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<p><img alt="enter image description here" src="http://i.imgur.com/UnIGIvv.png"></p> <hr> <h2><strong>What is it?</strong></h2> <p><strong>OSF Institutions</strong> is a free scholarly web tool that enhances transparency, fosters collaboration, and increases the visibility of research outputs at the institutional level.</p> <p>The <a href="http://cos.io" rel="nofollow">Center for Open Science</a> is partnering with research institutions to create central hubs for affiliated research projects on a branded, dedicated OSF page for each organization. Single sign-on authentication creates a seamless and integrated framework that accommodates custom research workflows and streamlines data management.</p> <p>Learn more about why Institutions are adopting the OSF and how they are extending it to connect local services in <a href="https://osf.io/xntwg/" rel="nofollow">these overview slides</a>. </p> <p>This fantastic page from the libraries at Johns Hopkins (<a href="https://dataservices.library.jhu.edu/resources/osf-for-jhu/" rel="nofollow">Open Science Framework (OSF) for JHU – FAQs</a>) helps explain to researchers what role OSF can play in their research and how it relates to the other offerings at JHU. We recommend it as a model for other institutions rolling out OSF Institutions.</p> <p>Learn more about affiliating projects on the OSF in our <a href="http://help.osf.io/m/os4i/l/533260-how-to-affiliate-your-research-on-the-osf" rel="nofollow">OSF Guides</a></p> <p>See who is already using <a href="https://osf.io/institutions" rel="nofollow"><strong>OSF Institutions</strong></a></p> <h2><strong>Ready to get started?</strong></h2> <p>Submit information to create an OSF Institutions page for your research institution using </p> <p><strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSP6hZceZW5Kyt5iOeBOn0NzowjDyle0QImWTxS6co5uJSkA/viewform" rel="nofollow">This form</a></strong> </p> <p>and the following information:</p> <p><a href="https://osf.io/xa8bu/" rel="nofollow">Requirements and Offer of Services letter</a></p> <p><a href="https://osf.io/sxhpt/" rel="nofollow">Single Sign-On (SSO) technical details</a> ---&gt;[if your organization does not provide a central authorization service based on email, you can still use OSF Institutions based simply on email domain permissions. <a href="https://cos.io/contact/" rel="nofollow">Contact us</a> for more details] ____</p> <h2>Key Benefits for your institution</h2> <ul> <li>Provide <strong>visibility</strong> for ongoing and unpublished research</li> <li>Have <strong>insight</strong> and data on research collaboration</li> <li>Serve as a commons for <strong>interdisciplinary</strong> research</li> <li>Have an <strong>access</strong> point to public and private <strong>research workflows</strong></li> <li>Evaluate <strong>impact</strong> of research investment beyond citations</li> <li><strong>Connect</strong> services and eliminate silos</li> <li>and...</li> </ul> <p><strong>Connect, organize, and document research</strong> </p> <p>The OSF integrates data repositories, study registries, computational services, and other services researchers use into a single workflow. This increases accessibility and usability, and reproducibility simultaneously, while reducing time spent tracking down and collecting data sources.</p> <p><strong>Manage projects</strong> </p> <p>Researchers create projects, add content, and document the activities of labs, teams or larger consortia of researchers around the world. Built-in version control, granular privacy controls, integrations with other services, and citable persistent identifiers streamline researcher workflows and incentivize sharing. </p> <p><strong>Share work</strong> </p> <p>The OSF makes transparency and collaborating easy and can be tailored to individual needs. Share work publicly, only with collaborators, or provide access to select groups. Customizable permissions allow you to share what you want, when you want, with whom you want, and ensure that private content stays private. </p> <p><strong>Preserve for the future</strong></p> <p>OSF provides highly secure, redundant archiving services for confident preservation of research materials and data.</p> <p><strong>Promotion and Outreach</strong></p> <p>Once your institution adopts OSF Instituions we have these suggested promotion steps for promoting it's availability:</p> <ol> <li>COS sends an email to all existing OSF users at your institution about the availability of OSF single sign-on and project affiliation options</li> <li>Your institutional representative gets trained as an <a href="https://cos.io/involved_participate/#tab_1" rel="nofollow">COS Ambassador</a></li> <li>Institution Rep/Ambassador conducts selected outreach to identified pilot groups that can utilize the OSF for existing or new projects, or just to test out use cases that are of interest</li> <li>Once the institutional landing page reaches ~10 public projects affiliated, the institution sends an email announcement to faculty/students making them aware of the service and it's benefits</li> <li>COS conducts a webinar and/or <a href="https://cos.io/our-services/training-services/" rel="nofollow">on-site workshop</a> for your institution to introduce the OSF and basic workflows, benefits, and research best practices to the wider community</li> <li>Your institution thens conducts regular local seminars or events that include the OSF and other research services</li> </ol> <p>These milestones have been the most effective, but ultimately each institution will differ in how to complete effective outreach.</p> <p>For more information, please contact us at <a href="http://cos.io/contact" rel="nofollow">cos.io/contact</a></p>
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