Open Science: Recommendations are plenty – it’s time to start implementation

Open Science Conference 2019 in Berlin discusses broad implementation of Open Science in practice – participants from Europe, Africa, North and South America want more exchange among involved parties and more engagement from science funders

Kiel/Hamburg, 28 March 2019: From 19 to 21 March 2019, the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and the Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science hosted the International Open Science Conference in Berlin. 220 participants from Europe, Africa, North and South America discussed how Open Science is implemented in practice. Among all stakeholders who can establish Open Science, science funders are seen as the most powerful enablers for creating the framework conditions for the required change.

From 19 to 21 March, 220 participants from 27 countries met in Berlin for the Open Science Conference ( to discuss Open Science in action. This year, the Open Science Conference focused on the implementation of Open Science in order to put into practice the decisions and recommendations that science policy and supporters of Open Science contributed over the last few years.

Consequently, the conference focus this year shifted from strategic developments and recommendations, as discussed in earlier conferences, to the practical implementation of Open Science. The following observations were made in various talks and contributions:

  1. Open Science is implemented and tested by diverse actors. Open Science is accepted. The conference contributions showed that various players and scientific disciplines implement Open Science on a wide front. The range on show was wide and encompassed infrastructures, tools and trainings. Important experience is gained how Open Science can function.
  2. Open Science is implemented top-down as well as bottom-up. The framework conditions created by the European Open Science Cloud and the Open Science Policy Platform make an impact and the focus is now laid on implementation. But many bottom-up movements in the science system also live the Open Science idea and create different initiatives and business start-ups.
  3. Open exchange must be established. Open Science is implemented particularly sustainably if all stakeholders are involved continuously and if intensive exchange takes place. This includes science institutions, professional associations and libraries, but especially funders and publishers. The development of a common Open Science idea is essential and exchange must take place globally.
  4. Science funders are the most powerful enablers of Open Science. Science funders are the essential shapers of the science system. If Open Science is to become daily scientific practice, the framework conditions must be improved in future and corresponding incentives must be created.


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