Open Science Coffee

Your Sip of Open Science

In these times of working from home as much as possible, OSCU is hosting online meet-up for OSCU members and others interested in Open Science: OSCoffee (always on a Thursday, 13.00-14.00). These meet-ups are geared to get to know and learn from each other. We are looking to attract a wide audience for the OSCoffees, in particular those who are relatively new to Open Science. So please spread the word and don’t hesitate to bring a friend (and a cup of coffee)! We hope to see you (online) soon!

You can find the schedule of the OSCoffees below. Please note that we will be switching to Zoom from November on. All who registered for a particular session (see links in the program) will receive the necessary information to join the session in advance. So, registration is key!

For upcoming OSCoffees, please help us to set the agenda! In this document, you can indicate which topics you would like to see addressed in future OSCoffees. In the same document, you can also express your interest to host an OSCoffee on a topic of your choice.

Upcoming OSCoffees:
December 17th 13.00-14.00
Preprints and Open Access Publishing
Host: Sander van der Laan (OSCU Faculty Ambassador – Faculty of Medicine)
This OSCoffee will focus on #preprints and #openaccess publishing. What are #preprints and why would you publish #openaccess? The COVID19 pandemic was an accelerator of #preprint publishing with an average of ±35 publications per day. But what about the quality of those #preprints? Likewise the #openaccess publishing is on a rise since policies changed and it is now further accelerated to facilitate COVID19 knowledge dissemination for vaccin and drug development. We will discuss the progress and show you how to publish #preprints and #openaccess. Please register here.

*OSCoffee will be back after the holidays!*

Previous OSCoffees

OSCoffee #1 – April 3rd 15.00-16.00
Using Gitbook for your course materials
Host: Caspar van Lissa (Faculty of Social Sciences), materials available here
Are you scrambling to transition your course to a digital format? Consider using a Gitbook for your course materials. You can update the contents at any time, allowing you to add tutorial instructions or correct mistakes while the course is ongoing, without requiring students to download it from Blackboard.

OSCoffee #2 – April 17th 15.00-16.00
Open Science in times of Corona: what YOU can do!
Host: Jeroen Sondervan (UU Open Science program), materials available here
The current crisis has brought about an unprecedented level of openness in scientific publishing and collaboration. At the same time, a great deal of relevant scientific information is still behind paywalls. What can the research community do to make relevant information publicly available?

OSCoffee #3 – April 24th 15.00-16.00
How to make your data FAIR?
Host: UU Research Data Management Support (Jacques Flores, Martine de Vos & Felix Weijdema), materials available here
The FAIR data principles are guiding principles on how to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. In this session, the principles are explained and translated into practical information for researchers. Background information and guidelines on FAIR data can be found here at the webpage of UU Research Data Management Support.

OSCoffee #4 – May 1st 15.00-16.00
FAIR and Open Software
Host: Anna-Lena Lamprecht (Faculty of Science), materials available here
You have probably heard about “FAIR data”. But what about the software that researchers use to work with data. Should it also be FAIR? Can it be FAIR? During this OSCoffee we will discuss similarities and differences of data and software, and some simple things that you can do to make your software FAIR(er).

OSCoffee #5 – May 8th 15.00-16.00
Open reference management, open access publishing, and data sharing
Host: Friedemann Polzin (Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance), materials available here
Managing the research and publication process openly is challenging mainly due to additional investments into personal infrastructure. In this edition of the OSCoffee I would like to share my experiences mainly with using open reference management, but also open access publishing and data sharing to make your open workflow more efficient.

OSCoffee #6 – May 15th 15.00-16.00
JASP: Open statistical software for education and research
Host: Herbert Hoijtink (Faculty of Social Sciences), materials available here
JASP is a free, open source software program to conduct both Frequentist and Bayesian statistical analyses. It is user-friendly, fast and versatile. Herbert Hoijtink will go through the basics, and make such a compelling case for JASP that you will never use SPSS, STATA or any other corporate statistical software ever again! P.s. the acronym stands for Jeffreys’s Amazing Statistics Program, in recognition of Bayesian pioneer Sir Harold Jeffreys.

OSCoffee #7 – May 29th 15.00-16.00
Registered Reports: The file drawer wars, episode III
Host: Esther Plomp (TUDelft), materials available here
Registered Reports are a publication format that prevents the publication bias of negative results and questionable research practises (such as low statistical power and selective reporting of results). In this session we’ll discuss if this format can be applied to your research and how you can get started. Also, this OSCoffee features two use-cases, by OSCU members Jonas Wachner and Anita Eerland, who will share their experience with Registered Reports. You can find more information here:

OSCoffee #8 – June 5th 15.00-16.00
Getting started with version control via GitHub
Host: Laura Dijkhuizen (Faculty of Science) , materials available here
Are you working on scripts or code for data analyses, or any other kind of text for that matter, then you likely keep different versions of your files. Perhaps that looks like so: script_v1.R script_v2.R script_FINAL.R script_FINAL_FINAL.R etcetera… In all of these files, you may have lost when you changed what and above all why… Who really keeps a lab journal when they are writing code? If this sounds familiar, you may benefit from version control with Github, a system to keep track of changes and why they were made. In this session I will explain shortly what version control is, how it works, and get you started with GitHub. 

