About & links

We are interested in the way information is created, shared, and processed in academia. This is reflected in a number of related activities aimed at charting the changing scholarly landscape. We created an overview of current and expected developments and models to get a grip on the abundance and variety of research tools used. We are currently charting the creation and availability (supply side) and usage (demand side) of research tools. After that we hope to further investigate why researchers use certain tools, to find out what tool usage patterns can tell us about the changes in scholarly communication, and, finally, to uncover the driving forces behind the creation and innovation of research tools and the (lack of) interoperability of these tools.

Everything we do is available online:

Wheel of open science practices

Turning the wheel of Open Science interactive visualization showing variety in Open Science practices (full image also available), January 2017

Tool combinations

Interactive table of tool combinations used together more or less often than expected by chance (colour-blind safe version also available), November 2016


Data & scripts in Kaggle, for easily building, running and sharing R, Python or Julia scripts without downloading the data, May 2016

example chart with filter options

Dashboard in Silk, for easily rendering charts and using filters to explore the data, April 2016

Dataset in Zenodo, with the full raw and cleaned data resulting from the survey, April 2016
F1000Research Data Note describing the survey data collection and methods, April 2016

Survey on scholarly communication tool usage, May 2015-Feb 2016

Crowdsourced database of 400+ tools (ongoing)
Example workflows (ongoing)

Searchable database of 101 innovations in scholarly communication (ongoing)
101 Innovations - poster Force2015
Poster at Force2015 conference, Oxford, UK, January 12-13 2015

The circle, January 2015

We gratefully acknowledge the time and effort of the people who have helped us in this project.

Contact us:

both at Utrecht University Library in the Netherlands