Collaborate - Community Projects
Want to get involved with an Open project but don’t know where to start? Check out the list of awesome projects that are happening in the OpenCon community, and what kinds of help they're looking for. There might be something for you! Want to see your project listed on this page? Submit a request using this form.
Research Funders is pioneering a community based model of dissemination of scientific research by enabling access to funding and logistics, as well as making openly available scientific discoveries and research of great importance. It is conceived of as an online platform for scientific advancement powered by common public interest.
We're based in Hyderabad City, India. We're a team of scientists, designers, and technologists passionate about helping ideas grow. Our mission is to democratize science.
Who is science for? What can it do for the general public? How do we nurture research that has the kind of impact that can change the world? What is the value of science and scientific research? Perhaps most importantly, why is it so important that everyone should have the chance to be a scientist? Our goal is to answer these questions, by bringing together those interested in them.
This project involves building a compute resource/grid for data science researchers in Nigeria. This grid will connect several HPCs and clusters in different locations. This will (1) provide access to tools, programs and open data, a "playground" where data scientists can perform analyses on their data (2) serve as a platform for learning programming/computational skills for data science research (3) a warehouse for storing open data generated within Nigeria institutions. This will be open to all Nigerian Institutions.Read more about getting involved
The main objective of the project "Open Encyclopedia System (OES)" is to develop a standardized web-based open source platform for building and maintaining scientific online encyclopedias, which will be publicly available, free of charge on the internet and accessible worldwide. Its first use cases will be "1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War" and the CeMoG-Encyclopedia on German-Greek Entanglements. The project consortium is carried out of four partners: Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS), Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut (FMI), Center for Modern Greece (CeMoG) all based at the Freie Universität Berlin, as well as the Bavarian State Library (BSB) in Munich.Read more about getting involved
Aletheia is a decentralised and distributed database for scientific research. It provides people an alternative to paywall journals.Read more about getting involved
OATP uses social tagging to capture new developments on open access to research. The OATP mission is (1) to provide a real-time alert service for OA-related news and comment, and (2) to organize knowledge of the field by tag or subtopic. The project publishes a comprehensive primary feed of new OA developments, and hundreds of smaller secondary feeds on OA subtopics, one for each project tag.
The Open Access Tracking Project (OATP) is a project of the Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, operating under the supervision of Peter Suber.
The overwhelming argument I hear from postdocs about not practising open science is that it won't get them a career. This project aims to highlight funding opportunities that reward applicants for working openly, collaboratively and reproducibly. It also aims to save researcher's time by pooling knowledge about funding sources, instead of postdocs, funders and institutions keeping their own siloed spreadsheets. The end outcome? A centralised searchable database of funding opportunities available for postdoctoral researchers, with a website (or other tool) to search and filter the database. A filter would highlight funds available for open researchers.Read more about getting involved
Do you know how things fly? Can you learn it by following links on the first page of Google search? Are open educational resources for reference only?
To help make learning new concepts in science more intuitive, easy and fun, we are designing an interactive open science education course on basic aerodynamics where you learn how things fly by making and flying paper planes and fidgeting with interactive web apps and games - all consolidated by (almost) jargon less content.Read more about getting involved
UAEM's university report card evaluates institutions across given countries in their commitment to access to medicines developed by their academic community and beyond it, innovation in neglected areas of global health, open data and open access, and empowerment of students to address issues of access, innovation and transparency in global health. Grades are given based on data collected directly from universities and compiled through standardized online queries. Availability of and sharing of information pertaining to all metrics is also assessed as an indicator of open education.
Website: www.globalhealthgrades.org (old iteration)Read more about getting involved
The Method is an open source, peer reviewed podcast about the state of science. We are a team of scientists and science-lovers who want to improve the quality, inclusivity, and productivity of our conversations about science.
Just as an open source community can improve the quality of code, we are creating a platform for the scientific community to improve the quality of our conversations about what is working in science and what is not.
Website: http://themethodpodcast.com/Read more about getting involved
I'm involved with a scoping group tasked by the Higher Education Authority through the Department for Education and Skills here in Ireland to create a 9 month project on the topic of ‘Enhancing Research-Led Teaching and Learning in an Open Access Environment’.
The aspect of the project which relates to Open Access was included to allow the project to take account of recent changes in Open Access to research and how that might impact teaching and learning. I'm hoping to get the group to focus on assessing the readiness of academics here in Ireland, and how to improve literacy among students and more academics widely.
It's quite a big step in pushing the Open agenda here so I want to get it right so any help whatsoever is good for me!
We are looking to develop a FLOSS translation tool that allows us to collaboratively translate OER and other documents paragraph-by-paragraph with the possibility of editing and reviewing each translated section before approving it. This would benefit platforms like GitBook, Wikipedia and more as well.
The tool could be centrally hosted or deployed on private servers as needed. A responsive UI with the possibility of making word-by-word suggestions would allow reviewing even on mobile devices. There exist tools for i18n but they don't really suit document translations.Read more about getting involved
We're building a training platform for Open Science in the open. The project is currently in early stages of development.Read more about getting involved
Website: https://rebus.community/Read more about getting involved
Universities and Research Institutions should make their administrative data open to the public in addition to research data. Help us create standards and best practices for that!Read more about getting involved
Dance, theatre, storytelling are a few of the methods young people use to express themselves. What if you could find all these techniques in one place? That place is the Recrear Research Lab – an open access repository of fun participatory action research techniques inspired by the coolest youth projects around the world. The Research Lab is in place for organizations and practitioners to use as well as contribute to with their own techniques.
Website: http://recrearinternational.org/research-lab/Read more about getting involved
The AllTrials Community is a diverse and inclusive group of individuals who care about improving clinical research and medicine. We create and share AllTrials Community Resources including advocacy toolkits, curriculum, presentations, and informational resources. We support each other through the AllTrials Community Forum. We know that advancing better research policies and practices in our communities requires effective communication and strategic advocacy, so we offer free training through the AllTrials Train-the-Trainer Workshop. Participants graduate with the practice, resources, and community of support they need to improve their advocacy skills and to similarly train their peers.Read more about getting involved
At SeeSD, our mission is to promote STEM education in Senegal through Open Educational Resources and hands-on workshops. To this extent, we offer regular STEM hands-on workshops and training opportunities focusing on K-20 students. The first phase of our project is focused on K-12 students; we have offered workshops related to biology, physics, chemistry, environment, design, 3D printing, coding, and electronics. We believe that creating a MOOC platform, with workshops available in local languages will give us the opportunity to expand our audience and foster more learning opportunities for our members and teachers in Senegal.
Website: https://www.seesd.org/Read more about getting involved
This project focuses on Open Archives and Arts. In Europe, there is Europeana.eu, an internet portal that acts as an interface to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe. However, there is no such thing in Asia, and it is necessary for us to have one in Asia, as it gives access to different types of content from different types of heritage/arts institutions. The project will explore the possibility of having arts database in Asia and the importance of having one in Asia, by taking Europeana.eu as the example.Read more about getting involved