Good practices: Overarching themes

Data School

Data School is a platform for applied research of data issues. Jointly with external organisations, our students work on an assignment; they provide our external partners with an exploratory analysis of a data set, investigate the impact of datafication for our partner’s organisation or market and reflect on policy options.


Divvly is an online platform that promotes the publishing of lab-made reagents and scientific materials. Divvly believes that every scientist should have easy access to the right tools. Divvly develops digital applications that interconnect information, processes and people. Divvly saves you time and keep you organized.

Open Science Community Utrecht

Anita Eerland and Loek Brinkman, two researchers at Utrecht University, started the Open Science Community Utrecht (OSCU). This is an inclusive platform to learn and talk about open science. Within three months after its launch in 2018, over 100 researchers joined the community. And with the support of Anita and Loek, already seven open science communities were established at other Dutch universities.

Journal of Trial and Error

Because “In scientific practice, trial and error is a fundamental process of learning and discovery,” students at Utrecht University launched the Journal of Trial and Error. By publishing negative results, the journal tries to overcome the bias towards positive results in publications. But it also invites researchers to share methodological challenges and technical flaws.

Living Room of Science

The Young Academy will launch the interactive platform Living Room of Science to support knowledge on responsible research practices, including Open Science. The first ‘Living Room of Science’ event took place in the fall of 2017 at Utrecht University during the 18th European Conference on Developmental Psychology.

The mission of preregistration is to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of research. This online platform aims to provide an overview of all executed animal studies, including those that remain unpublished and thus, contribute to a reduction of publication bias and unnecessary duplication, thus unnecessary animal use. It allows reviewers and researchers to access additional information on the study design. Finally, this initiative aims to increase awareness and transparency concerning risk of bias and selective outcome reporting, and potentially reduces these biases.

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Open Science Q&A

It is important that sharing information on how to apply open science is made easy and best practices are readily available. A good starter is the international Open Science Q&A