Surveying awareness of and attitudes towards open research practices across disciplines

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05 Dec 2019

Surveying awareness of and attitudes towards open research practices across disciplines

Submitted by Tom Johnstone


Meeting objectives: 

Much attention has focussed on improving infrastructure for various aspects of open science, including data sharing, code sharing, and open access publication. Yet anecdotally, the take up of open science practices is slow even when and where a high quality of infrastructure is in place. Some survey data has been collected on attitudes and perceived barriers to open science practices, with notable publications reporting findings and suggesting how uptake of open research can be improved in North America and Europe. Such barriers may include aspects such as worry about being "scooped", fears that the role of creativity in research will be diminished, lowering of scientific standards, non-acceptance by peers and seniors/supervisors, uncertainty regarding data privacy and ethics, and misunderstanding of key aspects of open research practice.

This meeting aims to gather further community input on attitudes and perceived barriers to open research, across a range of discliplines. An openly available survey recently created and administered at Swinburne University of Technology will be used as starting point for discussion,

The aim is to assess the interest and perceived value in administering a version of the survey across a wider range of institutions to help identify barriers that need to be addressed if open research practices are to become more widely accepted and adopted.

Meeting agenda: 

1. Introduction to the topic: addressing perceived barriers and attitudes to open science

2. Brief presentation of Swinburne Open Science Survey and summary of results, with discussion

3. Discussion and gauging of interest in wider administration of the survey, including

  • other similar surveys that might be combined
  • changes that can be made to improve and make the survey more widely applicable
  • potential problems in administering such surveys (ethical, practical)
  • discussion of creating a special interest group or working group to collate and coordinate reporting of results
  • any other points of interest
Type of Meeting: 
Informative meeting
Short introduction describing any previous activities: 

At Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, an Open Science Taskforce has been convened that reports to the DVC(Research, with the aim of collecting information about such barriers among research staff and students, with the view to improving the uptake of open science. We recently administered a survey across the university, with responses from a range of academic disciplines and career stages from ECRs to senior academics. We have recently reported some preliminary findings from the survey at the inaugural meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Meta-Research and Open Science (AIMOS) Melbourne, as well as at an informal Melbourne ARDC sponsored user group on eResearch and Data Management.

The survey has been made available on the Open Science Framework (https://osf.io/bk8y7/) under a CC-BY licence in the hope that more institutions will administer a version of the survey so that information can be collated from a geographically and disciplinarily broader sample, and assist institutions, organisations/research communities, such as the ARDC and RDA to support greater uptake of open science practices.

Remote participation availability (only for physical Plenaries): 
Yes
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