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

Around the research Alliance and its partners

Strategy Process of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0

The Leibniz Research Alliance has initiated a strategy process. Representatives of the member institutions participated in a two day workshop from 11 – 12 June in Hamburg to develop some impulses for the future of the research alliance. Goal of this process is to create a new strategy for the alliance and to adapt its focus to current developments in the context of Open Science and Science 2.0.

Impact School 2018

The program for the Impact School is online now. In the three-day program, up and coming researchers will learn more on how to expand their research impact on Media & Society, Business, and Politics. The participants will discuss these aspects in different formats with our invited experts Benedikt Fecher, Nataliia Sokolovska, Juliane Meißner, Arne Meyer-Haake, Sascha Friesieke, Mohammed Rezazadeh, Christian Kobsda, Paul Wouters, and Marcel Hebig.

Extended Deadline for the Impact School: 10 August!

How to applicate

Interview with Simon Worthington: Forming Open Scientists and Shaping Science Systems

Helping researchers to make use of the open science changes and getting involved in shaping the future of new open science systems and tools is the goal of Generation R. Its editor, Simon Worthington, gives some insights into the new platform’s themes and services in this Blogpost in ZBW MediaTalk.

25th Annual General Meeting of the GMW

The conference (Link only available in German) will take place from 12-14 September at the University Duisburg Essen. It will present current developments in the use of digital media in university teaching. This year’s focus is on the design options of university development in times of digitization. In particular, it deals with issues of educational justice, participation in education, and the opening up of higher education. Contributions are presented in various event formats.


GenR Latest Blogposts

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.

Beyond #FakeScience: How to Overcome Shallow Certainty in Scholarly Communication

Lambert Heller is summing up the German debate on predatory publishing and gives some tips how to avoid being a victim of predatory publishers in this Blogpost.

Make Your Code Citable Using GitHub and Zenodo

GenR is providing a How to Guide for researchers that want to cite the software they used through Github and Zenodo. The article is part of a whole Open Science MOOC Module on Open Research Software.

Replicable Business Models for Replicable Science

Sebastian Nordhoff is giving some insights into sustainable replication models for a small scholarly press. His work is part of the OpenAIRE project ‘Full disclosure’.

Software Citation Implementation in Astronomy

Daina Bouquin and Arfon Smith are reporting how astronomy is adopting the Force 11 Software Citation Principles of software creators in this Blogpost.


Open Science in General

Digitisation, data protection, impact: the RatSWD discusses recent EU science policy

During its 49th meeting, the German Data Forum (RatSWD) discussed the effects of the new EU data protection regulation (GDPR) on the access to sensitive data in research data centres (RDCs), saying it yielded positive results. Impact assessment of research data infrastructures and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) were also on the agenda. Read more about it in their press release.

Galaxy Europe: New Training Platform for Big Data Analysis

The Galaxy Europe project aims to remedy training for Big Data Analysis with interactive, community-based, and freely-available online tutorials on data analysis in the life sciences. The open source platform can be accessed by scientists via an Internet browser. It requires no programming skills and all settings can be made using a graphic interface.

FAIR data advanced use cases

With this report Surf, the collaborative ICT organisation for Dutch education and research, aims to build and share expertise on the implementation of FAIR data policy in the Netherlands. Six use cases describe how people from different scientific domains are implementing FAIR in their policies and practice, or how they plan to do so in the future.

Academics in charge

In the current episode of “the Road to Open Science”, a podcast by Utrecht Young Academy, Christopher Jackson and Jean-Sébastien Caux are sharing their experience on open access. They both started open access publishing platforms and advocate that academics should be more in charge of the publishing system than they currently are. Publishing is too important for academia to be left at the discretion of the commercial players.

Ten considerations for open peer review

Open peer review (OPR), as with other elements of open science and open research, is on the rise. It aims to bring greater transparency and participation to formal and informal peer review processes. The authors of this article, Birgit Schmidt, Tony Ross-Hellauer, Xenia van Edig, and Elizabeth C Moylan, propose ten considerations for OPR. These were developed through discussions with authors, reviewers, editors, publishers, and librarians and provide a pragmatic, hands-on introduction to these issues.

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