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Open source science is science accomplished using an open source methodology.

Open source science includes [1]:

  • Transparency in experimental methodology, observation, and collection of data (e.g. MOST methods)
  • Public availability and reusability of that scientific data (e.g. the OSOTF)
  • Public accessibility and transparency of scientific communication.
  • Using web-based tools to facilitate scientific collaboration.
  • Using and developing scientific or engineering open source software and open source hardware for use in doing science

See Building research equipment with free, open-source hardware[2] and Open-source Lab

To calculate the value of open source development for science see: Quantifying the Value of Open Source Hardware Development

Open source scientific software[edit]

Organized by discipline, gallery with screen shot and link. Use Open source engineering software to start but looking primarily for things like this

Open source scientific hardware[edit]

Open source scientific hardware is open source hardware used by scientists to do research or for education. This gallery and associated sub-pages are an extension of the book the Open Source Lab, which is about how to make scientific equipment following open source principles. Click on the hyperlinks under the images in this index to go to pages with hundreds of examples.

Open-source scientific hardware collections and resources
NIH 3D Print Exchange - 3D-printable Custom Labware  
3D printable science equipment - 3D print your lab  
3D printable science equipment page 2 - more 3D prints for your lab  
Open Source Optics Library - and your optics lab  
Michigan Tech's Open Sustainability Technology Lab's efforts in open source hardware  
Open-source syringe pump - Parametric library of web-controlled open-source syringe pumps  
Flypi - Portable device for microscopy, thermo and optogenetic experiments [2]  
GaudiLabs- Swiss Fab Lab making low cost lab instruments  
OpenTrons - Open source fluid handling  
Plasmatron - OpenTrons derivative for semi-automated culture of malaria parasites  
IOrodeo - company making open source science instruments  
Cambridge JIC - 3D printable programmable digital microscope  
Open Source Imaging, NMR, MRI, EMF  
Open Behavior FOSH for animal behavior and cognition  
Openly Published Environmental Sensing Lab at OSU- rain catchment, wind vane, soil moisture, etc.  
Arduino - a class of open source microcontrollers useful for automating equipment  
Raspberry Pi - credit-card sized computer running Linux  
Red Pitaya - open source measurement and control tool  
OpenLabTools - University of Cambridge initiative in open source hardware for science  
Tekla Lab - Berkley's initiative for a library of open source DIY quality scientific lab equipment  
Sensorica - an Open Value Network providing sensing and automation solutions.  
Hackteria - webplatform and collection of Open Source Biological Art Projects  
Open Solar Outdoors Test Field - Solar photovoltaic testing  
Open Source Physiology Lab- 3D printing physiology equipment  
open ephys works on open-source electrophysiology  
Backyard Brains - neuroscience experiment kits for DIY electrophysiology  
Open-source scientific hardware by discipline
Open Science can save the planet
Open-source Lab

Open access scientific repositories[edit]

List - with link and brief description

  • Public Library of Science(PLoS) - nonprofit scientific and medical publishing venture that provides scientists and physicians with high-quality, high-profile journals in which to publish their most important work.
  • BioMed Central - BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model.
  • OpenWetWare - OpenWetWare is an effort to promote the sharing of information, know-how, and wisdom among researchers and groups who are working in biology & biological engineering.
  • SlideShare - A way to share presentations, documents, professional videos and open lecture materials.
  • CC0- Creative Commons - CC0 enables scientists, educators, artists and other creators and owners of copyright or database-protected content, to waive those interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain.
  • Science 3.0 - Science 3.0 combines the hypothesis based inquiry of laboratory science with the methods of social science research. The website is a community where those interested in the advancement of research can share ideas, tools and build connections.
  • arXiv by Cornell University Library - Open access to over a million e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics
  • HAL - HAL is a multi-disciplinary open access archive for the deposit and dissemination of scientific research papers, whether they are published or not, and for PhD dissertation sponsored by the French government. The documents may come from teaching and research institutions in France or abroad, or from public or private research centers.
  • SSRN (Social Science Research Network) - SSRN is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.
  • - is a place to share and follow research
  • Mendeley - Free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research
  • ResearchGate - For Scientists: Connect with researchers, make your work visible and stay current
  • Alfresco - Browser-based platform for social content management and collaboration

Open scientific collaboration[edit]



  • The Open Source Science Project OSSP- platform where academic researchers from around the world collaborate to propose and conduct basic research projects with the support of funding provided by the broader online community
  • Open Science Framework- open collaboration of scientists to increase the alignment between scientific values and scientific practices.
  • Open Science Grid - The Open Science Grid (OSG) advances science through open distributed computing. The OSG is a multi-disciplinary partnership to federate local, regional, community and national cyberinfrastructures to meet the needs of research and academic communities at all scales.
  • Open Source Ecology - is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters building the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS). GVCS is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts.
  • Science 3.0 - Science 3.0 combines the hypothesis based inquiry of laboratory science with the methods of social science research. The website is a community where those interested in the advancement of research can share ideas, tools and build connections.
  • Personal Genome Project - the Human Genome Project provided the first drafts of nearly complete human genome sequences in 2001 after more than a decade of effort by scientists worldwide. This information is now being used to advance medicine, human biology, and knowledge of human origins.

Crowd sourced scientific funding[edit]

List - with link and brief description

Open access scientific journals[edit]

  • get relevant list and paste from Journals
  • Energy Studies Review, (1991), McMaster University, applied energy policy journal, open access. SJR - 0.025
  • Energy Sustainability and Society - new, Springer Open Journal, Interdisciplinary Forum for Research, Development & Implementation of Sustainable Energy Systems. Style - Harvard

Open source science literature[edit]

For comprehensive list see:


  1. The first four points were adapted from Dan Gezelter "What, exactly, is Open Science?", Posted on July 28, 2009 at
  2. Pearce, Joshua M. 2012. “Building Research Equipment with Free, Open-Source Hardware.Science 337 (6100): 1303–1304. Podcast