Empirical disciplines have been experiencing ongoing methodological reorientation toward more transparency and open research practices. As a consequence, a series of methods were proposed to increase scientific integrity. Open science practices include preregistration, replication research, publishing open access, and sharing data, research material and code.
The Open Science Community Amsterdam is part of the larger open science community network in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Open science communities are an initiative to create a platform for researchers and students from all faculties and academic levels to subscribe to the open science philosophy, talk and learn about open science practices, and get concrete advice and help on how to apply them in their research projects.
Become an OSCA Member
We encourage members from all faculties of the UvA to join the Open Science Community Amsterdam. As a member of the Open Science Community you will be listed on our website with your name, email address and the faculty that you are associated with. In addition, you can choose whether you want to receive information about upcoming events that are organized by us. If you would like to join the Open Science Community Amsterdam fill out the form below:
Coming Soon: OSCA @ Vrije Universiteit
From January onwards the OSCA will be represented at the Vrije Universiteit! Supported by the university library, OSCA will organize events, workshops and a ReprodocibiliTea journal club. Are you interested in getting involved? Then contact us at email@example.com.
Workshop (December 2-3, 2019)
Computational Skills for Life Sciences
Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.
Time and Location
December 2-3, at 09:00 – 17:00. REC C.305 (Monday) and REC C2.06 (Tuesday).
You can register for this workshop via: https://scienceparkstudygroup.github.io/2019-12-03-SWC-Amsterdam/.
Talk (December 13, 2019)
Rewarding Quality Research Instead of Significant Results (by Chris Chambers)
Registered Reports are a cornerstone of open science; they help us refocus on good theory, scientific relevance and robust methods, instead of “sexy” and significant results. In this lecture, organized by the Open Science Community Amsterdam (OSCA) and the Student Initiative for Open Science (SIOS), Chris Chambers will share his experience in implementing the Registered Reports format in the journal Cortex as a way to improve transparency and reproducibility and to prevent publication bias.
Chris Chambers is a professor of cognitive neuroscience at Cardiff University, he is the chair of the Registered Reports committee and a well-known open science advocate. He is also the author of the popular textbook “Seven Deadly Sins of Psychology”. In this upcoming lecture, he will discuss how Registered Reports were implemented in scientific journals, how this impacted psychological science and what’s next.
Time and Location
December 13, at 13:00 – 14:00. Roeterseiland Campus (building A, room A 1.02).
ReproducibiliTea (December 16, 2019)
Journal Club meeting
Would you like to learn more about Open Science and discuss current topics in a friendly atmosphere over a cup of tea and a sandwich? Our ReproducibiliTea journal club is meant as a meeting of people who want to discuss papers on and issues surrounding open science and the replication crisis. Each session will begin with an introduction to the paper by a rotating discussion leader – so you can also join if you only skimmed the paper. Then we will continue with a discussion of the paper and connected topics, like any journal club. We are looking forward to meeting you and discussing all things open science with you!
Heesen, R. & Bright, L. K. (2019). Is peer review a good idea? British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, axz029.
The Black Goat Podcast Episode 62: Simine flips out. You can find it here https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/simine-flips-out/id1217953035?i=1000443546098 or here http://www.theblackgoatpodcast.com
Time and Location
December 16, at 13:00 – 14:00. Roeterseiland Campus (building G, room S.07).
Sign up for the ReproducibiliTea Journal Club
Office Hours and Contact
During our consulting times we provide researchers with advice on the preregistration of experiments, data storage and sharing, and workflow. We are open to students and researchers at all levels.
We are open on Thursdays between 10.00 an 12.00. Our office is located at Roeterseiland Campus of the University of Amsterdam, building G, room REC-G 0.30. We recommend researchers who would like to receive advice to make an appointment with us ahead of time via firstname.lastname@example.org.