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During data collection, using open software, the Open Science Framework, and other collaboration tools can not only enhance your workflow and collaboration in the research team but also create a foundation for data sharing and reproducibility. Here we selected a few resources for this stage.


Open Software

  • PsychoPy: Open-source software as a free tool to run neuroscience or psychology experiments written in Python. Represents an alternative to Presentation™ or Inquisit™.
  • PsyToolkit: Open-source software for running online or lab-based experiments (psychology).
  • OpenSesame: Open-source tool for building experiments for psychology, neuroscience, and experimental economics. It provides an easy graphical interface for beginners and Python scripting for advanced users. Open Sesame can be integrated in the Open Science Framework.
  • lab.js: created by Felix Henninger. A new open tool with graphical interface for building browser-based experiments.

Born Open Data

Data that is automatically uploaded to a repository (e.g. GitHub) including time stamps and automatically generated logs is called born open. Advantages can be full openness & transparency, data management solutions, and simplification of data sharing. For further information see:

Rouder, J. N. (2016). The what, why, and how of born-open data. Behavior research methods, 48(3), 1062-1069.

Rouder, J., Haaf, J. M., & Snyder, H. K. (2018, March 25). Minimizing Mistakes In Psychological Science.

Open Science Framework (OSF)

The OSF serves as data repository and collaboration tool. Researchers can structure their projects and controll access to their stored data. A version control system and a live-editing mode enhance workflow between collaborators. OSF also implements an add-on function which enables the user to sync a project with other tools and services such as Dataverse, Figshare, GitHub, Zotero. Here is an overview on OSF's feature set and its use in every step of the research cycle.

For a detailed tutorial on using the OSF to share research products, see:

Soderberg, C. K. (2018). Using OSF to Share Data: A Step-by-Step Guide. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. Advance online publication. DOI:

Other Collaboration Tools

Data Anonymization

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