[open-science] Open Data and osf.io

William Gunn william.gunn at gmail.com
Sat Jan 10 17:28:01 UTC 2015

Hi William,

I know the OSF people fairly well. I'll get in touch with them regarding
this. Besides a more concrete definition of open access and a link to the
OKFN definition of open data, is there anything in particular you'd like me
to raise with them?

William Gunn
+1 (650) 614-1749

On Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at 8:09 AM, William Waites <ww at eris.okfn.org> wrote:

> So https://osf.io/ seems to be an interesting service that we're
> trying out for managing course materials for a short course on cell
> modelling this month. Do we know them? It seems like we ought to.
> While perusing their FAQ, I found that they have "badges". Personally
> I've never been very convinced by the concept, it's a little too boy
> scout for my taste, but anyways it seems as though they have an "Open
> Data" badge as well as an "Open Materials" which presumably is about
> meat-space analogues to data.
> Thing is, here is what they have to say about Open Data:
>     Open Data: Authors complete two disclosure items for each Open
>     Data badge application:
>       1. Provide the URL, doi, or other permanent path for accessing
>          the data in a public, open access repository
>       2. Is there sufficient information for an independent researcher
>          to reproduce the reported results? If no, explain.
> this seems somewhat underspecified to me especially given the wiggly
> semantic games that go on when talking about "open access".
> Should we approach them and ask them to tighten this up, which may be
> as simple as adding a like to the Open Definition? Seems to me the boy
> scout shouldn't get a badge for academic data that doesn't rise at
> least to that level...
> -w
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