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Open Science Strategy: TU Delft aims at the pole position for the open era

The TU Delft has recently released its open science strategy and has expressed the ambition to be a frontrunner in this area. We take a look at the topics and the management approach it has chosen in order to prepare its staff and students for research and education in the open era.


Discussion paper: New indicators for Open Science and Open Innovation

Established indicators for research and innovation processes do not sufficiently capture the nuances of open science and open innovation. As a result, their opportunities and risks often remain obscure. A new discussion paper therefore makes proposals for the expansion of existing indicators and the development of new ones. We looked at possible innovations in the field of open science.


Discussion paper: New indicators for Open Science and Open Innovation

by Birgit Fingerle In order to better identify the opportunities and risks of open science and open innovation, including those that relate to research and technology policy, a fundamental reconsidering of the recording, analysis and evaluation of the practices and structures of open science and open innovation should take place. The discussion paper “Open Science and Open Innovation – New Indicators for the Analysis of the Science and Innovation System in the Digital Age” (“Open Science und Open Innovation – Neue Indikatoren für die Analyse des Wissenschafts- und Innovationssystems im digitalen Zeitalter”, link in German language) by Clemens Blümel, published […]


Blockchain: How it could make research more open and transparent

by Birgit Fingerle The study “Blockchain in Higher Education – Fundamentals – Potentials – Boundaries” (Study in German language „Blockchain in der Hochschulbildung – Grundlagen – Potenziale – Grenzen“) of the Stifterverband was compiled on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, and published in July 2019. It continues the EU study published at the end of 2017 “Blockchain in Education” focussing on the German higher education system. The individual chapters explore the technological and design fundamentals of blockchain technology and the technical, economic and societal added values of its use, such as its potential contribution to lowering […]


Blockchain: How it could make research more open and transparent

Blockchains are credited with bringing great benefits for economics and society. This also applies to the higher education sector. A recently published study explores blockchain in higher education. We took a closer look at which application scenarios seem to be particularly interesting in relation to promoting open science.


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 […]