Welcome to Your Journey to Open Science!

Each researcher’s experience with Open Science is unique. However, one thing is true for everyone: making your research process and outputs more open and understood helps make scientific knowledge openly available, accessible, and reusable for everyone, to help increase scientific collaboration, creation, evaluation, and communication.

What is Open Science?

Open science is a global effort to increase participation in science and access to scientific research for people and communities everywhere. Open science aims to enable the sharing and preservation of data, software and results in an ethical manner, that is as open and transparent as possible. These practices accelerate scientific discovery and optimize the benefits of science for all, especially communities that have historically lacked equitable participation and access. AGU is a proud supporter of open science, advancing the effort through publications, meetings, data leadership, community science, policy engagement and career development.

“From the very beginning of the research process, the researcher both contributes to open science and takes advantage of the open science practices of other members of the research community.”

Source: UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science; adopted November 2021

To get you started on your journey towards Open Science, we have prepared a set of checklists and guidelines for you as a researcher and for your research team.

You, the researcher:

– These resources will help you get recognition for your work and make sure your work, and your profile, are visible and discoverable.

Your research team or lab:

– This guidance will help you and your team learn to work openly and collaboratively.

Take the first steps with these checklists and guidance

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Developed by the PARSEC Project Team


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Logo (resources page) and Banner (this page): Photo by Shelley Stall, used with permission

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This work is part of the Building New Tools for Data Sharing and Re-use through a Transnational Investigation of the Socioeconomic Impacts of Protected Areas (PARSEC) project with funding provided by the Belmont Forum through the National Science Foundation, NSF, Grant 1929464, (US), Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR (France), Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, FAPESP (Brazil), and Japan Science and Technology Agency, JST (Japan).

The PARSEC team is grateful for seed funding from IUGS and UNESCO to support the in-person participation of our team’s young scientists.

Page Updated 31 December 2023