🔓 About

This project has been delivered and is not being actively maintained. However, Reproducible Research is still a hot topic at the Institute for Geoinformatics, so we are still posting updates about related activities. For questions and comments, you can reach us at o2r.projekt@uni-muenster.de. We are also welcoming contributions to our Github

Opening Reproducible Research (o2r) was a project by the Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) and University and Regional Library (ULB) at the University of Münster, Germany.

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We propose a system that supports the evolution of scientific publications from static papers into dynamic, executable research documents and aim for the main aspects of open access: improving the exchange of, facilitating productive access to, and simplifying reuse of research results that are published over the internet.

Building on existing open standards and software, o2r develops standards and tools for executable research documents (the so-called Executable Research Compendia or ERCs) and evaluates them, initially focusing on the Geosciences domain. Building on recent advances in mainstream IT, o2r envisions a new architecture for storing, executing and interacting with the original analysis environment alongside the corresponding research data and manuscript. o2r bridges the gaps between long-term archiving, practical geoscientific research, and publication media. The o2r team collaborates with publishers to achieve the following goals:

Learn about the accomplishment of these goals on the Deployment page and stay updated via Twitter.

Why Open Access?

Open access is not only a form of publishing such that research papers become available to the large public free of charge, it also refers to a trend in science that the act of doing research becomes more open and transparent when it comes to data and methods. Increasingly, scientific results are generated by numerical manipulation of data that were already collected, and may involve simulation experiments that are entirely carried out computationally. Reproducibility of research findings, the ability to repeat experimental procedures and confirm previously found results, is at the heart of the scientific method.

Why Open Source?

For Open Science and reproducible research, we see no alternative to Open Source software. All scripts, code, and libraries supporting a computational analysis must be open for scrutiny by fellow scientists. We publish current code online, instead of holding back until publication of a paper, to profit from interaction with the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community. The software of supported workflows (i.e. R) and underlying technologies (i.e. Docker) are also published under FOSS principles. Already in the project proposal, we set a clear agenda on the question of software licenses:

All software developed by project staff will be distributed under a permissive open source license that allows reuse, modification and integration in commercial systems (e.g. Apache 2.0). Development happens openly at GitHub and all developments are visible directly instead of after the end of the project.

See our Deployment page for more information about all software projects.

The team

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The o2r project is connected to external partners since its inception, and the group has been extended since then. They come from different disciplines and provide valuable feedback on project plans and decisions.

Copernicus LogoDr. Xenia van Edig (Business Development, Copernicus.org)

Aalto University School of Science LogoDr. Tomi Kauppinen (Department of Computer Science, Aalto University School of Science, Finland)

Spatial@UCSB Logo Prof. Dr. Werner Kuhn (Center for Spatial Studies, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA)

OJS-de.net Logo Dr. Albert Geukes, CeDIS, FU Berlin, Germany & OJS-de.net

Universiteit Utrecht LogoDr. Simon Scheider, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands

ZIB LogoDr. Wolfgang Peters-Kottig, Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik, Berlin, Germany

Elsevier Logo Laura Hassink, Senior Vice President Publishing Transformation at RELX (previously Maarten Cleeren - Director of Product Management, Enriched Content at Elsevier; Dr. Hylke Koers - Head of Content Innovation, Elsevier)


This project Opening Reproducible Research (see also Offene Reproduzierbare Forschung and Offene Reproduzierbare Forschung II @ DFG GEPRIS) received funding by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) under project numbers PE 1632/10-1, KR 3930/3-1 and TR 864/6-1 from 2016/01 to 2018/06, and under project numbers PE 1632/17-1, KR 3930/8-1, and TR 864/12-1 from 2019/04 to 2021.

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Cite this page as "🔓 About" (2019) in Opening Reproducible Research: a research project website and blog. Daniel Nüst, Marc Schutzeichel, Markus Konkol (eds). Zenodo. doi:10.5281/zenodo.1485437

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