From Science 2.0 to Open Science: Strategic realignment and renaming of the Research Alliance

The Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 was founded in 2012 with the aim of investigating how participatory tools and platforms on the Internet affect research and publication processes – initially with a strong focus on social media. Numerous projects and studies have been carried out under a main focus on “New working habits”, “Technology development” and “User behavior research”. With the Science 2.0 Conference and an associated barcamp, two international events have been established since 2014. The diversity of the member institutions and the wide range of the represented scientific disciplines and competencies make the research alliance unique in the German-speaking region and worldwide.

From the very beginning, there has been a great overlap between the research alliance’s collaborative projects and activities with Open Science. These overlaps increased as a result of the worldwide growth of the Open Science movement, which has led to a more intensive  engagement of the research alliance with corresponding Open Science topics. For example, the annual conference is now organized as Open Science Conference, and in 2018 it could welcome over 200 participants from 35 countries. And with “genR” an Open Science discussion platform was launched. In the context of this development, the research alliance began a strategy process in 2018 to analyze the status quo as well as its changed environment and to develop a perspective for the next five years.

The resulting strategy has a clear focus on Open Science. This also reflects in a new name: “Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science”. In future, the research alliance will be engaged in the following three fields of action: (1) Research & Knowledge Transfer, (2) Infrastructure & Tools and (3) Advocacy & Community Building. The operative implementation of this strategy will begin this year. Corresponding working groups are working on relevant topics. The research alliance also promotes open, participatory working methods.

Further information on the strategic orientation can be found in our “Strategy 2019 – 2024“.


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