Maintained by the Center for Open Science , the Open Science Framework (OSF) is a suite of free and open-source tools that enable research project management through capturing research products throughout the research lifecycle. Once these projects are captured (even data sets) they may be made public and open.
OSF integrates with the scientist's daily workflow as it helps document and archive study designs, materials, and data. OSF facilitates sharing of materials and data within a laboratory or across laboratories as well as transparency of laboratory research by providing a network design that details and credits individual contributions for all aspects of the research process.
OSF is designed to support both private and public workflows. You can keep projects, or individual components of projects, private so that only your project collaborators have access to them.
The central OSF tool (upon which the others revolve) can allow you to do the following:
The OSF central tool is also able to interact with other tools within the scholarly communication landscape.
OSF projects are the largest form of categorization that OSF supports. A project can be an experiment, a lab group, or a paper—anything that has contributing members and files or explanatory texts/images.
Projects include the following elements: