News on Open Science an Science 2.0 (Newsletter February 2020)

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TIB’s Open Science Lab receives “Hochschulperle des Monats Januar“ award from the Stifterverband

Digitisation offers the great opportunity to make scientific processes and knowledge openly accessible to all. This should strengthen the quality of research, foster innovation and the social benefits of science. The Open Science Lab (OSL) of the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and University Library in Hannover supports researchers who use the internet as a public space for research, teaching, and learning, and introduces young researchers to these new approaches. The Stifterverband awarded this innovative project with the “Hochschulperle Offene Wissenschaft des Monats Januar” (University Pearl Open Science of the Month of January) award, which honours innovative, exemplary projects that are realized in a university. Learn more about the Open Science Lab and how to build one in this blogpost.

From FAIR research data toward FAIR and open research software

The Open Science agenda holds that science advances faster when we can build on existing results. Therefore, research data must be FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) in order to advance the findability, accessibility, reproducibility, and reuse of research results. For good scientific practice, the resulting research software should be both open and adhere to the FAIR principles to allow full repeatability, reproducibility, and reuse. As compared to research data, research software should be both archived for reproducibility and actively maintained for reusability. The FAIR data principles do not require openness, but research software should be Open Source software. The authors of this article review and analyse the current state in this area in order to give recommendations for making research software FAIR and open.

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Civil Society Engagement Seeks Open Science for Rapid Decarbonization!

Opensay, a new open research community, recently launched to bring together civil society organisations and modelling researchers and apply Open Science practices to further 100% decarbonization planning and policy. Opensay: open (energy) system analysis community’ has come out of the predominantly European ‘openmod‘ open energy modelling community to partner with civil society organisations and bring open analytics practices to a wider audience. Read more about the initiative on GenR.

Open Climate Knowledge launches a Force11 Working Group—Join Up!

Open Climate Knowledge is an open research project supported by GenR. The project aims at making research related to climate change 100% open asap. To do this two strands of work are planned: firstly, data mining of open research paper repositories to build an open research knowledge base, and secondly, to make a plan for how to transition to 100% open. There is an open invitation to join the Force11 working group.

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Summer School on “Open Science”: ambivalences and tensions – New borderlands between science, technology and society

The Miguel Sánchez-Mazas Chair, the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis and the Human Technology Centre will be hosting an International Summer School for PhD students, titled Open Science”: ambivalences and tensions – New borderlands between science, technology and society. The Summer School is open to PhD students at any stage of the progress in their dissertation project. Deadline for the application is 15 March 2020.


TOP Factor rates journals on transparency and openness

A new journal rating system aims to encourage scientific editors and publishers to rethink — and, in many cases, dramatically overhaul — their commitment to transparency and reproducibility. The scoring system, based on the ‘Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines’ released in 2015, awards journals zero to three points for each measure. For example, a journal that requires authors to disclose whether or not their data are available will score just one point for data transparency. Learn more about the TOP Factor in this article for nature.


Life without a Journal Deal

What is it like to work at a library where the largest journal subscription deal was terminated? How do the researchers really feel about it? And what solutions are recommended? This episode of the Open Science Talk has all the answers through illuminating the case of Swedish libraries that lost access to Elsevier papers from 2018-2020.


The risks of not sharing data are greater than the costs

Research data represent a new currency. Traditionally, publishers did not publish or curate research data, they were interested only in publication. Now, research data and publications are at least equally important. Data aren’t just good for science. They are also good for driving the kind of innovation needed to solve some of the biggest issues facing the world today. The outbreak of the coronavirus is a perfect example of how Open Data can help tackle a major global issue. Large investments are needed to make research data open and accessible but tackling global problems depends on it, says Paul Ayris in this article.


More than 624 million citations now available on COCI

COCI is the first OpenCitations Index of open citations, in which the concept of citations is applied as first-class data entities. Every one of these is identified using a unique persistent Open Citation Identifier (OCI), to index the contents of one of the major databases of open scholarly citation information, namely Crossref, and make available this information in machine-readable RDF. Open Citations announced the third release of COCI, which contains more than 624 million DOI-to-DOI citation links coming from both ‘the ‘Open’ and the ‘Limited’ sets of Crossref reference data. This represents an increase of 40% in the number of indexed citations, compared with the second release of COCI on 12 November 2018, which indexed more than 445 million citations.


Altmetrics: How researchers assess the significance for scholarly impact

Altmetrics have been an important topic in the context of Open Science for some time. Despite this, little is known about the size of their impact and the role they now play in the everyday work of researchers. Steffen Lemke reports on the results of a survey among German researchers which also looked at their attitude to the use of Altmetrics for measuring relevance.

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