Introduction to Digital Scholarship and Open Research
Research Staff Development Programme

Participants: This 2½ hour workshop will be suitable for researchers at all stages. The session is aimed at researchers across all disciplines and no existing knowledge or experience is required to attend.

Overview: Researchers are increasingly encouraged to practice ‘Open scholarship/Science’ but it is not always obvious how to do this.

This workshop will offer an introduction to the motivations and drivers behind Open Science and offer researchers concrete steps to enable them to practice more open scholarship. This will include discussion of new digital tools and methods that can help facilitate ‘Open Research/Science’. The course will be framed around the research lifecycle and introduce a range of accessible tools that can be used during different stages of the lifecycle.

During the course, participants will have the opportunity to develop an ‘open notebook’ for their research as a practical example of digital scholarship. This open notebook will be used to give a hands on demonstration of how digital scholarship can help facilitate more reproducible, collaborative, and impactful research across all disciplines.

The session will provide practical hands on experience of using new digital scholarship tools and also offer opportunities for participants to reflect and discuss some of the potential benefit and barriers to implementing these new approaches.

The session will be aimed at researchers across all disciplines and doesn’t assume any existing technical expertise.

Anticipated Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the workshop, attendees will:

  • understand some of the key features, motivations and approaches of open research / open science
  • have considered how digital tools could be utilised at various stages of their research lifecycle
  • be able to evaluate potential digital tools for use in their research
  • understand how to create an ‘open notebook’ as a potential starting point for carrying out open research
  • have reflected on current approach to research and dissemination and opportunities for improving these

Researcher Development Framework Categories:

  • Knowledge base (A1)
  • Communication and dissemination (D2)

Facilitator: Daniel van Strien - UCL Library Services

Date, time and venue: 2½ hour workshop.

More dates will be available in the 2018-2019 Academic Year. In the meantime please Register Your Interest by scrolling down the page to How to Book and clicking on the link to the Booking Form. We will then email you when new dates are available.


  • Free for UCL Research Staff 

How to book: Booking Form

OD Course Contact: Catherine Brown

Cancellation: Please note that there has been a change to the cancellation policy. The course cancellation and no show fee is £100 starting from the 2015/16 academic year. This charge is applicable to Organisational Development Courses and supersedes all other information regarding this policy elsewhere on the UCL website and training booking system. Additional charges may be incurred on some courses. Read more about cancellation >>.