OSCoffee #9 – June 12th 15.00-16.00
Open Post Academic Careers
Host: Lena Karvovskaya (VU Amsterdam), materials available here
In this session, we address career options for people who are interested in open science and consider a nonacademic career. We believe that open science values go way beyond the walls of the universities. Leaving academia doesn’t mean disconnecting from these values. There are many ways to enjoy science and to share experience and knowledge with other people. Lena Karvovskaya (VU Amsterdam library), Tess Korthout (The Hyve), and Mirjam Hachem (Body & Energy) will share their stories and the lessons they learned while doing a PhD and after. We will also share some resources for open scientists inside and outside of the ivory tower.

OSCoffee #10 – June 19th 15.00-16.00
Your Personal Science: Everything you wanted to say about science, but were afraid to share.
Host: Frank Miedema, Judith de Haan, Tom Peijsters, Susanna Bloem (Open Science Programme Team, Utrecht University)
An interactive session aimed at sharing personal experiences within academia. Which points of improvement do you encounter and what positive experiences do you have? In other words: Science, what’s in it for you?

OSCoffee #11 – June 26th 15.00-16.00
Global Perspectives and experiences in Open Science
Host: Mary Felix, Bianca Kramer, Jeroen Bosman (Utrecht University Library), materials available here
The promises of open science go beyond our geographical space. Many UU researchers are engaged in collaborative research around the world and researchers from around the world based in UU are doing the same. We also see this in the now ongoing urgent global research around the Covid-19
pandemic. The importance of global collaboration is also reflected In the UU Strategic Vision of 2020-2025, which is gearing towards a global university.
Inspired by this awareness we cannot help but ask ourselves: what role does OS play in these collaborations? What global encounters in OS can we bring home to enrich our journey here at UU? Importantly what is your perspective about this? How can OS contribute to achieving the strategic
goal for a global University?
In this OScoffee session led by Jeroen Bosman, Bianca Kramer and Mary Felix you shall hear from several UU researchers on their interesting experiences on applying OS at a global setting. You will also get to share your perspectives, challenges, successes, foreseeable barriers or potential
networks towards applying OS globally.
This will be a conversation intended coffee session and seeing the global nature of this talk we would be glad if you would bring along one or more of your like-minded friends/colleagues/co-authors or even invite an international acquaintance. We look forward to bursting the proverbial Open Science bubble with you. See you then!

OSCoffee #12 – July 3rd 15.00-16.00
Open Science in Grant Proposals
Host: Maria Cruz (NWO), materials available here
Researcher funders play a crucial role in promoting Open Science, typically by implementing policies that aim to increase public access to scholarly outputs. These policies are often motivated by ethical, moral and utilitarian arguments. But what’s in it for you the researcher? This session will start by taking a brief look at what NWO does in the area of Open Science. Partly inspired by the paper “How open science helps researchers succeed” by Erin C McKiernan et al. (2016,, we will then take a researcher-centric approach in outlining the benefits of open research practices. We will look at examples of best practice and how to practice open science within the evolving academic incentives frameworks. There will be opportunity for discussion, and for sharing tips and ideas. Please come prepared to share!

OSCoffee #13 – October 8th 13.00-14.00
Welcome to OSCU!
Host: OSCU
OSCoffee is back! This first session of the year will all about OSCU. Who are we? What do we do? Why should you join? We will introduce the rationale and possibilities of our community and the OSCU team of Faculty Ambassadors will present itself. Interesting for new members of OSCU and OSCU veterans alike.

OSCoffee #14 – November 5th 13.00-14.00
Opportunities and obstacles for Open Science in YOUR Faculty
Host: OSCU Faculty Ambassadors
In this session, we would like to hear from YOU! What are the opportunities and obstacles your encounter in your discipline or faculty regarding Open Science practices. You can discuss these issues with your Faculty Ambassador in a break-out room, so he/she can bring this up at your Faculty Open Science Team.

OSCoffee #15 – November 19th 13.00-14.00
Open Science and Preregistration: A multidisciplinary view
Host: Diogo Geraldes (OSCU Faculty Ambassador REBO), in collaboration with the Leibniz Institute for Psychology
In recent years, more and more scientists are preregistering their studies. Should you too? In this OSCoffee, we will tackle questions such as, for example, “Why is preregistration important for the scientific process?”, “Why should I preregister my work?”, “Do preregistrations help in getting published?”, “Do I have to pay to preregister my study?”. To this end, we will provide both economics and psychology perspectives, as well as offer you a hands-on experience by walking you through two different preregistration platforms. Please register here.

OSCoffee #16 – December 3rd 13.00-14.00
What Open Science can do for YOU! (rewards and recognition)
Speaker: Hélène Verheije (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Rewards and Recognition working group UU Open Science Programme)
Host: Karin Sanders (OSCU Faculty Ambassador – Veterinary Medicine)
Knowing how we can improve and implement Open Science practices is all very well, but sometimes we wonder: what can Open Science do for us?! In this OSCoffee session we will focus on the Rewards and Recognition aspect of Open Science. We will talk about why Open Science is not “just” something that will improve scientific research, but can also help you succeed as researcher. Please register here.