Open Research is the practice of researching in such a way that others can collaborate and contribute throughout the research process. Open Research is not limited to STEM subjects; it encompasses all fields and stages of research with the goal of making the results Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR).
This includes the early stages of research by making lab notes and research data freely available, continuing through the peer review and open access publication processes, to the further dissemination of knowledge through freely available software and open educational materials. In Open Research, outputs should be made freely available under terms that enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the research and its underlying data and methods.
We recommend that researchers check out the Open Science Framework for further information on the variety of tools that are available to help them register studies, collaborate, document, archive and share information relating to their research. OSF is a free, open source web app run by the non-profit Center for Open Science.
Aston University has an Open Science Working Group that holds regular meetings. Past presentations can be found on the UK Network of Open Research Working Groups (UK-ORWG) page on OSF, under Aston University. Upcoming events will be announced on Twitter (@Astonopenaccess).