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A flexible collaboration and research management tool that encourages best practices in project organization and reproducibility.

OSF Overview


Every project can be organized into components. These create the logical structure of a project.

For example, most research will include data collection, data analysis, and outputs, such as a paper or poster. Creating a component for each of these helps to structure the overall project. Data can live in Scholars Portal Dataverse, linked into a Data module. Scripts for analysis can live in Github, and be linked into an Analysis component. A draft paper can be actively worked on in Google Docs, linked into a Publications component.

Three different platforms, one common place for information to be shared and discovered.

Learn more about setting up projects and components.


By default, all projects and all components on OSF are private. Want to share your work, or a portion of it, publicly? Get a view only link to share with key stakeholders. Or click the ‘Make Public’ option, get a DOI, and start sharing with others, or create an identifier for the project from which your paper, poster or presentation originated.

Learn more about creating DOIs or view only links.


OSF provides users with multiple wikis. Use these to describe a project, outline a method, designate user responsibilities…whatever you desire. Make a change, and your change is version controlled, so you can track modifications in your project through time.

Learn more about OSF wikis.

File Storage

In addition to allowing for integration of popular cloud based storage services, OSF offers plenty of free storage to users on Canadian based servers. Text files can be edited within your browser window, and documents can be checked out for review and editing.

Learn more about using OSF storage and storage limits.

Version Control

Almost all aspects of OSF are version controlled. The Recent Activity panel allows users to trace activity on their project back in time. Locally edited text files are versioned and stored as they are saved. Uploaded documents are versioned and stored as they are replaced with the most recent upload.

Learn more about file version control on OSF and the Recent Activity panel.