Open Research across DisciplinesHow the principles of open research can be applied to your discipline
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Examples of open research practices
Dr Arnoud van Vliet has been addressing issues scientists encounter when completing genomics data analyses. Without a doubt, anyone who works with materials from other laboratories (ranging from cell lines, reagents, and computer data) will have been frustrated by missing information, errors and things that just don’t work at another location. Many software programs ‘penalise’ a mistake with a cryptic and unhelpful error message and call on other software packages that aren’t installed by default. The outputs can also be incompatible with downstream software. To remedy this, Arnoud designed an online course using short video tutorials to teach scientists how to use these software programs at their own speed.
The user has access to:
- A virtual Linux computer that they can install on their own Windows or Mac laptops, with relatively modest hardware requirements. It comes with installation and usage instructions and contains all the required software and practice data. It’s also suitable for the users’ own applications later.
- Instruction videos (recorded on Zoom) for the nine different steps.
- Two additional videos explaining how to work with Linux.
- A wash-up session at the end.
- Diederich, K., Schmitt, K., Schwedhelm, P., Bert, B., & Heinl, C. (2022). A guide to open science practices for animal research. PLOS Biology, 20(9), e3001810. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3001810
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- Animal research and testing. Workflow checklist in Table 1. Smith, A. J., Clutton, R. E., Lilley, E., Hansen, K. E. A., and Brattelid, T. (2018). PREPARE: guidelines for planning animal research and testing. Laboratory Animals, 52(2), 135–141. https://doi.org/10.1177/0023677217724823
- Open data in veterinary science. https://towardsdatascience.com/data-in-veterinary-animal-data-abound-8d8ba92bbdbc
- Open data on global animal disease. https://empres-i.review.fao.org/#/
- Animal tracking data website. https://www.zoatrack.org
- Open datasets/repositories.
- Open access journals.
- Paper on avoiding predatory open access journals. https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2015.00022
This page is adapted and extended from: Farran, E. K., Silverstein, P., Ameen, A. A., Misheva, I., & Gilmore, C. (2020, December 15). Open Research: Examples of good practice, and resources across disciplines. https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/3r8hb