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Digital Open Science Tools: How to Achieve more Openness Through an Inclusive Design

Through their responsive design, digital Open Science tools promise to enable and simplify collaboration across disciplines, world regions and language groups. But how inclusive are these tools actually globally? Global means that they are equally open in low and middle income countries. Louise Bezuidenhout and Jo Havemann have examined 242 Open Science tools in terms of their geolocalisation, conditions and financing models. They have identified their weaknesses in terms of geographical openness and are developing ideas on how to make the Open Science ecosystem even more inclusive and a truly “unlimited digital commons”.

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Open Science and Organisational Culture: Openness as a Core Value at the ZBW

Open Science has become a central focus of work for the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. A key issues paper developed in a participatory manner now sets out how the principles of openness in one’s own work are strategically taken up and how the implementation of open practices among employees is specifically promoted. Prof Klaus Tochtermann, Director of the ZBW, explains the significance of the paper in an interview.

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Open Access Journals: Who is Afraid of 404?

Open Access journals are known to be accessible to all. But will this be for good, too? An international study on the disappearance of Open Access articles and complete journals from the internet has caused quite a stir in the community. Yvonne Tunnat takes a close look at the study and uses the example of her field of work in digital long-term archiving at the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics to show what we can do against disappearance.

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Agile Working: Promoting Innovation and Open Science with Scrum

Projects that are completed too late, where costs get out of hand or which have been allowed to spiral beyond the users’ control: these are just a few examples of nightmare scenarios in project management. Digitalisation, changing values and a dynamic environment render it both possible and necessary to deal with new, agile forms of work. How about using agility in projects to push the implementation of innovation and Open Science? One way to do this is to apply the Scrum project management approach, an overview of which we provide here.

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Wikimedia 2030: Together with Libraries to the Largest Knowledge Infrastructure in the World

we were talking with Nicole Ebber and Holger Plickert For many years now, libraries have been undergoing a transformation towards digital infrastructure facilities. The aim is to manage the process of digitisation and the associated cultural change towards Open Science in the best way possible while preserving libraries’ time-honoured virtues. International Wikimedia organisations like Wikimedia Germany or the Wikimedia Foundation in the US have much in common with libraries. One could call them partners from the ecosystem of free knowledge. Together with an international team, Nicole Ebber led the process of developing the transformation towards Wikimedia 2030. Holger Plickert has […]

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Open Access Days 2020: Highlights & Tips

The Open Access Days 2020 were held online for the first time under the motto “Routes, Stakeholders, Effects”. Bringing their personal perspectives to the event, four colleagues share their highlights – from bibliometrics to open source tools, to transformation contracts and networking.

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Opscidia: Fighting Fake News via Open Access

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.

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Open Science Training: How to Implement Methods and Practices in European Research Libraries

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. CĂ©cile 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.


Open Science Right from the Start: How the UBC Okanagan Library Introduces Students to Good Scientific Practice

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.


FIT4RRI: Shaping Open Research and Innovation Responsibly

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.