Open Research Training Workshops

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Program overview

The International Committee of Open Phytolith Science (ICOPS) organised a series of workshops in Open Research Skills open to everyone. We used examples and case studies from plant-related palaeoscience fields (e.g., archaeobotany, palaeoecology) but most of the talks and exercises are general and therefore useful for all researchers. The workshops consisted of a combination of short introduction talks, discussions, demonstrations and hand-on exercises. Documents, slides and videos are provided for each session.

Courses in this program

  • Open access publishing

    Understand the difference between open access options and the range of research outputs that can be made open access.

  • Using repositories

    Understand how to use a data repository for archiving research output.

  • GitHub basics

    Understand how to use the GitHub web browser interface to set up a working repository, and add and modify files.

  • GitHub collaborative workflows

    Learn how to apply collaborative workflow tools (e.g., fork and branch repositories) in GitHub.

  • Standard vocabularies and ontologies

    Understand the use of standard vocabularies, and particularly ontologies, for interoperability of datasets.

  • FAIR data

    Understand and use the FAIR Phytoliths Project’s FAIR Guidelines for assessing how FAIR a dataset is.


Are there prerequisites?

There are no prerequisites.

How often do the courses run?

Continuously, at your own pace.


This initiative has been funded by EOSC-Life (reference APPID2596). EOSC-Life has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement number 824087.