International Network of Open Science & Scholarship Communities

INOSC is an international network of local Open Science & Open Scholarship communities (OSC). OSCs are hubs where academics learn from their peers how to make their workflows more open. Over 1000 academics have joined OSCs, ready to put Open Science to practice!

Want to know more?

Check out our video or click on the image below to go to the website of the OSC of your choice.

Vision & Mission

Vision & Mission

The norms and practices in academia are shifting towards Open Science (OS). This shift is an ongoing process and involves universities, research funders, public administration and publishers, all across the globe. There is no doubt that OS is the way forward. However, stakeholders have different perspectives on how to implement OS. Hence, the practical implementation of the path towards a more open academic world is still unclear.

We believe that the research community itself is best suited to lead change – those who put OS to practice. That is why local bottom-up Open Science Communities are crucial in this transition. OSCs engage and enable academics to make their workflows more open, and allow them to articulate the opportunities and obstacles they experience, to policy makers and providers of research infrastructure and services (for more info, check out the article on the right).

Towards wide-scale adoption of open science practices: The role of open science communities.

Kristijan Armeni, Loek Brinkman, Rickard Carlssn, Anita Eerland, Tiabbe Fijten, Robin Fondberg, Vera E Heininga, Stephan Heunis, Wei Qi Koh, Maurits Masselink … more

Science and Public Policy, scab038
Published: 03 July 2021

Our mission is to make INOSC:

BIGGER: increase the number of OSCs around the globe, by providing on-boarding and mentoring;
BETTER: Make local OSCs more successful, by stimulating knowledge exchange amongst local OSCs and facilitating collaboration;
STRONGER: Shaping the international Open Science landscape, by providing input to international research policy, infrastructure and services, on behalf of our community members.


Start your own OSC

Start your own OSC

Do you want to start your own local Open Science Community and join our network? You can either follow the steps described in our OSC Starter Kit or join our online OSC Incubator Program.

OSC Starter Kit (for free!)

In our Starter Kit, we describe 4 stages to set-up and foster your very own OSC:

1. Prepare and Launch
2. Grow and Inspire
3. Foster and Maintain
4. Dream and Scheme

You can find the OSC Starter Kit at

OSC Incubator Program (sign up ***HERE*** for free!)

In this online incubator program, we will assist up to 10 researchers and/or research supporters from around the globe in setting-up their local Open Science Community.
The incubator program is based on the OSC Starter Kit and consists of six modules:

1. Mission and Vision
2. Community Engagement
3. Communication Strategy
4. Stakeholder Engagement
5. Governance and Sustainability
6. Open!

We are able to offer the OSC Incubator Program, twice per year (spring and fall editions) and free of charge, thanks to support from the EU funded projects AURORA RI and Skills4EOSC. The estimated workload, including meetings, assignments and reading materials, is about 96 hours in total. Please find below the dates of the upcoming Incubator Program (all online sessions are from 10.00 – 12.00 CET).

Registration for the Spring Edition 2023 of the OSC Incubator Program is now open! Up to 10 tickets are available (first come, first serve). Please book your ticket by filling our THIS FORM.

March 1stGetting to know the program, and each other!
March 8thModule 1: Online meet-up
March 15thModule 1: Consultation
March 22ndModule 2: Online meet-up
March 29thModule 2: Consultation
April 12thModule 3: Online meet-up
April 19thModule 3: Consultation
April 26thModule 4: Online meet-up
May 3rdModule 4: Consultation
May 17thModule 5: Online meet-up
May 24thModule 5: Consultation
May 31stModule 6: Online meet-up
June 7thModule 6: Consultation
June 21stFinal presentations

The OSC Incubator Program is developed and run by INOSC, with support of AURORA RI (H2020-IBA-SwafS-Support-2-2020) and Skills4EOSC (HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EOSC-01).


The board of INOSC

Loek Brinkman
OSC the Netherlands
Anita Eerland
OSC Nijmegen
the Netherlands
Hardy Schwamm
OSC Galway
Markus Konkol
OSC Twente
the Netherlands


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