Open Science at the CBU
At the CBU, we are committed to Open Science. We have a dedicated Open Science committee with 15 members from all levels of seniority that meets termly to discuss best practices and future plans to further advance education and implementation of open science practices within and beyond the unit.
All our papers are published as Open Access to ensure our work is available to all fellow scientists as well as interested members of the public. Our publications are available here – Get in touch if you have any trouble accessing them. Moreover, many of our recent papers are available as preprints – This allows wide dissemination and accessibility which often improves papers before the final version is published.
Although we often work with sensitive data, we try to share as much data as possible whilst maintaining and abiding by informed consent. One example is the Cam-CAN data portal, which has made available a very large, deeply phenotyped neuroimaging dataset of healthy individuals – More than 190 research groups across the world have already used this valuable resource. Data requests can be put in through our data portal.
At an institutional level, our Open Science committee has been able to introduce several fundamental changes. Firstly, every new project proposal must now come with a detailed data management plan, that encourages PI’s to think about how to enable maximal data sharing. Secondly, the Open Science committee has facilitated a complete overhaul of our informed consent forms to maximize the possibility of sharing data of current and future studies. Third, we encourage preregistration of new hypothesis-driven analyses whilst recognising the importance of more exploratory analyses in developing new knowledge. Finally, for all published projects (whether the data can be shared or not), we keep an internal data and code repository, so that papers can be reproduced independently after scientists move on to other institutions. Ultimately we hope to be able, subject to data protection conditions, to make our repository fully public.
A fundamental part of our science is the development and application of dedicated neuroimaging, experimental and statistical toolboxes. These toolboxes, as well as more general methods wikis are available here, and are accessed by thousands of researchers across the world each year. At a more finegrained level, several of our more recent papers include full analysis pipelines and code, facilitating wider reuse (e.g. here and here).
Additionally, we have a CBU github page that brings together potentially useful code created at the CBU ranging from small snippets to full-fledged packages.
Open Science education
Within the CBU we regularly hold talks and debates discuss all aspects of Open Science, from data sharing to preregistration to open peer review. In 2016 we organized a CBU Open Science day with an exciting set of speakers – You can download the slides and watch videos of the talks here. At an institutional level, members of the Open Science committee have consulted for the Wellcome trust, the MRC and the University of Cambridge to discuss best practices.