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Review: How the Economic Impacts of Open Science are being measured

by Birgit Fingerle Among the reasons for fostering open science are its potential economic benefits. But does open science really lead to economic benefits? An article examining “The Economic Impacts of Open Science: A Rapid Evidence Assessment” was published on 1 July 2019. It researches the economic impacts of open science and their contextual factors by systematically reviewing existing studies. The result: evidence is patchy and diverse. One of the reasons is that using the outputs of open science does not often leave an obvious trace, especially outside of the academic context. So, it is often necessary to conduct interviews […]


Digitisation of Higher Education: Systemic Framework Conditions and influencing Political Factors

by Birgit Fingerle The HoF work report „Disruption oder Evolution? Systemische Rahmenbedingungen der Digitalisierung in der Hochschulbildung“ (PDF in German language) („Disruption or Evolution? Systemic Framework Conditions for Digitisation in Higher Education“) of the Institute for Higher Education Research (HoF) at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (prepared on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research) was published at the end of June 2019. The report deals with the digitisation of education at universities. Since research at universities is not the subject of the report, research-related topics such as open data and open science are not considered. In contrast, […]


Horizon Report 2019: How new Technologies lead to a Redesign of Learning and Teaching

by Birgit Fingerle The Educause Horizon Report 2019 Higher Education Edition was published at the end of April 2019. Although the report’s name was slightly changed, its format has in large parts remained the same as in former editions: forecasting trends, challenges and developments in technology with impacts in higher education. But this time an additional section called “Fail or Scale” was introduced to reexamine previous panel forecasts and why some of them have not occurred or occurred yet as forecasted. Either way, a lot of the reports subjects were already addressed in the report’s 2018 edition, sometimes with a […]


DiscussionPaper „Future Skills”: Why New Skills Require New Strategies

by Birgit Fingerle In March 2019, the Stifterverband and McKinsey published the discussion paper “Future Skills: Strategic Potentials for Universities” (link in German). It deals with the need for future-oriented skills such as complex data analysis or collaborative work. It is not just about the education of students, but also about the continuing education of more than 2.4 million currently employed people, who should learn key skills such as agile working, digital learning or collaboration techniques. How this need can be addressed by universities and how strongly universities and companies rely on each other in the qualification of future skills […]


Neue Studie des Stifterverbandes: Was gewinnen wir durch Open Science und Open Innovation?

by Birgit Fingerle The study“What do we gain through Open Science and Open Innovation? – The concept of strategic openness and its relevance to Germany” was published at the end of January 2019. It was developed as part of the Initiative for Open Science and Innovation by The Stifterverband, and was conducted in cooperation with the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and winnovation consulting gmbh. The study shows that Germany has a huge amount of catching up to do in comparison with other European countries and […]


Open Science: Interesting Conferences & Events for 2019

by Birgit Fingerle Conferences and other events can be good opportunities to stay up to date in open science and related subjects and also to do networking. We have selected a list of events in 2019 and are looking forward for your hints about even more events. JANUARY 2019 25.01. – 27.01., Mannheim (Germany) Open Social Science Conference 2019 Topic: Practicing New Standards in Transparency and Reproducibility 28.01. – 29.01., Luzern (Switzerland) Luzern Open LearningDays.ch Topic: Open Learning 29.01. – 31.01., Karlsruhe (Germany) LEARNTEC Topic: Digital Learning FEBRUARY 2019 05.02. – 06.02., Berlin (Germany) Open Science Days 2019 Topic: Research […]


Digital Trends 2019: Which issues are going to be important this year?

by Birgit Fingerle In 2019, artificial intelligence will continue to be one of the most significant issues in technology; it will also play a greater role in the entertainment industry. „AI Entertainment“ means, amongst other things, assistance from artificial intelligence in producing music and films. The use of artificial intelligence in education is also going to pick up pace in 2019: Using this technology, content can be better adjusted to the learner’s background, for example. In this context, questions concerning the ethics of AI (“ethical AI”) are growing in importance. Once more, blockchain is one of the technology trends of […]


New open science reports: How to put EOSC and FAIR into practice

by Birgit Fingerle Two recently published reports contain lots of information on putting open science into practice in Europe. Both expert groups and their reports complement each other. On the one hand, will FAIR support the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). On the other hand will the federation of data infrastructure and the application of standards enable the discovery and interoperability of data. The first one is the final report and recommendations of the Commission 2nd High Level Expert Group on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC): “Prompting an EOSC in practice”. Report: “Prompting an EOSC in practice” The Commission […]


Podcasts: Potential for science and further education

Podcasts are series of audio files which are made available free of charge. These can be improvised or produced using a script; with respect to topic and length they can vary widely or can be clearly delimited. Quelle: Quelle: “obs/dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH/nextMediaHamburg” Podcasts are enjoying growing popularity, particularly for the purposes of entertainment (54 percent listen to such podcasts or would be open to doing so) and science and further education (49 percent), as a study undertaken by nextMedia.Hamburg (link in German) demonstrates. The most popular formats are primarily reports (listened to by 62 percent), news (45 percent), interviews […]


IFLA Global Vision Report: Library core values boost open science

On 26 August 2018 the IFLA Global Vision Report was published. In total more than 30,000 people from 190 countries and from all kinds of library types contributed to the report’s content by sharing their opinions and concerns. More than 9,000 librarians took part in workshops and more than 21,000 voted online. IFLA had started its global vision process in 2017, aiming to explore the challenges and opportunities for the library field around the world. After publishing the Global Vision Report, IFLA now aims at making the vision a reality. For that purpose it started a global call for ideas […]