Welcome to Open Scholarship at Waterloo

Welcome to the Open Scholarship Committee's (OSC) website. We are a team of faculty members, librarians, staff members, and students who educate, advocate for, and support open research practices, open access publishing, open data, and open educational resources. We are committed to helping scholars make informed decisions about the ways they make their research, scholarship, and instructional content accessible within their scholarly communities.

What is open scholarship?

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) defines open scholarship as: "encompass[ing] open access, open data, open educational resources and all other forms of openness in the scholarly and research environment." More information, including definitions of each of these areas can be found on the pages linked in the sidebar.


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