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Digital Trends 2021: Collective Displacement Leads to Relocation and Rethinking of Activities

The trends expected to have an impact in 2021 are mostly influenced by the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, we take a look at trends like Liquid Infrastructure, In-Game Experiences, Digital Parity and Subscription Sharing that might be applied to library services, to libraries as working spaces or to the context of Open Science.

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Open Science & Libraries 2021: 20 Tips for Conferences, Barcamps & Co.

Which conferences and events could be worth a (online) visit in 2021? We have put together a selection of events related to Open Science and / or libraries. Here are our 20 favourites:

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Barcamp@GeNeMe’2020: Open Science in Times of Crisis

Like many other events, the first “satellite event” of the Barcamp Open Science had to be moved to digital space due to the global pandemic. Appropriately, the topic “From the crisis of science to science for times of crisis?” was addressed. Contributors showed different examples of where Open Science can help in overcoming global challenges. And the digital space offered the possibility of global participation. In the following, organising team and contributors give some insight into the barcamp.

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The 2019/20 Barometer for the Academic World: New Insights for Open Science?

What is the state of science in Germany these days? The Barometer for the Acadamic World has been dedicated to answering this since 2010, examining areas such as Open Data, Open Access, Peer Review and the question of how trustworthy scientific knowledge actually still is. We took a look at how much Open Science is in the current report.

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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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