Tools for Open Science

In this page are listed a series of tools and services scientists can use to open their science. These are organized in different topics covering different facets of Open Science. Some of these tools are only targeted to certain fields of science, some are more general. Early 2013, the open science community is very active. New initiatives emerge every week and it is hard to be up to date. At the end of the page are links to other webpages tracking the creation and evolution of tools with different emphasis

Share your data

Share your data with other scientists of your field

Site About
figshare Publish all of your research outputs in seconds in an easily citable, sharable and discoverable manner. All file formats can be published, including videos and datasets that are often demoted to the supplemental materials section in current publishing models. figshare uses creative commons licensing to allow frictionless sharing of research data whilst allowing users to maintain their ownership.

Crowdsourcing Science

Get people working with you to solve your scientific question.

Site About Type of projects Domain
Scistarter SciStarter will bring together the millions of citizen scientists in the world; the thousands of potential projects offered by researchers, organizations, and companies; and the resources, products, and services that enable citizens to pursue and enjoy these activities.  General
crowdcrafting Online assistance in performing tasks that require human cognition, knowledge or intelligence such as image classification, transcription, geocoding and more! General
zooniverse The Zooniverse is home to the internet’s largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects.  General
project noah Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.  Wildlife
Xtribe Experimental Tribe is a web platform designed for scientific gaming and social computation General
Citizen Inventor A collaborative community for pushing the boundary of citizen science and engineering. Engineering

Collaborate & Reproduce Previous Studies

Transparently document and archive studies with version control

Site About
Open Science Framework The Open Science Framework (OSF) is part network of research materials, part version control system, and part collaboration software. The purpose of the software is to support the scientist’s workflow and help increase the alignment between scientific values and scientific practices. The Reproducibility Project uses this system.

Crowdfunding Science

Fund your scientific research by openly describing your plans and asking individuals and organisations to support you! A variety of sites are now available to assist with science crowdfunding, if you know of any more, add them in the comments.

Site About Project Review Funding Model
Petridish Petridish is a new way for scientists to showcase their research to the public, and for the public to show recognition to innovative researchers. For-profit organisation. We hand select the most interesting and meaningful projects we find to be featured on our site. All or nothing, commission not stated (not accepting new projects on 9 Feb 2013)
Sciencestarter Science Starter is the first German crowdfunding community for science. Science Starter is sponsored by the Association for German Science. (German projects only) Projects have 30 days to win a certain number (based on target funding) of fans from the registered community and receive feedback to improve their proposal. If enough fans are won, the project can proceed to the funding phase. All or nothing, 4.5% commission if fully funded. SciFlies allows donors to connect with scientists working in their fields of interest. A person can view the research opportunities, choose their favorite and send a donation. When enough donors sign on, the research begins. Donors will stay updated on the progress and final results. Public charity supported by The Lewis Charitable Foundation.Before a project is approved and posted to the SciFlies website, the researcher(s) must submit a proposal that is reviewed by an anonymous panel of scientific experts. Currently, this peer review support is provided by The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) All or nothing, 100% to researchers. Our goal is simplify and accelerate the funding process by encouraging very well defined projects with modest funding requirements that can be quickly considered and funded by the community. At the heart of our community is the Open Access Funding Platform (OAFP). For-profit company. OAFP is a platform for researchers to propose and discuss tightly defined projects with clear goals and objectives. Once a project is approved for posting by the researcher community, the Project Investigator can solicit the funding required to execute their project. All or nothing, 5% commission.
SciFund Challenge Periodic rounds of science focused funding on the RocketHub platform, watch the website for date of next round. SciFund is a community based, volunteer led challenge and makes no revenue, RocketHub is a for-profit company. Each proposal is peer reviewed by a panel of volunteer scientists who ensure that the project is based on legitimate science, that it seeks to answer a legitimate question within that scientific discipline, and that it attempts to raise an amount of funds that is in line with what the project will set out to do. Source All funding taken, 8% commission if target hit, 12% if not.
Microryza Microryza is an online platform that lets you discover new research, support the research you think is important, and then connect with scientists. Microryza is a mission-driven for-profit company. We currently evaluate each proposal on three basic review criteria: is the proposed project research, are the project goals within the aims of the researcher, and can the researcher verify identity. All or nothing, 8% commission.
RocketHub You want your crowdfunding project to be successful. Period. You want your project to be where it belongs, and you want it to be noticed. You’re busy and you need this to be worth your time. You want to do nothing less than to dazzle your supporters. We get it.
  • Reach your goal: 4% commission fee + 4% credit card handling fee
  • Don´t reach your goal: 8% commission fee + 4% credit card handling fee



10 responses to Tools for Open Science

  1. Hi Jenny: Thanks again! You might want to consider these: fundageek, and endeavorist (not yet live).

    I have been dividing crowdfunding sites into a few rough categories: straight science; translational (e.g., healthtechhatch); and mash-up, including global (e.g., indiegogo – not straight science but includes science). Not the best categories but it seems that the market is exploding and some sort of categorization might help.

    Cheers, Siobhan

  2. Perhaps the peer review service (@peeragescience) could be on the list, though Peerage of Science is open for scientists only, not for public.

  3. For free and open-source tagging and bookmarking, you might include TagTeam. Here’s my short intro with links to the code and other key resources.

  4. There are a lot of collaborative open projects that would be good on this list using GitHub such as the E. coli crowdsourcing consortium & OpenAshDB projects. It could be good to include Galaxy too (, as this is a great platform for making methods and analyses more transparent, reproducible and sharable (see Galaxy pages and GigaGalaxy

  5. Under ‘share your data’ you could mention GigaDB:

  6. Great list! For free to all, journal-independent, open peer review, we may also consider the forthcoming LIBRE (liberating research) platform:

  7. Under Share your data, please list the Dryad Digital Repository, Dryad is a curated, nonprofit, general-purpose repository that makes the data underlying scientific and medical publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable. Most data in the repository is associated with peer-reviewed journal articles, but data associated with non-peer reviewed publications from other reputable sources (such as dissertations) is also accepted. Data are linked both to and from the corresponding publication and, where appropriate, to and from select specialized data repositories (e.g. GenBank). Most types of files can be submitted (e.g., text, spreadsheets, video, photographs, software code) including compressed archives of multiple files.

  8. Meant priorily for social sciences, the tools developped at DMI in Amsterdam and SciencesPo’s médialab in Paris are also quite a good bunch of bricks to collect and work with data, especially when considering networks :

  9. What about scientific instruments for open science? Main characteristics of hardware products: * Open source (integrating open innovation, sharing design, build communities) * Shareable (the sharing economy) * Modular (perpetual products and customizable) * Interoperable (standards) * Socializable (offer value through social interactions and communities) * Ecological (sustainable) * Ethical

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