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OSF - The Open Science Framework

A guide on CWRU's new open data and project management tool

Making a Project

With OSF, you can create any number of project pages to store your data, collaborate with peers, and distribute files. The OSF website has excellent guides on creating projects that can walk you through all the steps.

  • Create a new project. A project can be anything you want: a collection of files, a research paper, an e-lab notebook, a template for your peers, etc.
  • Add contributors and set permissions. Invite people to collaborate with you on the project, and control what parts of it and which files they can access.
  • Create a project from one of your own templates. If you like the structure of one of your projects or want to re-use one, you can make a new project using the template of one that already exists. This saves a lot of time and can ensure consistency in how you organize your research spaces.
  • Create a new project from a public template. Someone else have a nice, public project? Follow these steps to replicate their structure in your own workspace.

Connecting to Services

The OSF can connect to other services like Google Drive, Box, Github, Mendeley, and many more. This allows you to open windows to those services within your OSF project and transfer files between them. If you have files and resources scattered across multiple such services, or collaborators who all use different storage and sharing solutions, the OSF lets you bring them all together and move seamlessly between them on one platform!

These instructions will help you connect your OSF project to various Storage Add-Ons.

This page gives information about connecting to Reference Management Add-Ons.


Please note: You can only connect one instance of each add-on to a single component of a project. If you want to connect multiple instances of Google Drive, Box, etc. to a single project, each instance will need to be connected to a different component of that project.