Open Science in sound and vision

A watch list for practising transparent research.

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The watch list “Open Science Education” offers a wide collection of videos addressing the various aspects of Open Science in general and Open Science in economics and the social sciences. Open Science is a movement which works to make scientific research more transparent, more accessible, and more reproducible. The list contains a considerable number of videos produced by well-known institutions and experts.

1. Open Science – What, Why, How?

Here you can find videos that offer an introduction to the topic of Open Science. They explain what Open Science is, why it matters, and how you can apply it in your own research work.

2. Advantages of being an open researcher

These videos made by Delft University present the advantages of being an open researcher for your own individual career. They demonstrate the positive effects of Open Science and good collaboration on the efficiency of scholarly work.

3. Open Science – Introduction

This series of brief videos produced by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences offers a well-grounded introduction to Open Science and explains important concepts and principles of good scientific practice. Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) aims to improve the credibility of science by promoting transparency, reproducibility, and ethics in research. BITSS was founded in 2012 as part of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at UC Berkeley.

4. Publication Bias

This nine-part series from the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (Link auf: ) addresses various aspects of publication bias. The topics are:

  • „Why Most Published Research Findings are False“ Part I bis III
  • „False-Positive Psychology“ by Simmons, Nelson, Simonsohn
  • „Do Statistical Reporting Standards Affect What is Published?“ by Gerber and Malhotra
  • „Time-Series Minimum-Wage Literature: A Meta-Analysis“ by Card and Krueger
  • „P-Curve“ by Simonsohn, Nelson, and Simmons
  • „Publication Bias in the Social Sciences“ by Franco, Malhotra, and Simonovits
  • „Can the existence of a registry help us deal with hidden findings?“ (Mathieu et al)

5. Pre-Registration and Pre-Analysis Plans

The following videos explain how the pre-registration of research projects and pre-analysis plans can improve transparency in research:

6. Replication

This four-part series from the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences addresses replication and shows why it is important to make scientific findings reproducible.

7. Reproducibility and Replicability

This ten-part series from the Labour Dynamics Institute highlights the differences between reproducibility and replicability and how they are applied in scientific research. The Labour Dynamics Institute headed by Lars Vilhuber sees it as its mission to improve the transparency and accessibility of economic research in order to raise its credibility. 

8. Meta-Analysis

Four videos from the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences tell you how to do meta-analyses in research.

9. Open Data

This six-part series from the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences explains why openly accessible data are important and how researchers can use them. We also recommend the video Open Data and Code made by the Leuphana Community (8:28 min).

10. Research Data Management

This twelve-part series gives a very detailed and well-done explanation of research data management and offers tips on how to organise your data efficiently: (Teaching materials)

11. Data Visualization

Learn here how to visualise your data effectively and how to make complex information easy to understand. The five-part series was produced by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences.

12. How to spread transparency

This three-part series shows strategies for promoting transparency in the scientific community: (Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences)

13. Open Materials

This video made by the Leuphana Community explains the importance of open materials in research: (8:35 min)

The watch list provides useful resources for researchers from economics and the social sciences who wish to deepen their understanding of Open Science and who want to implement the principles of this movement in their own work. The variety of topics and sources allows you to gain a wide knowledge of this important topic. The list is also helpful for anyone teaching economics at university level looking for visual teaching aids.

Enjoy watching! We hope you have many “light bulb” moments!

*The list has been compiled on 6 December 2023.

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