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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, […]


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, […]


GenR Notebook Launch

📖 Welcome to the ‘Notebook’ community news from open science & scholarship. On the Notebook you’ll find brief notes, say 128 word long notes: meetups, calls, publications, data, mooc classes, webinars, curriculum, cool tools, and announcements from the GenR büro… Call for contributions! If you would like to post to the Notebook send in your …

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Open Science & Climate Change Resources: A Collaborative Index

The index is part of the GenR theme ‘Open Science and Climate Change‘ for which there are two areas of inquiry: firstly, technologies and innovations for a renewable energy future, and; secondly, monitoring and understanding the environment and the effects of climate change. Join us over at the open pad on the CryptPad platform and …

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GO CHANGE Workshop: How ‘Yes, but…’ can be changed into a FAIR scientific culture

we were talking with Ines Drefs The GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office organizes workshops on a regular basis for the FAIR community. Ines Drefs, the international speaker at the GO FAIR office in Hamburg, talks in the following interview about the outcomes of the GO CHANGE workshop held in Frankfurt am Main on 19 June 2019.       What was the objective of the GO CHANGE workshop? We had three specific objectives. Lately a lot of universities and research centres have opened what are known as competence centres, the purpose of which is to support researchers in […]


Exhibition Open UP! How digitisation is transforming science

by Birgit Fingerle and Dr Doreen Siegfried As digitisation gathers pace, libraries are being transformed into the first point of reference for a knowledge-based society. And yet, this is not a change with which the public automatically identifies; many people still think of libraries as analogue places for printed material. It is because of this gulf in understanding that scientific infrastructure service providers often have to go to considerable lengths to explain their current profile. If they are to successfully communicate their relevance, they will have to ensure that their various stakeholder groups fully understand the digital transformation of libraries. […]


Open Science and Climate Change: A GenR Theme

Image: Brisbane School Strike, 2018. Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0), School Strike – https://www.flickr.com/photos/160136040@N02/ | File https://www.flickr.com/photos/160136040@N02/46065128672/ Twitter hashtag #OSCC Time is of the essence when it comes to climate change and many look to Open Science to speed up research and innovation to respond to the challenges faced. The aim of this special …

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Making Connections: An Interview with Kerstin Göpfrich of Ring-a-Scientist

Image: Ring-a-Scientist lab videoconference in progress. Courtesy Ring-a-Scientist Cite as: DOI 10.25815/vdf3-nc44 Göpfrich, Kerstin. Worthington, Simon. ‘Making Connections: An Interview with Kerstin Göpfrich of Ring-a-Scientist’, 2019. https://doi.org/10.25815/vdf3-nc44. GenR’s editor-in-chief Simon Worthington talks with co-founder Kerstin Göpfrich of Ring-a-Scientist about how the platform for connecting scientists with school students via videoconferencing was started. The Ring-a-Scientist platform …

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News on Open Science and Science 2.0 (Newsletter May 2019)

Around the research alliance and it’s partners New research alliance project: Involvement of societal actors in the planning phase of large research projects The research alliance partners Museum für Naturkunde (Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science), the Leibniz Institute for the Pedagogy of Science and Mathematics (IPN), and GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the […]


Guidelines: How to implement Open Peer Review and foster its adoption

interview with Dr Tony Ross-Hellauer In February 2019 the “Guidelines for Open Peer Review Implementation” were published by Tony Ross-Hellauer and Edit Görögh. The publication came up as a result of a workshop held in London about one year ago within the OpenUP EU project. Around 15 publishing industry experts as well as peer review researchers took part. The results of an online survey previously conducted on attitudes towards open peer review amongst academic editors, authors, reviewers and publishers for the OpenAIRE2020 project were also taken into account. The guidelines are made for publishers and for editors. They help to […]