Open Science training resources

If you are interested in learning more about the Open Science, there are many videos, tutorials, guides and articles available in the internet. In this page, we have collected some suggestions useful for researchers, students, librarians, press officers and Open Science "enthusiasts".

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Advanced training program on Open Science in English. Designed following a pragmatic approach, FOSTER offers a wide range of multimedia courses and activities. At the end of each course, participants can claim a digital badge. In addition to the training, the FOSTER portal also displays other information and content on Open Science: bibliographic resources (in different languages) and an updated list of Open Science events organised in different European countries. The choice of courses is very varied and some of the topics proposed specialized. We set up a proposal of a training programme for doctoral students or beginning learners that includes the most relevant aspects of Open Science. Our proposal for a first insight into the Open Science, is as follows:


  • What is Open Science?
  • Introduction to Open Science
  • Open Access Publishing
  • Open Licensing
  • Managing and Sharing Research Data
  • Data Protection and Ethics
  • Open Source Software and Workflows
  • Sharing preprints
  • Open Peer Review
  • Open Science and Innovation
  • Open Access to Publications in Horizon 2020



Currently, the MOOC includes two modules; other are under construction. It is run by young researchers and experts in Open Science, who are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge and experience with their colleagues and therefore aim to provide very practical and functional guidance as well as transmitting their engagement and dedication to making the principles of Open Science “happen”. Each module ends with a verification test; after the successful completion, it is possible to request a certificate of completion. Active interaction with the organisers and the Open Science Mooc community for exchange/request of information or any type of feedback is welcome!


MODULE 1 : Open Principles

MODULE 5: Open Research Software and Open Source

  • What is Open Science?
  • Introduction 
  • What is Open Science?
  • History of Open Science and Open Cultures
  • Differences in understanding and interpretation of Open Science
  • Open Scientists share objects to gain network effects for their work
  • Principles of Open Science
  • The different dimensions of Open Science
  • How Open Science impacts you
  • Creating your digital profile
  • Barriers and limitations in Open Science
  • Open Science and reproducible research
  • Making Open Science part of your daily research workflow
  • The next parts of your Open Science adventure


MANTRA - research data management

Free, online course with guidelines on how to manage the digital data collected throughout a research lifetime by post-graduate students, early career researchers, and also information professionals. Through a series of eight interactive online units it is possible to learn about terminology, key concepts, and best practice in research data management:


  • Nature of research data in a variety of disciplinary settings
  • Data management plan creation and implementation
  • Effective data files management and archiving
  • Data formats and transformation
  • Metadata standards and data citation
  • Data storage and transportation
  • Legal and ethical requirements for managing data about human subjects; intellectual property rights
  • Sharing, preserving and licensing data for re-use
  • Data handling skills in one of four software environments: R, SPSS, NVivo, or ArcGIS