Using open research tools to conceptualise, carry out and disseminate research in the language sciences: OASIS and IRIS

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


A somewhat hackneyed phrase used to characterise excellent research is “groundbreaking” – but what would happen if we spent all our time digging new holes? As Ottoline Leyser put it “science cannot only be groundbreaking, as there is a lot of important digging to do after new discoveries[1].” A sustainable research enterprise therefore requires that we build on each other’s work, and in order for that to happen, outputs from all parts of the research cycle need to be openly available to the community.

This session will highlight some of the reasons we need to consider reproducibility and transparency in our own research and then shift to a practical focus on ways in which researchers can make use of existing open research tools in the language sciences. OASIS ( is a repository of open accessible research summaries that breaks physical (paywalls) as well as conceptual barriers to language research. IRIS ( holds a wealth of data elicitation materials, and datasets (among other outputs) with an extensive search index specialised in language research. After introducing these resources, I’ll demonstrate several ways in which they can be used to review, plan, and disseminate research.
Period10 Jul 2023
Event titleResidential 2023 - PhD in Applied LInguistics: sustainability in language and practice
Event typeOther
LocationLancaster, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Open Science
  • Applied Linguistics