Open Science Community Saudi Arabia (OSCSA) was established in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which focuses on installing values, enhancing knowledge and improving equal access to education. It aims to provide a place where newcomers and experienced peers interact, inspire each other to embed open science practices and values in their workflows and provide feedback on policies, infrastructures, and support services. Our community is part of the International Network of Open Science & Scholarship Communities (INOSC).
What is Open Science?
"Open Science describes an ongoing movement in a way research is performed, researchers collaborate, knowledge is shared, and science is organised. It affects the whole research cycle and its stakeholders and enhances science by facilitating more transparency, openness, networking, and collaboration."1. [OpenAIRE] ↩
Why Join our Community?Learn about Open Science practices through our Workshops.
Support to lead your own project, and provide more visibility and discoverability for your work.
OSCSA helps you to get connected with like-minded people from other communnities that adopt Open Science practices (e.g. Turing Way, Carpentries, ArabR, ...).
Subscribe to our OSCSA mailing list.
Who Can Join?We welcome everyone regardless of their knowledge of Open Science. Please fill out this form with instructions on how to join.
Open Science Practices
Open Science (OS) is an umbrella term that is used to describe movements and practices aimed at increasing the accessibility of scientific knowledge and fostering innovations. To demystify these principles, we briefly describe six of its core components.
Open source software is a code that is designed to be publicly accessible. Prime examples include Linux, Firefox & Android
Open Work is protected by Open License, which states how the work can be used, modified, adopted and commercialised.
Open source hardware is a hardware that is built based on principles analogous to open source software
The FAIR principles describe how research outputs should be organised so they can be more easily accessed, understood, exchanged and reused. 2. [OpenAIRE]↩
They are any learning and research materials that reside in the public domain or under an open license. 3. [UNESCO]↩
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FAIRfication in Arabic Speaking Countries
We are taking part in the CS&S Digital Infrastructure Incubator to explore the cultural infrastructure components for the contextualization of the FAIR principles in Arabic-speaking countries. Take part in this project and support our work by completing a one minute survey!
Materials and Talks
All our talks, workshops, and training courses by Community lead and OSCSA members are under CC-BY license and accessible in Zenodo. This include talks presented in international conferences such as eLife and UNESCO. Any code associated with these materials is included in our GitHub Organization Account !
Leveraging Open Science in Machine Learning and Bioinformatics
Speaker: Batool Almarzouq
Toward the broader globalization of Open Source: documenting your localisation Journey
Speaker: Melissa Black and Asma Kacem
Demystifying the Command line (Arabic)
Speaker: Batool Almarzouq
UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science
The UNESCO recentely published its recommendation on Open Science, which was adopted by the 41st session of UNESCO General Conference in November 2021. You can read the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science here.
Internship through Outreachy
OSCSA is thrilled to work with Outreachy to provide paid internships in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects. We are currently recruiting interns for the Winter Cohort 2022 in two projects. The internship selection period will end on the 2nd of November 2022. Interns often find employment after their internship with Outreachy sponsors or in jobs that use the skills they learned during their internship.