Loek Brinkman & Anita Eerland

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We’re Loek Brinkman and Anita Eerland, two researchers from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. We love science, but also see manners in which science can be improved. For example, science can be more reliable, more accurate, and more efficient. One way to achieve this, is by increasing transparency in all steps of the research cycle, aka open science. And while open science is advocated by policy makers and pioneering researchers worldwide, only a small proportion of the academic community is actively involved in shaping how open science should be implemented in ways that suit researchers best. We're here to change that!

Early 2018, we founded the Open Science Community Utrecht (OSCU). OSCU is an bottom-up initiative to include researchers from all career stages, faculties, and levels of open science experience in incorporating open science in our workflows. For this, we need to 1) educate ourselves in open science tools and practices, and 2) discuss implementation, obstacles, and required support. The community will then be able to inform policy makers on how open science policies should be shaped to effectively bring about large-scale adoption of open science practices. Together, we make science more open, for better science.

The format of OSCU has been well received. Over 100 people have joined OSCU in the first months. To bring about large-scale adoption of open science practices, we encourage and support others to start similar communities at their university. A global network of open science communities will have the mass and momentum to tip the scale and make open science common practice. At the moment, we support people from five different universities in setting up their Open Science Communities. Will you start the next Open Science Community? Our step-by-step tutorial will help you get it off the ground. 

Up until now, creating OSCU and supporting others had been done in our own time and with zero budget. That's okay. We love doing this. But we've reached a point where we need more resources. Resources to further develop OSCU and to promote and facilitate others to set-up their communities. And importantly, resources to apply for internal and external funding.

For this, we ask for your help. We hope to be fully self-sustaining within two years, but until that time, we have to rely on donations to continue our work. If you share our view that bottom-up, inclusive open science communities are the way to better science, please become our patron! 

The Future of Science is Open! 

Loek Brinkman & Anita Eerland

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