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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. […]


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 […]



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 […]


Open Science Conference 2019: The Recommendations are Being Implemented Now

by Susanne Melchior and Dr Guido Scherp In the past few years, the Open Science Conference was strongly characterised by developments in science policy. The topics discussed included the uptake of Open Science at the European level, the resulting efforts to create the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and the FAIR principles in the context of Open Data. The focus has since moved in the direction of Open Science practice. At the Open Science Conference 2019, which was held in Berlin this year on 19 and 20 March, the presentations and posters were almost all practical examples. The event is […]


Barcamp Open Science: Shaping the Open Science idea together

by Susanne Melchior and Dr Guido Scherp Open Science is on its way to broad implementation, but this process is complex and lengthy. In order for a common Open Science idea to emerge and be implemented, exchange and networking are of central importance. The Barcamp Open Science contributes to this and offers a low-threshold platform for exchange across the entire spectrum of Open Science topics. This year it was once again evident that many participants used the sessions to discuss their burning topics. Enormous need for exchange This event format was offered for the fifth time on the eve of […]


Practice Report Open Science: These tools promote collaboration

we were talking with Lukas Galke Tools for digital collaboration are central to open science. But the variety of available tools is hard to oversee; building a suitable portfolio is complex. In our interview, Lukas Galke gives an insight into his project practice and explains criteria for selecting suitable tools. He is a research associate in the project “Q-Aktiv” (link in German) at the ZBW. The project analyses the dynamics of the science and innovation system and looks at research questions such as: How do existing science and technology sectors merge? Or: Which fusion of disciplines and technologies can be […]


ORION Project: Opening up Research in Life Sciences and Biomedicine

we ware talking with Dr Michela Bertero and Dr Luiza Bengtsson ORION is a 4-year project (from May 2017 to April 2021) which will explore how organizations in life sciences and biomedicine can open up the way they fund, organize and do research. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Science with and for Society (SWAFS) Work Programme. Nine institutions take part in ORION which is coordinated by the Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain. We asked Dr Michela Bertero and Dr Luiza Bengtsson about the project’s goals, actions and learnings […]


FAIR Data: Many paths lead to the EOSC

we were talking with Prof Dr Heike Neuroth Prof Dr Heike Neuroth is Deputy Chairwoman of RDA Germany and a member of the GO FAIR steering committee. In the interview, she shares her assessment of promoting FAIR Data and Open Science.   Ms. Neuroth, on the basis of your many years of experience in the scientific field, how, in your opinion, can good scientific practices be promoted with regard to research data management? Germany seems to be already quite well set up to me. There are currently a number of funding programmes both at the German Research Foundation (DFG) and […]