January 22, 2022

Profile: Meet Professor Brian Nosek, Founder/Director of the Center for Open Science at the University of Virginia

From the University of Virginia:

2016-12-13_11-17-12The Center for Open Science, directed by University of Virginia psychology professor Brian Nosek, has launched three new services to more quickly share research data as the center continues its mission to press for openness, integrity and reproducibility of scientific research.


Nosek launched the nonprofit Center for Open Science in 2013. More than 75 people work there, most in technology.

“It is almost entirely a software company,” Nosek said. “Three-quarters of the staff are building software tools that basically are creating public goods infrastructure to make it really easy and in researchers’ interest to share.”


Nosek said the center’s ultimate goal is to provide technology to allow research communities to run their own journals.

“I don’t want to be a publisher, because that’s hard,” he said. “The technology is hard enough, so we want to specialize in, ‘We’ll solve your technology problems and you address the challenges of your community.’”

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See Also: SocArXiv Formally Launches in Beta Today and Announces Grants From Open Society and Sloan Foundations (December 7, 2016)

Note: A project that we’ve mentioned many times on infoDOCKET, SHARE, is a partnership between ARL and the Center for Open Science. This month’s issue of C&RL News includes an excellent intro article about the project written by Judy Ruttenberg, program director for strategic initiatives at the Association of Research Libraries.

Direct to the article: “SHARE: Infrastructure for open scholarship” (via C&RL News; December 2016)

From the Article:

SHARE is a technology platform3 that aggregates free, open metadata about scholarship across the research life cycle (including proposals, registrations, data, publications, and more) from more than 125 sources, and is steadily adding more metadata providers. SHARE is discipline-agnostic in schema and in type of metadata source. With an application programming interface (API) and open metadata, SHARE can power or feed discovery services for new and emerging forms of scholarly expression in support of their exposure, recognition, and reuse.

Direct to SHARE Database

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.