We collect and share concepts that can be used to support researchers in the uptake of Open Science practices, that have already proven to be useful. Below we are working on a collection of these. You can also find best practices of researchers undertaking Open Science as an inspiration for others. We would love to get pointers from you for this as well.

Inspiring reads:

From this ACOS project:

A Collection of Open Science Use Cases

Three perspectives on Open Science in research assessment

Answers to five questions about FAIR data

From others:

Guide to Creative Commons Licences

Engaging Researchers with Data Management: The Cookbook

Policy Needs to Go Hand in Hand with Practice: The Learning and Listening Approach to Data Management. Data Science Journal, 18: 45, pp. 1–11.  Cruz, M, Dintzner, N, Dunning, A, van der Kuil, A, Plomp, E, Teperek, M, Turkyilmaz-van der Velden, Y and Versteeg, A. 2019. 

UU RDM Stories

A collection of RDM practices;

Open working

A blog where the TUDelft data stewards share their experiences and keep you updated about their work.

RDM stories: what do researchers say?

What do VU researchers say about the meaning of Research Data Management for their research work?

A FAIRy tale 

A fake story in a trustworthy guide to the fair principles for research data;


A Collection of Research Integrity  initiatives; 

Inspiring Institutional Open Science Programmes:

TU Delft
In November 2019 TU Delft launched its Open Science Programme 2020-2024: ‘Research and Education in the Open Era’. During these four years, the university hopes to achieve making open research and education a standard of scientific practice.
The TU Delft Open Science Programme 2020-2024 will facilitate and stimulate scientists to embed the principles of open science in their work. The programme consists of five interrelated projects: Open Education, Open Access, Open Publishing Platform, FAIR Data & Software. Three cross cutting themes essential for its successful implementation will also be addressed: appropriate rewards and recognition for Open Science practices, building successful collaboration with industry, and skills development. In addition, the programme will also explore the role of citizen science for the TU Delft and the feasibility of an open science lab.

The full programme can be downloaded here.

Utrecht University
Utrecht University currently runs an Open Science Programme from 2019-2021. UU wants to promote open science as part of its promise to make science more open and even more reliable, efficient and relevant to society. The UU Open Science Programme is centered around the following four topics: Rewards and Incentives, Open Access, Fair Data & Software and Public Engagement.

Read the most recent version here. There is also a dedicated website, where practices and outcomes are being shared.

Tilburg University
The Tilburg University Action Plan for Open Science has been written as a part of the university’s strategy for the years 2018-2021. The Action Plan mentions the following concrete actions: to experiment with Open Science Labs, establish an Open Access fund, developing an Open Science skills training and start a Tilburg University Open Science Network.

Read the Action Plan here.

Inspiring Networks:

Dutch Open Science Communities

Researchers at various Dutch Universities have started local Open Science Communities at their respective Universities. In these communities, researchers learn, share and discuss Open Science practices. They organise workshops and symposia, and foster knowledge exchange amongst peers. The Dutch Open Science communities are rapidly expanding and are well connected to each other and related international initiatives. Most of these communities are currently not sustainable, as they rely on the voluntary efforts of the researchers that coordinate the respective communities (no budget).

Software Carpentries

Different universities in The Netherlands are already involved in the Carpentries project, which  comprises the Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry, and Library Carpentry communities of instructors, trainers, maintainers, helpers, and supporters who share a mission to teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers. The carpentries-nl mailing list is the forum for sharing information in this network.

DTL programmers meeting

DTL programmers meetings are regular events organised by SURF, DTL and eScience center to bring together research software engineers (RSEs) to share their expertise. The topics of these meetings can be very diverse: from very specific (how to use a specialist tool in a given domain) to very general (best practices for sharing software).


ReproducibiliTea journal clubs help early career researchers build a local community of ECRs interested in open and reproducible research. It can be very isolating to be one of the few within a research group, or department, that are actively engaged or interested in improving research practices. ReproducibiliTea helps researchers who want to change this.

Data Champions

The network of  Data Champions provide local expertise and promote good research data management (RDM) within their departments and faculties at TU Delft.


The Dutch research software engineering (RSE) community of professionals who care about good software and good research. NL-RSE aims at bringing together people in this type of role who are spread across multiple silos within Dutch research organisations.

OS Barcamp

The Barcamp Open Science is traditionally organised at Wikimedia in Berlin. The barcamp is open to anyone interested in open Science and brings together both novices and experts. Its open format supports lively discussions, interesting presentations, development of new ideas, and knowledge exchange. The barcamp is open to all topics around Open Science that the participants like to discuss.  

The idea is to organise Open Science Barcamps in NL as well: The  Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science is interested in creating a network of Barcamps;

Inspiring other initiatives;

The FAIR principles are a concept which originated in data management. They have served as a flagship for promoting good data management practices, but until recently they were not directly applicable to software. provides a series of recommendations for improving the quality of software in line with the FAIR principles.

Open Office 

Weekly  Open Consultation for Research Data Management at the Universität zu Köln

KB Lab

The KB Lab of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands showcases tools that are built for and by users of our digital collections. Next to this, datasets that are derived from research projects or are experimental representations of the KB Delpher collections are made public.

Open Science training:

Open Science MOOC

A MOOC designed to help equip students and researchers with the skills they need to excel in a modern research environment. It brings together the efforts and resources of hundreds of researchers and practitioners who have all dedicated their time and experience to create a community to help propel research forward.


Open Science training

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