Available Until 12/31/2023

Working Open: An Overview of Open Source Research Tools (Recording)

Do you support research at your institution or conduct research yourself? Working Open: An Overview of Open Source Research Toolsintroduces you to tools and ideas that will help you work smarter… at no cost. The webinar highlights a variety of free, open source tools available for conducting, producing, and disseminating research. These tools range from supporting citation management to performing data analysis and creating visualizations to wholesale project management. Participants at all levels of knowledge and experience will learn and explore how open source tools can be “mixed and matched” to fit a variety of research workflows. Working Open also helps you articulate to your research constituents how “working open” facilitates transparency and reproducibility in research practice.


  • Recognize types of open source tools and describe their functions
  • Assess open source tools in terms of how they complement research projects
  • Discuss working open as it applies to open source, open science, and research reproducibility initiatives


Academic health sciences librarians, hospital librarians, and other health information professionals who are involved with research at their institutions or who are conducting their own research.


Erin D. Foster

Erin D. Foster is the data services librarian at the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Ruth Lilly Medical Library on the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis campus. In this role, Foster develops services, policies, and infrastructure that enable faculty, staff, and students to curate, share, and preserve their research data. She is currently co-convener of MLA’s Data Special Interest Group and coeditor of Hypothesis, the open access journal of MLA’s Research Section.

Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour recorded webinar
  • Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the live webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours and 1.5 Illinois CNE credits.


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