44 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 296 2018 What is Open Science, and How Can Radical Collaboration Facilitate It? Megan Potterbusch, Data Services Librarian, The George Washington University Open science is a multi-faceted movement serving as a goal and a motivation for many stakeholders, from researchers to information professionals and from funders to the general public. Aspects of open science include: open sharing of research materials such as data and code, collaborative research platforms, crowdsourcing platforms, blogs, open peer review, open educational resources, altmetrics, and more. These diverse aspects can be classified into schools of thought and are emphasized by members of various open-focused communities to different degrees (from intense belief to neutral to opposition in some cases). Regardless of the differences in views between diverse communities and differences in aspects or approaches, each of these forms of open science allows for additional levels of understanding, participation, or both by people external to the group producing the science. In my work as a data services librarian, I serve the current needs of the research community, specific individual researchers, and students, and I support the anticipated needs of future researchers. In this way I must intersect between traditional “librarianship” and “archives” as well as balance the various needs of the university at large. This work includes supporting researchers and students who need to find, manage, share, and/or preserve data. Additionally, data librarianship includes supporting the development of workflows at the university or college level that will support or facilitate better practices in research data management and When working on a project designed to support a heterogeneous community… each collaborator’s expertise and knowledge contributes a small piece of the puzzle until the final product is developed or the goals of the initiative are achieved.
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