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Open Science

Open science is designed to make scientific research, data and dissemination freely accessible, to help to promote transparency, improve reproducibility and accelerate innovation.


The foundations of Open Science are:

  1. Experimental methodologies and data collection techniques that are transparent and reproducible, for example by making code and paradigms freely available.
  2. Scientific data that is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR data principles), via data-sharing infrastructures.
  3. Scientific communication that is clear, transparent and can be freely accessed by the public, for example through open access publications.


Our vision is to develop:

Our vision is to develop a research environment that embodies best recommended practice as default, providing the tools, training and infrastructure that will enable researchers to more easily engage-with, utilise, and benefit-from Open Science initiatives, promoting transparent and reproducible research, and maximising the re-use of data to accelerate innovation and discovery.



We have an Open Science working group who meet regularly and are responsible for developing the Open Science program at the WCHN. Initially, the focus is on delivering results in three key domains:


We are currently developing our protocols forĀ Open Science. Copies of these will be available through the links below once they are finalised. We welcome any comments or feedback.

Open Science
Free and Open Software
Open paradigms