Skip to Main Content

Using OSF for Research Projects

This guide provides an overview of how to use OSF for research project management and for sharing research outputs.

What Is OSF?

OSF (Open Science Framework) is a free online tool that supports project management throughout the research lifecycle for all disciplines.  Created and maintained by the Center for Open Science (COS), OSF provides online space for researchers to store and share resources with specified collaborators.  Moreover, you can connect OSF with other online tools to streamline workflow and enhance efficiency.

Thanks to the Library's OSF institutional membership, researchers from the University of Chicago community can create an OSF account using their CNet IDs.  Doing so will affiliate their projects with UChicago's OSF homepage and increase the projects' online visibility.  Nonetheless, you can also create an OSF account using your ORCID iD or open an account directly with the COS.  The video below provides an overview of what OSF has to offer.

Getting Started

OSF has provided a wealth of guides and videos on a wide array of topics.  The following guides are especially helpful to new users.

The information is also available from the following video.

If you would like to take a deep dive into OSF, the video below and this handout will be of interest.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Center for Digital Scholarship.