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COS builds open source infrastructure to support our mission of transparency, openness and reproducibility.

 

The OSF code is open source, and fully visible to the community to view its continual development, contribute code and ideas to enhance functionality, and have peace of mind and security in knowing they will never be locked-in. See our development in action.

The transparency a researcher can demonstrate by using OSF to collaborate, manage and share their research is one facet; using open source infrastructure to provide security to the researcher and consumers is another. Open source code often has added benefits by its very nature which make it more reliable and secure due to the increased review. The long term viability of open source tools is also higher because of the supportive community and the ability to meet demands for transparency giving freedom from proprietary solutions and vendor rights to research data and outcomes.

2020 Themes and Projects:

  • Improve User Interface and User Experience: Make it easier for visitors and users to accomplish their goals by making the OSF more efficient, usable, and beautiful [continued from 2019]
  • Simple submission workflows: Build streamlined processes for new and existing users to share their ideas, code, and materials, preregistrations, analysis plans, and data in the open. [continued from 2019]
  • Registration preservation and archiving infrastructure with a training curriculum for libraries to support adoption. Learn more.
  • Launch new interfaces to support communities and stakeholders with promoting and demonstrating openness, transparency and rigor

    • Launch customized and branded registries using OSF Registries Infrastructure
  • Increase the sustainability of OSF by providing fee-for-service interface solutions for institutions and groups working to advance open research in their communities

2019 Themes and Projects:

  • Improve User Interface and User Experience: Make it easier for visitors and users to accomplish their goals by making the OSF more efficient, usable, and beautiful

    • Improved registration layouts with a new look and feel 
    • Worked to add the ability to edit metadata like keywords, subjects, licenses, and descriptions without affecting the registration form details
  • Simple submission workflows: Build streamlined processes for new and existing users to share their ideas, code, and materials, analysis plans, and data in the open

    • Iterative improvements to streamline registration submission process: simplified interface and guided workflow
  • Make collaborating easy: Worked on Groups functionality to manage large numbers of collaborators and control project access efficiently and effectively
  • Provide tools for communities to improve rigor and transparency: Launched OSF Collections to

  • Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable: Worked to apply the FAIR principles for OSF content by expanding metadata and providing a mechanism for communities to contribute domain-specific schemas.