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Open Scholarship & Open Science

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Open scholarship is the movement to make scientific research and its dissemination accessible to the scientific community and beyond. It is built on transparency, inclusion, correctness, fairness and sharing.


Open Scholarship is the practice of applying principles of openness throughout research and academia.

Practising Open Scholarship means sharing research outputs (such as research protocols, methodology, data, and publications) as quickly as possible in the research process in a way that permits access and reuse by others.

 The Eight Pillars of Open Science


The principles of Open Science are based on 8 pillars, as defined by the European Commission illustrate the broad scope of Open Science, as recommended by the Open Science Policy Platform:

  1. Future of Scholarly Communication
  2. EOSC (European Open Science Cloud)
  3. FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable data) 
  4. Skills
  5. Research Integrity
  6. Rewards
  7. Altmetrics
  8. Citizen Science

The National Open Research Forum (NORF) was established in 2017 to drive the Irish agenda for open research.

"The role of NORF is to propose national actions to address the challenges of changing the Irish research system to strengthen, promote or better support open research practices as outlined in the National Framework".


Foster Open Science Toolkit

These courses answer some of the most common questions you might have about putting open science into practice. Each course takes about 1-2 hours to work through and you’ll receive a badge upon completion.

British Library Scholarly Communications Toolkit

A series of introductory guides to different aspects of scholarly communications, and editable files.

Open Scholarship Community Galway

A network that connects Open enthusiasts in the West of Ireland and raises the visibility of our activities and members.