News on Science 2.0 and Open Science (Newsletter August 2018)

Around the research Alliance and it’s partners


How Science is benefiting from Social Media

In her article for “Forschung und Lehre” (article only available in German), Professor Isabella Peters reports on the development of the internet from of a static mass medium to a participatory space. This development has a huge impact on scientific workflows as she shows.

Netiquette between Students and Their Lecturers on Facebook: Injunctive and Descriptive Social Norms

There is an ongoing discussion if and how students and lecturers should interact with each other on social networks. In this article for Social Media and Society, Dr Stephanie Linek and Annika Ostermeier-Grabow present an empirical study on the so-called “netiquette” for Facebook contacts between students and their lecturers. In addition, they investigated the subjective perception of the majority’s behavior. This enabled a comparison between two different kinds of social norms: the injunctive norms (netiquette) and the descriptive norms (majority). Database was an online survey with 2,849 participants (2,550 students and 299 lecturers).

What’s the big DEAL and why is it so difficult to reach?

Following the panel discussion on “The future of Open Access in Germany: What’s the big deal?” at HIIG, Elephant in the Lab talked to high ranked representatives on both sides of these negotiations. Dr Nick Fowler – Chief Academic Officer and Managing Director Research Networks at Elsevier and Professor Gerard Meijer – Director and Scientific Member at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society (Berlin). They are asked about the next steps in the German DEAL negotiations and how far they will go to reach a compromise?

GeNeMe’18 Annual Conference

The GeNeMe 2018 examines innovative practices in business, politics, and administration and identifies needs for research on methods and tools of the digital economy – especially with regard to the knowledge-based collaboration in online communities this calls for an interpretive analysis. It will take place from 24-26 October 2018 in Dresden.

News around GenR

Generation R (R=Researchers) is the new online platform for Open Science discourse by the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0. In this section, we will keep you updated on its activities.

Be an author for GenR: The next theme on Generation R will be “decentralized web. We will look at how researchers can get involved in using what is on offer from decentralized systems while keeping their data and time invested in adopting or trialing these technologies somehow safe. If you want to contribute an article on this topic please contact our editor Simon Worthington.

#GenR Software Citation Round-up

This article serves as a concluding summary of headline issues from the Open Science theme of ‘software citation’. Software citation is an important building block in the future of Open Science and has run as Generation R’s launch editorial theme.

Decentralizing Education via the Blockchain

Alexander Mikroyannidis’ blog post is stating that today’s centralized education model is no longer sustainable. Learning happens increasingly outside the brick-and-mortar lecture halls of schools, colleges, and universities in online platforms within communities of like-minded individuals. In the networked, digitally empowered world of the 21st century, education providers often do not have remit or the means and capacity to cover the range of activities learners engage with, which attest their achievements, knowledge, and skills.

Open Science in General


Science communication in the digital age

One of the biggest challenges in science communication is to create trust. Especially in times where relations to truth have become uncertain and the classical and large institutions of liberal democracy like politics and the media are increasingly less trusted. Science is confronted with similar reservations. One way out of this crisis of trust could be the intensification of science communication. In this blog post Alexander Filipović is giving us some advice.

Research Data Management: These Portals and Self-learning Offers impart Knowledge

If you are a researcher or librarian and would like to learn more about research data management, you are faced with the following question: “Which courses and information platforms impart knowledge about research data management?” ZBW MediaTalk compiled some portals, MOOCs, and tutorials in this blog post.

Making Open Data a Reality

The prevailing policy approach to promoting open data in the natural and social sciences – “if you mandate it, they will share” – is not working. To bring about change, researchers themselves must embrace data sharing, which means ensuring that they have the right information and incentives. In this article Thoai Ngo is giving some advice.

How Freely Should Scientists Share Their Data?

The Open Science movement champions transparency, but how much and how quickly is a matter of dispute. Daniel Barron’s article in Scientific American is presenting some of the perils of sharing data.

Affordable Open Access: There’s a way, now we need a will

At this point in the Open Access movement, we can safely say that tools are no longer a major challenge – it is money and people. In his article Brian Cody argues that people are the main impediment.

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