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Open Science Framework (OSF)

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Open Science Framework (OSF) hosted by the Center for Open Science (COS) is a free, open source web application that connects and supports the research workflow, enabling researchers to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their research. Researchers use OSF to collaborate, document, archive, share, and register research projects, materials, and data. As a workflow system, OSF enables connections to the many tools and products researchers already use, streamlining their process and increasing efficiency.

The University of Oklahoma became an institutional member in early 2019 which allows researchers to use their OU Sooner ID to access their OSF accounts and can created projects associated with OU. A landing page for OSF ( at OU will showcase public projects from OU researchers.

The University Libraries hosts several workshops throughout the year on various OSF topics. Researchers can request additional help  by contacting an information specialist or by visiting the Data Services Unit open office hours. OSF is also an integral part of the OU Impact Challenge in section on how to "Make Your Data Discoverable".

  • Structured Projects
    • Manage files, data, code, and protocols in one centralized location and easily build custom organization for your project
  • Enhanced workflow
    • Continue to use tools you already may know such as Dropbox or Google Drive, automate version control, preregister your research, share preprints.
  • Controlled access
    • Manage which parts of a project are public or private, making it easy to collaborate and share with the community or just your team
  • Make your work citable
    • The OSF can be used to share manuscripts, unpublished findings, materials, and in-progress work. The OSF makes all of it citable so that your impact is measured and you get credit for your work.
  • Dependable repository
    • OSF's preservation fund is sufficient for 50+ years of read access hosting at present costs.
  • Instruction
    • OSF can serve as a way to manage class projects for students and capstones by using templates to help setup and guide students using best practices. 
OU is an institutional member of Open Science Framework.