In recent years, fake news has become a growing problem in the international information landscape. More and more projects deal with how to expose and avoid them. One of them is the project of Charles Letaillieur and Sylvain Massip. With a tool for the general public, the two want to support checking simple messages for their truthfulness with the help of open access publications and of artificial intelligence.
How can the principles of Open Science be implemented in European research libraries to enable world-class research? A LIBER working group has addressed this question and developed appropriate training methods and practices. Cécile Swiatek was one of the persons who led the working group and presents the results in an interview. She also tells us why libraries are perfectly suited to play a key role in the change towards an open culture and why it is so important to build networks and share knowledge in this process.
Students have always been catalysts of change. Why not use this characteristic for the cultural change towards more open science at universities? This is exactly what the UBC Okanagan Library in Canada is doing, and it is addressing first-year students with a unique pilot project with special Open Science modules.
The Open Science and the Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) movements are closely linked: they share the fundamental values of openness, inclusion and democracy, as well as the common goal of making scientific results accessible at all levels to a society that is eager for knowledge. However, development is only moving forward at a halting pace. The EU-funded FIT4RRI project has investigated why this is the case. An interview with the project staff member Helene Brinken.
Many of the topics of the LIBER 2020 Online conference can be classified under the keyword “Open Science”. A special focus was placed on “trust”, which – just like transparency – is both an aspect and a goal of openness, and on Citizen Science. And above all, the question of what role these topics play in face of the corona pandemic was raised.
There is wide agreement with the principles of Open Science in economics. This is shown by a ZBW study. However, there is still room for development regarding the implementation of Open Science on a broad basis, and a high requirement for support regarding Open Science practices.
Due to precautionary measures in regard to the coronavirus, the second day of this year’s Open Science Conference got canceled. Luckily, the panellists Johanna Havemann, Anne-Floor Scholvinck, Daniel Spichtinger and August Wierling agreed to submit their opening statements as a blog post for ZBW MediaTalk.
“Go to Berlin, visit the Barcamp Open Science. This will be a nice introduction to Open Science for you and you will meet a lot of important stakeholders there.” This statement of one contributor perfectly summarizes what the Barcamp Open Science provides. See what else happened at the Barcamp.
“Open and connected for everyone!” With this slogan, the Schleswig-Holstein university libraries invited participants to the launch event for the first Open Access Roadshow at the University of Kiel, on 11 November 2019. The diversity of the topics ranged from open science policy strategies through to specific practical examples.
15 years ago, people thought that the future of libraries was rather grim. Now they are more popular than ever – and particularly as learning environments. What tasks will libraries be facing in the year 2050? And what meaning do they have for their target groups?