Open Research Methods

Research methods include for instance models, software and workflows, with which research results are produced. The principles of openness should in other words also cover the research environment (tools, equipment and services), because only then research is transparent enough to be evaluated and made usable to others. In the development model of open software, both the ideas and executions are visible and usable by everyone. By the means of openness and new kinds of interaction better possibilities to get familiar with, evaluate, make use of and become convinced of research results will be generated. This also increases confidence in science. The research process is often innovative and by opening up the methods used it enables a broader contribution and quicker development of methods. This also substantially grows the potential of innovations.