Resources

Checklist

Open source software

  • Put your code in a freely accessible repository.

  • Include a licence granting others the right to use, copy and modify your work. You can use the software licenses section to help you pick the most appropriate licence for your project.

  • Include a readme file containing useful information about a project such as what it is, how to use/install it and how to run any tests.

  • If you want others to collaborate on the project include contribution guidelines.

Open hardware

  • Use open hardware where practical.

  • Make detailed documentation and designs for any hardware you develop openly available.

  • Include a licence granting others the right to use, copy and modify your work. You can use this website to help you pick the most appropriate licence for your project.

  • Include a readme file containing useful information about a project (for example, what it is and the materials used).

Open access

  • Publish your research in an open access journal.

  • Store a copy and/or preprint of your work in a freely accessible public repository.

Open notebooks

  • Keep notes in an Electronic Lab Notebook.

  • Make your notebooks publicly accessible online.

What to Learn Next

If you have not had a chance already, take a look at the chapter on Version Control, particularly the sections on GitHub in the latter half.

This book on open science has a great deal of interesting information. For information specific to open source software, this is a good place to look. For more information on DOIs and citing resources look here.

If you want to take a look at an active open source project, this textbook is one. The source can be found on GitHub here, and for further details related to this project, you can take a look at the project website.

References

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  • 17. Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

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  • 21. Creative CommonsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 UK)

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Footnotes

  1. References by discipline: Agricultural studies (Kousha and Abdoli, 2010); Physics/astronomy (Gentil-Beccot et al., 2010; Harnad and Brody, 2004; Metcalfe, 2006); Medicine (Sahu et al., 2005; Xu et al., 2011); Computer science (Lawrence, 2001); Sociology/social sciences (Hajjem et al., 2006; Norris et al., 2008; Xu et al., 2011); Psychology (Hajjem et al., 2006); Political science (Hajjem et al., 2006; Antelman, 2004; Atchison and Bull, 2015); Management (Hajjem et al., 2006); Law (Donovan et al., 2015; Hajjem et al., 2006); Economics (Hajjem et al., 2006; McCabe and Snyder, 2015; Norris et al., 2008; Wohlrabe, 2014); Mathematics (Antelman, 2004; Davis and Fromerth, 2007; Norris et al., 2008); Health (Hajjem et al., 2006); Engineering (Antelman, 2004; Koler-Povh et al., 2014); Philosophy (Antelman, 2004); Education (Hajjem et al., 2006; Zawacki-Richter et al., 2010); Business (Hajjem et al., 2006; McCabe and Snyder, 2015); Communication studies (Zhang, 2006); Ecology (McCabe and Snyder, 2014; Norris et al., 2008); Biology (Frandsen, 2009b; Hajjem et al., 2006; McCabe and Snyder, 2014).