News from the Research Alliance and on Open Science (Newsletter May / June 2020)

Around the research alliance and it’s partners

Save the dates: Barcamp Open Science and Open Science Conference

Our Barcamp and conference go into the next round, so please save the dates:

TRIPLE User Research Survey

Participate in a User Research Survey, which is part of the user research conducted for the European H2020 project TRIPLE (

The questionnaire is specifically targeted at researchers and academics from the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) at any stage of their careers – from Master student to full professor – who are currently working in a European country.

Click here to access the survey.

Freely available dataset on Corona lockdown measures for Germany

Our partner ZPID – Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information now provides the scientific community with a longitudinal dataset (see also the release note) that maps the lockdown measures on a daily basis for the individual German states. Compared to other existing data sets, this is a daily time series that tracks the day of introduction, extension, or expiration of the respective measure. The project is an open source project, with updates planned at regular – roughly monthly – intervals.

Recap: Conference “Future of Scientific Libraries?!”

In the digital transformation, academic libraries are facing great and diverse challenges: open access, research data management, information and data literacy, long-term preservation, artificial intelligence, citizen science, staff recruitment as a new bottleneck, the adaptation of library science teaching to new requirements – to name but a few. On 18 May 2020, ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences, in cooperation with the specialist magazine Open Password, organised a virtual conference on the future of academic libraries and focused on these topics. The videos of the conference are now available on ZB MED’s YouTube channel and also find a recap here (both in German).

Survey on Digital Science and Knowledge Transfer

The crisis situation around Corona shows us how important Open Science and science communication are. In this context, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Digital Business University of Applied Sciences (DBU) invite researchers to participate in a survey on communication and collaboration practices.

Open Economics: Study on Open Science Principles and Practice in Economics

The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics conducted a survey on Open Sciencce among economists in Germany. There is wide agreement with the principles of Open Science in economics. However, there is still room for development regarding the implementation of Open Science on a broad basis, and a high requirement for support regarding Open Science practices. Find a summary here.

CoVis – a new tool to discover reliable COVID-19 research

For the development of therapeutics and vaccines for COVID-19, scientists depend on valid knowledge on the coronavirus. But finding reliable research results is often difficult: with over 20,000 papers published on the topic, scientists spend a lot of valuable time reviewing the literature.

Open Knowledge Maps now announced the release of CoVis: a curated knowledge map of seminal works on COVID-19. Developed in collaboration with their partner ReFigure, CoVis provides a quick overview of research articles from eight particularly relevant areas of biomedical research. When key issues are not answered by a single research source, data and images from multiple sources are compiled into a visual dashboard called a ReFigure.

For further information, please see the full press release.

Wikimedia Open Science Fellow Programme “Free Knowledge”: Apply until 30 July

With the Fellow Programme, Wikimedia Germany promotes free knowledge in science to improve the exchange and cooperation between science and society. This also involves addressing the question of how open an Open Science really is and how principles of diversity and equity can be established. As a global social movement, Wikimedia is particularly committed to knowledge and communities that have been excluded by power structures and privileges. The programme starts into the next round. Applications are possible until 30 July. Please find more information here (in German).

GenR – Latest Blogposts

Open Practice in Science and Education

How can we make the shift from closed to open practice in research and education? What are incentives for researchers to apply open science and open educational practices, and what hinders them to do so? Read more.

Independent Publishing Based on the Values of Open Science

Open Science is linked with many values such as accountability, integrity, trust, reproducibility and of course, openness. From the beginning of the research process, publishing is key to inform the community and society about the findings and the winding road that led to them. Saying this, accessibility must be mentioned as a necessary condition and another core value of Open Science. Read more.

A Vision for Reproducible Research in Geoinformatics, Geography, and Geosciences

Research today is complex and often requires diverse skills. Many researchers around the globe collaborate on small or large scale projects to solve global challenges. Often, these challenges can only be solved in a {intra, cross, multi, inter, trans}-disciplinary groups and with the help of computing. If you need computers and algorithms to analyse data, no matter how small or big, you are in the realm of computational research. This is in stark contrast to how a large part of scholarly communication, i.e., “creation, publication, dissemination and discovery of academic research”, works today. Read more.

#openVirus – Knowledge in the Hands of Citizens

openVirus is innovating new types of search for research literature using data mining technologies to enable citizens to make use of scientific knowledge. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a variety of crises — health and economic being the most obvious — but serious issues are occurring in education, social cohesion, transport, manufacturing, and supply chains, etc. The vast majority citizens working in these areas are locked out of accessing scientific literature — as an example if a doctor had a question about ‘social distancing’ on a publishers site like Taylor and Francis they would find only 5% (21,919) of research papers as Open Access (Murray-Rust 2020), the rest (426,613) are paywalled. Read more.


Open Science in General

The corona pandemic has still a huge effect on science communication and how research is done. We collected some recent sources that deal with these effects.

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