FOSTER Open Science Handbook and Roadmap for Training Practices

FOSTER releases two major resources on Open Science Training

The FOSTER Plus project has released two interesting resources on open science training: the Open Science Training Handbook and the  Roadmap for Implementing Open Science Training Practices in Research Institutions

The FOSTER Open Science Handbook, now available on Gitbook, is the result of an intensive booksprint organised by the project at TIB Hannover in February 2018. 14 writers created this impressive resource  of interest for all those who engage in training and education about Open Science. The book deals with all major topics (such as open access and research data management, open licensing, open source software, open workflows, policies, …) as well as some theoretical background and practical guidance on how to organise open science training.

The end result is a very readable manual, divised in comprehensive chapters, cleverly illustrated by Patrick Hochstenbach.  The Open Science Training Handbook is an Open Educational Resource, and is therefore available under the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0 1.0 Universal).

Available at: (also available as PDFePub and Mobi), to comment and to suggest changes, and at, which is a citable DOI refering to a archived dump of the book.


FOSTER has also released a Roadmap for Implementing Open Science Training Practices in Research Institutions (available on Zenodo: Publication of the brief follows a European Commission report which found that many researchers were unaware of what  Open Science means,  how to put Open Science  into practice, and what training opportunities were available to them.

The shift to open science can be promoted via:

  1. Promote change by advocating skills acquisition and learning
  2. Support change through access to training materials and courses
  3. Motivate change by providing recognition and reward.


The roadmap outlines a range of practical actions that stakeholders can take to support the uptake of open science practices in all disciplines, and points towards FOSTER resources that might be helpful:

  1. Improve quality & capacity of Open Science training
  2. Integrate Open Science content in researcher training
  3. Tailor Open Science resources to research disciplines
  4. Support & promote Open Science skills acquisition
  5. Lobby for change at all levels
  6. Recognise & reward Open Science skills


Gwen Franck

Open Access Programme Coordinator at EIFL - Electronic Information for Libraries / Open Access Project Officer at LIBER - Association of European Research Libraries

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