News on Science 2.0 and Open Science (Newsletter December 2017)

Latest News from the research Alliance:

Study: digital science communication in the Leibniz Association

After the conduction of a study on the use of social media within the institutions of the Leibniz Association in 2014, in a follow-up study from 2016, the focus was somewhat broader on the role of digital science communication and the use of its tools. The results were published in 2017. The main findings are: 1) There is a high band-width of digital science communication – the intensity in the use of Facebook and Twitter is rising. 2) The strategic use of digital science communication is growing more and more important. 3) Social media indicators should be used for the evaluation of research facilities.

Study: The influence of personality on sharing research data

In the context of the project “Sharing Research Data in Academia” different surveys on the sharing of research data are conducted, because Open Data can only prevail through the willingness to share data. In the current state of research the influence of features of personality were analyzed. The results show that sharing of research data is depending on features such as age, gender and personality. To enhance the sharing of data it seems advantageous to set more personal incentives and respect the individual responsibility of the scientists.

Project MOVING

The EU-project MOVING has presented the prototype of the “MOVING platform” on the 2nd World Open Educational Resources Congress which was co-organized by the UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia. The prototype will shortly be published on the project website. Currently, there is a demo video of the platform.

General Meeting 2017

On 28th November 2017 the fifth general meeting of the Leibniz Research Alliance took place. The Alliance has received two new associative members: The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung) and Open Knowledge Maps. It has now grown to 38 partners.

In 2018, after five years of existence the alliance will start a strategic process to realign its focus. On the one hand this is necessary because of the increasing global Open Science movement with whom the alliance and the research topic Science 2.0 have a lot of connecting factors. On the other hand there was an evaluation on the instruments for strategic networking used by the Leibniz-community (amongst others the Leibniz Research Alliances) through the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The results of this evaluation will be used by the executive board of the Leibniz-Association and will also have an impact on our strategy process concerning the future of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0.

The results of the evaluation of the instruments for strategic networking are openly accessible:

Impact School

The first “Impact School: Science Transfer in the 21st century” from the Leibniz Research Alliance 2.0 took place on 29th November until 1st December in Berlin. The event was organized by the impact-distillery, the Alexander from Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, the German Institute for Economic Research and the ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.

The three day training was aimed for advanced doctoral candidates and experienced Post-Docs that wanted to know more about improving their impact outside of the science system. The training covered the three dimensions “Media and Society”, “Business” and “Politics”.

Open Science Conference / Barcamp Open Science

From the 13th to the 14th March 2018 the Open Science Conference, will be the fifth international conference organized by the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 on the topic of Open Science/Science 2.0 in Berlin. The thematic focus of this year’s conference is on the implementation of the “FAIR principles” for research data. The invited international experts are looking both at the view of research infrastructures and those of research communities. On top we chose 21 out of 56 submitted projects from the “Call for project presentations” that will be presented with lightning-talks and posters.

You can find the program and the registration on the conference website soon.

Furthermore on the 12th March, as usual on the day before the conference, the Barcamp Open Science will happen as well in Berlin.

Further news from alliance partners:

Survey: information search and publication behavior in engineering and natural sciences

How do scientist from engineering and natural sciences inform themselves about news and trends in their discipline? Which library services do they want? How do they publish their research data? These and other questions were asked by the Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology University Library (TIB) in an online survey on information search and publication behavior in engineering and natural sciences. More than 1.400 scientists participated. Concerning information search scientists prefer traditional ways such as science publications. Generally speaking the scientists value direct access to research data. Two thirds of scientists are publishing in Open -Access Journals.

Wikimedia: “Open Science Fellows Program”

The “Open Science Fellows Program” from Wikimedia has a duration of 8 months and will end in June 2018 with a final event. During these 8 months there will be open webinars, at which fellows and other interested persons can participate. Currently, the partner structure has been extended by the VolkswagenStiftung. Other program partners are the TIB Hannover, the SUB Göttingen, the Berlin Museum for Natural History and the Centre for Digital Systems of Freie Universität Berlin. Through the augmentation of financial resources there is space for 20 fellows that will be supervised by 10 mentors.

Registered Reports Workshop 2018

The Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID) will host a workshop for researchers, research infrastructures, journal editors, and publishers. The main focus of the event will be on the preregistration of studies and the improvement of this process.

Upcoming events in the context of Science 2.0 and Open Science:

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