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The Center for Open Science (COS) was founded as a non-profit technology start-up in 2013 with the goal of improving transparency and reproducibility by connecting the scholarly workflow. COS achieves this goal through the development of a free, open source web application called the Open Science Framework (OSF), providing features like file sharing and citing, persistent urls, provenance tracking, and automated versioning. Initial workflow API connections focused on storage services and included Figshare, GitHub, Amazon S3, Dropbox, and Dataverse. The team is now working to connect other parts of the workflow with services like DMPTool, Databib/re3data, and Databrary. This session will introduce the core architecture and the problems that it solves, and illustrate how connecting services can benefit everyone involved in supporting the research ecosystem. COS is funded through the generosity of grants from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Association of Research Libraries, and others.
Presented at CNI Fall 2014, Washington, DC.