osfSummary from Vendor: Provided from the Center for Open Science, Open Science Framework (OSF) provides free and open source project management support for researchers across the entire research lifecycle. As a collaboration tool, OSF helps researchers work on projects privately with a limited number of collaborators and make parts of their projects public, or make all the project publicly accessible for broader dissemination. As a workflow system, OSF enables connections to the many services researchers already use to streamline their process and increase efficiency. As a flexible repository, it can store and archive research data, protocols, and materials. With OSF's workflow and storage integrations, you really can manage your entire project from one place.

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Features & Specifications

  • Interactivity

    Interface functionality

    Search functions can search across file formats and beyond typos

    • Able to search for documents within the platform
    • Able to search beyond file formats
    • Able to search beyond typographical errors
    • Transparency of file structure


    Ability to manipulate files and images

    • Can manipulate text documents and spreadsheets, and can manipulate some elements of images and other data sets


    Support for multiple open windows

    • Yes


    Ability to link out

    • Yes
  • Support for Researcher Documentation

    Documentation and metadata creation

    Hyperlink Support

    • Yes


    Metadata Creation Prompts

    • Yes


    Rights Management (Licensing)

    • Yes


    Protocol Integration

    • Yes
  • Adaptability to Lab Workflows

    Platform compatibility

    Accounts/Permissions Levels

    • Yes


    Internal Data Sharing

    • Yes


    Adaptable to a Variety of Workflows

    • Yes


    Compatibility with authoring tools

    • Yes


    Windows Compatible    

    • Yes


    Macintosh Compatible

    • Yes


    Linux Compatible

    • No


    Android Compatible    

    • Yes


    iOS Compatible    

    • Yes
  • Storage

    Available data storage options

    Cloud Storage    

    • Yes


    Local Storage    

    • No 


    Hybrid (cloud/local) Storage

    • No 



    • OSF supports version tracking, backup, and storage; allows users to see project changes, project contributors, and view historical file versions


    File Redundancy

    • Yes


    Creates stable URLs or persistent identifiers for entries

    • Yes


    Can unregistered users access the data found at persistent links?

    • Yes

    Storage Capacity - Users

    • No limit for users; however:

      • Public Projects Storage Limit: 50 GB

      • Private Projects Storage Limit: 5 GB


    Storage Capacity - Max File Size

    • For direct upload to OSF storage, the limit is 5 GB. If a user has larger files, they can connect them to OSF from another storage service like Amazon S3 and then move them to OSF storage once connected.
  • Hosting

    Software access


    • Yes



    • No


    Hybrid (combination of cloud and local)    

    • No 
  • Support

    Training and maintenance offered


    • Administrator, user, in-person



    • FAQs, support forum, video tutorials, instructions, troubleshooting information, "quick-start" instructions, webinars, email support


    Data Migration from Other Systems (incoming migration)

    • Yes


    Compatibility with data repositories

    • Yes


    Exit Strategies (outgoing migration)

    • No information provided


    Recovery Options

    • Preservation through versioning. Recovery options for deleted data.


    Single Sign-on (Institutional ID)

    • Yes


    Number of Installations per institution

    • No limit


    Multiple client use

    • Yes

    Number of registered Harvard/HMS users

    • 6 users with @hms.harvard.edu email; 269 users with @harvard.edu email; most people register with generic Gmail accounts.


    Other higher-education users

    • 30+ institutions use single sign on, 400+ institutions world-wide, 60k+ users.
  • Security

    Compliance with Harvard security

    Harvard Security Levels

    • Up to and including Level 2


    Backdoor accessibility

    • No
  • Other

    Additional features

    Open Science/Open Data Efforts

    • OSF is an open source service of the Center for Open Science. They are aligning scientific practices with scientific values by improving openness, integrity and reproducibility of research.


    Academically Oriented

    • Yes


    Cost (per seat)    

    • Free


    Dictation/voice input

    • No 


    Data Entry

    • Drag and drop files from the desktop; create projects and components that are manipulable within the tool.


    Platform Integrations

    • Dropbox, Github, Amazon Web Services, box, Google Drive, figshare, Dataverse, Mendeley
  • Tiers of Service

    Features and costs associated

    The OSF is a free, open source service of the Center for Open Science; it is a 501(c)3 non-profit and is grant-funded.