Open Software

Ultimately a bunch of 0s and 1s, software risks being a black box holding one’s research in the dark: from data collection, storage, and processing, to progress tracking, analyses and manuscripts. It is critical that we select tools and formats that allow for a clear window into what we’re doing and that enable access into the future. Free, open software can help realize these goals.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the various concepts and degrees of open in open software.
  • Identify the linkages between open software and reproducible research.
  • Recognize how software choice impacts the longevity and transparency of your research.
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