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Interview: Open Access Preprints boost Article Citations and Mentions

we were talking with Nicholas Fraser In a recently published study (PDF) a team of researchers of ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences analysed if preprints are associated with increased citations and sharings of journal articles. Nicholas Fraser, postdoctoral researcher at ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, explains their findings to us. What was the topic of your recently published research on preprints? Our new study was undertaken as part of the “OASE” project, where we are aiming to understand how open access to scientific publications influences their impact, […]



A Book Review — Citizen Science: Co-optation Instead of Cooperation?

Bastian Greshake Tzovaras reviews the book Citizen Science Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy from the university open access press, UCL Press. Greshake Tzovaras highlights the Ten Principles of Citizen Science and opens up questions about how to progress deeper participation and decision making by the public. Citizen science, the active participation of the …

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Inconecss 2019 – eine Zusammenfassung

Anfang Mai  hat die ZBW (Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft) zur Inconecss (International Conference on Economics and Business Information) eingeladen. Wie schon 2016 war Berlin als Veranstaltungsort gewählt worden. Über 100 Wirtschafts- und Informationswissenschaftler aus 33 Nationen folgten der Einladung und tauschten sich an zwei Tagen zum Themengebiet Digitale Transformation aus. Weiterlesen …


Open Science in Canada: Grassroots Effort and a National Approach

we were talking with Mark Leggott and Portia Taylor A strong commitment of different stakeholders and a national approach fuel the transition to open science in Canada. In our interview Mark Leggott, Executive Director of Research Data Canada and manager of CANARIE’s RDM funding program, and Portia Taylor, Senior Policy Analyst in International Affairs, Security and Justice with the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada and formerly part of Canada’s Open Government team, tell us about the core elements of this approach, concrete actions, challenges and their learnings. What are the core elements of your national approach to foster open data […]


Hinter den Kulissen eines DFG-Forschungsprojekts – wie macht man 5 Millionen wissenschaftliche Open-Access-Abbildungen nutzbar und arbeitet dabei mit der Wikimedia-Community zusammen?

Wissenschaftliche Artikel sind bisher eine wenig genutzte Quelle, um Bilder zu finden, die man anderswo nachnutzen kann. Das Projekt NOA will das ändern. Bisher wurden mehrere Millionen Bilder aus frei verfügbaren wissenschaftlichen Artikeln eingesammelt und mit Text-Data-Mining-Methoden beschrieben, sodass man nach den Bildern suchen kann. Aber wie kommen sie nun zu Wikimedia Commons, damit sie langfristig für viele Menschen zur Verfügung stehen? Gehören überhaupt alle Bilder auf Wikimedia Commons? Hier beschreiben wir, warum das gar nicht so einfach ist, was unsere Überlegungen dazu waren und wie wir die Herausforderungen lösen. Weiterlesen …


Behind the Scenes of a DFG Research Project — Making Five Million Scientific Open Access Images Available and Collaborating with the Wikimedia Community

Scientific articles have been a rarely exploited source for finding images that can be used elsewhere. The NOA project wants to change that. So far, several million images from freely available scientific articles have been collected and been described with text data mining methods, so that they are findable in a search engine. But how do they get to Wikimedia Commons to make them available for many people in the long run? Do all the images belong there at all? In this article, we describe our reflections on the questions and how they solve the challenges.
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Will Education Become More Open?

Fig 1. The interplay of open science and open education Open science practitioners embrace the ideas of sharing and communicating their research and interests as well as collaborating with like-minded peers, i.e., practicing co-science (McKiernan et al. 2016) such as on the Open Science MOOC1 platform. If they admit to those goals regarding their research, …

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Next Generation Researchers and Open Science in the University

Image: Riesenspatz Infoillustration (http://riesenspatz.de) für Wikimedia Deutschland – Riesenspatz Infoillustration (http://riesenspatz.de) CC BY-SA 4.0 @OpenSciFellows | Thanks to Sarah Behrens, Wikimedia DE, Alumna Caroline Fischer (University of Potsdam) and Fellow Rima-Maria Rahal (Tilburg University). How can we spread Open Science principles to the next generation of researchers? One way is to practice Open Scholarship already …

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