Mapping Open Science Tools

Publié le 4 septembre 2018, par Thérèse Hameau

« In order to contribute analytical food for thought at this week’s Joint Roadmap for Open Science workshop, I was invited to facilitate discussion on the current landscape of open science tools and the opportunities for new or improved digital products in service of the research workflow. Among many things, Joint Roadmap for Open Science Tools (JROST) members came together to consider where they might collaborate and innovate to solve problems for scientists and further their shared goals in achieving an open, transparent, and non-profit vision for scholarly communications.

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In this review of scholarly tools, I evaluated the discipline specialty or neutrality in open science workflow solutions. I was surprised to see that 100% of open science tools for the outreach and promotional phase aim to be discipline agnostic. Whereas, data analysis and publication tools favor STM research. There are also some gaps in discipline-specific tools to serve earlier phases of preparation and discovery. There are a number of open-science sharing and collaboration tools in technical, medical, or other hard-science fields, where statistical data generation and analysis rule the day. However, there are big gaps in, and strong demand for, open tools to support qualitative or mixed methods research.

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