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Research Activities

CREOS Research

  • Rigorous, evidence-based research to inform actions
  • Tackling grand challenges
  • Multidisciplinary problem solving and methodologies
  • Leading where appropriate, listening always

Research Activities

Integrating Open and Equitable Research into Open Science

Open science and open access are often intended to increase the reach and impact of scholarship, but also equity in scholarship. The rapid proliferation of new policies, practices, and infrastructure intended to support open scholarship makes the need for reliable evidence to evaluate these claims essential and urgent. This project will inventory opportunities for embedded interventions, validate methodological approaches with stakeholders. The result will both lay the intellectual groundwork for a future fellowship structure, and advance a general research model and plan of action that enables more systematic understanding of open science. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation (Award Number (FAIN): 2335657).

Generative AI and Research Integrity

MIT Libraries was selected from a competitive process to receive exploratory funding from MIT to write a ten page impact paper and host a follow-up workshop on “Generative AI and Research Integrity,” led by Micah Altman, Chris Bourg, Sue Kriegsman, Nick Lindsay (MIT Press), Heather Sardis, and Erin Stalberg. Despite the much discussed risks, generative AI also offers the opportunity to design tools and develop policies to address some of the known failures of the current system. The outcome of the workshop will be an actionable strategy for addressing the most promising opportunities to increase trustworthiness and integrity in the products and process of research.

Postdoctoral Research Program in Equitable and Open Scholarship supported by the Mellon Foundation

The Mellon Foundation has generously funded a two-year program which will enable CREOS to bring a second cohort of two postdoctoral scholars to campus to work on CREOS research question areas. Under the supervision of Chris Bourg, Ph.D, Director, MIT Libraries, Micah Altman, Ph.D, Research Scientist, and other MIT faculty, the postdocs will develop a robust set of research projects under each of the areas of:

  • Incentives and barriers to open and equitable scholarship
  • Impacts of open and equitable scholarship
  • Economic models for open and equitable scholarship

Community Tracking Indicators for Open and Inclusive Scholarship

There is increasing evidence that scholarly processes have bias and create barriers to inclusion — more openness in scholarly communication is needed. This project produces standardized indicators of who participates in open science and scholarly communications over time.  The project is funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services  (grant #LG-250130-OLS-21)

Designing Review and Evaluation for Open Scholarship

The broad objective of this area of research is to inform the design and application of review and evaluation in open scholarship and meta-research.

See previous research activities conducted by CREOS staff and affiliates.