The current science system is undergoing a fundamental change in the course of the “digitisation of the science system”. The term is used to describe changes in scholarly research and publication processes arising from the new possibilities offered by participatory web applications. All aspects of the research and publication cycle experience systemic change. New technologies, but also the increasing number of researchers worldwide, the requirements for making sicentific data and publications accessible, the growing use of social media tools, new forms of scholarly publishing such as wikis and blogs, and not least the heightened public interest in researching social challenges lead to an opening of the research process and influence the way science is practised.
Against this backdrop, and because of the importance of “Open Science” at the European level, the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 and the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics have initiated a series of expert talks on “Indicators for the digitisation of the science system” with the support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The talks aim to identify a list of indicators that can serve as a proposal for quantified descriptions of the digitisation of the science system and for further debates in science policy. Three expert talks are in planning:
The first expert talk aims to establish a common understanding of what the essential aspects of the “digitisation of the science system” are and how it relates to corresponding developments in Europe. On this basis, subject areas will be identified for which indicators can be defined.
In the second expert talk, working groups will disucss potential indicators for these subject areas with researchers from different disciplines. At the end of the discussion, a manageable number of indicators for every subject area will exist.
In the third expert talk, the indicators for the subject areas will be condensed. The result will be a harmonised list of indicators that can serve as a proposal for quantified descriptions of the digitisation of the science system and for further debates in science policy.