Teaching: 20 min
Exercises: 0 min
  • How can we ease writing out research results along the way?
  • How can we openly share articles, code, and data in all phases of the research process?
  • Understand that the research lifecycle is an iterative process
  • Understand how to streamline your research work by using every opportunities to share and make publicly available all phases of your research process

Document your work to realize the full benefit of Open Science

To embrace Open Science is like to lay the foundation of your scientific work on a cooperative process, and to use many different ways for disseminating the results of your research to be as inclusive as possible.

Achieving this requires an open approach at all stages of the research and assumes that you have identified the key actors i.e. your target audience.

Since this target may evolve, it is important to choose tools that can facilitate the access to your research and not only the final results as you would when publishing in a “traditional” article in a scientific journal.

One crucial aspect is to be able to reproduce your research but is not an end in itself.

Actually, it would be highly beneficial to also document the successive steps and methods that lead to the published conclusions.

Not only would this allow one to fully understand the approach followed but it should foster new ideas and/or raise questions that should lead to further developments, beyond your original work.

That is what Science is all about, isn’t it?

In addition to showing-off successful research, maybe would it also be useful to comment on dead-ends and/or failures so that others can understand where you are getting from and perhaps offer solutions you had not envisaged.

This is why it is important to keep track of everything, as one would do for instance in a laboratory notebook, and to share it through different channels (blog, twitter, conferences, workshops, etc.).

Ideally, this process should not require much more time and/or efforts.

In this workshop, we aim at giving you a few tips towards Open Science and at exploring tools to convert your well documented notebook into various formats suited for disseminating your research through different media.

We are going to use JupyterLab as a research environment where it will be possible to write texts and codes to process data and produce plots, then modify all these in an “agile” process where others can be involved all the way, instead of magically publishing THE final result.

With practice, the time it takes to document reproducible research decreases and the benefit for your own research increases.


We won’t give you a full overview of all the tools that could facilitate you to disseminate their research’s results. We have selected a few tools that can be included in your scientific workflow in the hope it can reduce the time spent in writing and publishing your results.

Key points

  • Open science is simply science.