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Open Science Framework (OSF)

Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free, open source web application built to help researchers manage their workflows.

FAQs - Security

What steps has OSF taken to comply with GDPR?

  • OSF has taken several steps to comply with GDPR, including revising our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, ensuring GDPR compliance of third-party vendors and executing Data Processing Addendums with each, and reviewing policies and procedures for deleting user data. Read the OSF blog post for more detail.

What types of data does OSF collect?

  • OSF may collect various data that you share upon registering and in using OSF and its suite of products. Please see section 7 of the Privacy Policy for this information.

Can I have my data deleted?

  • You’re always welcome to deactivate or delete your account. If you’d like to delete your account and personal data, please email

Additional questions can be found on the OSF FAQs - Security page.

Third-Party Vendors

COS uses several third-party vendors to help operate OSF and its suite of products. This document provides a list of third-party vendors and their purposes, organized by category. Please refer to our Privacy Policy to understand why and when COS shares information with third-party vendors.

Additional information about third-party vendors can be found here.

Privacy Settings

You must be an admin on a project or component in order to change the privacy settings. If you're an admin, you can make your project private or public and alternate between the two settings. You can have different privacy settings on your project and components, thus controlling which parts of your overall project are public or private. This help guide walks you through how to make all or parts of your project public or private.