Available Until 10/31/2028

Open Science*

 This course is currently not set to get another scheduling For more information please contact the NNLM training office at nto@utah.edu.

Open Science pursues the goals of transparency in experimental methodology, observation, and collection of data; publicly availability and reusability of scientific data; public accessibility, and using web-based tools to facilitate collaboration. This course will offer an overview of the role of open science and its components in health sciences research, its implementation throughout the workflow of the research process, locating and creating open sciences policies for use at your institution, and assessing open source tools currently available.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the class, participants will be able to:

  • Define open science, its components and role in health science research
  • Articulate arguments for/against open science
  • Identify and describe ways of conducting open research
  • Identify organizations that have open science policies
  • Identify how an 'open' repository differs from other types of repositories
  • Evaluate open source tools in terms of how they complement research projects


  • Introduction to open science (30 min.)
    • Content: Readings/video interview
    • Assignment: Choose a definition of open science to use throughout this course
    • Discussion board post
  • Open Research (50 min.)
    • Content: Readings/video interview
    • Assignment: Journal club discussion of article reading
    • Discussion board post
  • Open Policies (30 min.)
    • Content: Readings/video interview
    • Assignment: Investigate whether your institution has an open policy
    • Discussion board post
  • Open Tools (30 min.)
    • Content: Readings/video interview
    • Assignment: Find open repository/tool and write a profile
    • Discussion board post

MLA CE Credits: 4