through continual education, reflection, and a commitment to enact change, we will work to dismantle any barriers to equity and inclusion within our organization.
  • Externally, we pledge to foster an open science community where IDEA principles and actions are foundational. This means:
    • Supporting scholarship and practices that are accessible to all and recognizing the diverse perspectives and experiences that contribute to the advancement of science.
    • Prioritizing collaboration with partners who share our commitment to IDEA, ensuring that our programs, services, and resources serve and uplift underrepresented and marginalized groups.
    • Committing to listening, learning, and taking action based on the needs and feedback of our external stakeholders to make open science truly inclusive.

Actionable Steps:

  • Continuous Learning and Improvement: We will implement ongoing IDEA training and resources for our staff, leadership, and community. This includes annual assessments at minimum of our IDEA initiatives to ensure they are effective and impactful.
  • Inclusive Practices: We will review and update our policies, practices, programming, and communications to ensure they are inclusive and equitable. This includes making our resources accessible to people with disabilities and non-English speakers.
  • Community Engagement: We will actively engage with diverse communities to understand their needs and challenges in accessing and contributing to open science. We will adapt our strategies to meet these needs and work to eliminate barriers to participation.
  • Transparency and Accountability: We will hold ourselves accountable to our commitments and remain open to feedback from our employees and the communities we serve.

The scholarly community is marked by a wide spectrum of awareness, beliefs, knowledge, and practices concerning the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of research. We understand that inclusion, diversity, equity, and access are not static goals but ongoing processes of growth and understanding. By valuing each individual's voice, perspective, and insights on what is effective and what is not, we are better positioned to fulfill our mission. The Center for Open Science is committed to being a part of this continuous journey, learning, and evolving as we strive to make open science accessible and beneficial for everyone.