TOSI: Promoting Open Science Across Canada

The Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI) was founded to drive the adoption of Open Science across Canadian neuroscience research institutes. 

In addition to promoting Open Science within The Neuro, TOSI engages in strategic collaborations and partnerships through its Open Science Support and Partnership Framework. Through the Framework TOSI supports and guides other institutes in adopting Open Science practices and principles and establishes an alliance of neuroscience research institutes across Canada committed to Open Science. 

Open Science Support and Partnership Framework 

Open Science Seed Projects 

Seed Projects are collaborative projects aimed at: 

  • Creating or expanding Open Science capabilities at partner institute(s), 

  • Increasing institutional and cross-institutional Open Science practices, and 

  • Demonstrating the value of Open Science to institutional stakeholders. 

At least one Seed Project collaborator must be a Neuro researcher. Projects may involve adapting an Open Science solution created at The Neuro or co-developing new infrastructure, policies, and/or educational tools to make the practicing Open Science easier. 

Through its National Incentive Fund, TOSI contributes $100,000 to support the collaboration, which must be matched by the non-Neuro collaborator(s). All outputs emerging from these projects, including software, educational materials, articles, and data must be shared as openly as practically possible. 

List of Seed Projects 

  • Brain Bank Seed Project with the Douglas Research Centre (Quebec) 
  • C-OPN project with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary (Alberta) 
    • A collaboration between C-BIG and the Canadian Open Parkinson’s Network (C-OPN) to develop C-OPN’s IT infrastructure, the collection of blood samples, and the deposition of samples and data into C-BIG. The Project is led by Dr. Ziv Gan-Or (The Neuro) and Dr. Oury Monchi (Hotchkiss). 
  • Fibrephotometry Data Sharing project with Robarts Research Institute at Western University (Ontario) 
    • A collaboration between Dr. Marco Prado (Robarts Research Institute) and Dr. Ted Fon (The Neuro) to expand the MouseBytes repository to include fibre photometry data and gather data to showcase this new capability. 
  • OMERO Open Microscopy project with McGill and the University of Alberta (UoA) 
    • A collaboration between Dr. Stephen Ogg (Cell Imaging Facility at UoA), Dr. Claire Brown (McGill’s Advanced Bioimaging Facility), and Dr. Thomas Stroh (The Neuro’s Microscopic Cellular Imaging Facility) to expand the use of the Open Microscopy Environment in Quebec and across Canada, including expanded data storage, organization and curation, and the creation of educational materials. 

Open Science Buy-in Projects 

Buy-in Projects are one-year projects that enable an institute committed to adopting Open Science to: 

  • Assess its Open Science needs, 

  • Develop an Open Science Implementation Plan, and 

  • Establish Open Science Guiding Principles. 

TOSI works closely with leaders of Buy-in Projects to identify stakeholders, develop a plan for implementing Open Science across the institute, and design a set of Open Science Principles tailored to the needs and strengths of the institute. 

List of Buy-in Projects 

  • Douglas Research Centre (Quebec) 
    • Start date November 2020 
    • DRC Buy-in Project Team: Dr. Gustavo Turecki (co-lead), Dr. Martin Lepage (co-lead), Dr. Isabel Bacellar (Open Science Project Coordinator), and Geneviève Morin (Open Science Project Manager) 
  • Western Institute for Neuroscience (Ontario) 
    • Start date September 2021 
    • WIN Buy-in Project Team: Dr. Marco Prado (co-lead), Dr. Fay Harrison (co-lead), and Dr. Ryan Salewski (Project Manager) 
  • UBC Djavad Mowafagian Centre for Brain Health (British Columbia) 
    • Start date November 2021 
    • DMCBH Buy-in Project Lead: Dr. Paul Pavlidis (lead) and Dr. Jeff LeDue (Project Manager) 

Ongoing Support for Partner Open Science Institutes 

TOSI provides ongoing financial support and guidance for institutes that have fully committed to Open Science by adopting a set of TOSI-approved Open Science Principles. These Principles are based on those pioneered by The Neuro, tailored to the institute’s needs and context. 

To be approved, an institute’s Open Science Principles must be submitted to and approved by TOSI. Following approval, TOSI will recognize the institute as an Open Science Institute and commit to setting aside a portion of its National Incentive Fund to provide yearly funding support, as well as continuing partnership to share its expertise in adopting Open Science practices at all levels within the institute. 

The common ground created by institutional principles brings Open Science Institutes together into an alliance of partners that share the values the of transparency and collaboration at the heart of Open Science. By sharing resources and expertise, and facilitating collective action, the alliance works together to realize the potential of Open Science for understanding the brain and developing the treatments patients need. 

TOSI Approved Open Science Institutes 

The Hotchkiss Brain Institute - University of Calgary 

The University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) is the first to partner with the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI) and The Neuro in a commitment to adopting Open Science approaches across its research and innovation efforts. 

To learn more about Open Science at HBI, including their Open Science Principles, visit their Open Science at the HBI page. 

 Douglas Research Centre – affiliated with McGill University and the MWI-IUHSSC 

The Douglas Research Centre (DRC) is the second institute to adopt a set of TOSI-approved Open Science Principles and the first that is dedicated specifically to research in mental health. The DRC’s principles were developed over the course of a TOSI supported Open Science Buy-in Project and officially adopted in December 2021. 

To learn more about the DRC’s Open Science program, principles, policies, and the support they offer their researchers in practicing Open Science, visit their Open Science at The Douglas page. 

Please note: TOSI support for Seed Projects, Buy-in Projects, and Ongoing Support for Partners does not cover indirect costs. 

For more information, please contact: 

Dylan speaking on microphone  

Dylan Roskams-Edris 

Alliance Officer, Tanenbaum Open Science Institute  

As Open Science Alliance Officer for TOSI, Dylan interfaces with the national and global Open Science communities to promote the uptake of Open Science tools and practices in Canadian neuroscience research. By developing relationships with researchers, research institutes, as well as national and international neuroscience initiatives, Dylan supports the adoption of Open Science through knowledge translation, resource sharing, and administering TOSI’s Open Science Support and Partnership Framework. 

dylan.roskams-edris [at] 


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