Octopus user community

A community for users of the Octopus service, and those interested in open science, research practice and related topics.

Colleagues discussing data on their computer

Facilitated by Jisc

Open to anyone working in the global research community

Regular online meetings, a discussion space on Microsoft Teams, and JiscMail updates

About the community

The Octopus user community is a collaboration space for the users and builders of Octopus, an open platform where researchers can read, review and register ideas and findings.

View the Octopus prototype.

Although the platform was released in July 2022, it remains under active development as we strive to provide the best possible service. We are committed to building Octopus in line with user needs and so the initial focus of the community is to gather feedback. Getting involved at this stage will help meaningfully shape the platform into the best possible service for the benefit of good research.

What you can expect

The community facilitates discussion, hosts events and user testing sessions, and provides access to resources.

It is also a space to discuss related topics such as open research and research practice. We are a community committed to the principles of open research and research integrity, and to providing researchers with the tools they need to share their science in a way that is fast, free, and fair.

Who should join?

This community is open to researchers globally. It may also be of interest to those in relevant roles within the research lifecycle.

Please note: although the Octopus platform is initially focused on supporting STEM research, the group is open to all disciplines.

How to join

To get involved, you can request to join our user community Teams site.

You can also join the conversation and keep up to date with activities through the Octopus user community JiscMail list, and join the discussion on Twitter @science_octopus.