News on Open Science and Science 2.0 (Newsletter April 2019)

Around the Research Alliance and it’s partners


Open Practices IN Education (OPINE): Research Symposium

The symposium OPINE is directed at researchers who work on Open Research Practices or Open Research Resources, or any related questions. It takes place from 14-15 November 2019 in Frankfurt/Main. Participants are invited to present ongoing and future projects, and to identify potential collaborators. The focus of the symposium will be networking and sharing of ideas. After a brief introduction of the participants, we will split up into parallel sessions, where the goal will be to discuss relevant topics which are of interest to the participants. The topics will be decided based on the submitted abstracts, which will be published (open access) before the symposium takes place. The participation in this symposium requires the submission and acceptance of an abstract. The participation is free of charge, but limited to 25 persons.

Deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2019

New Publication from research project “Netiquette”

The research alliance project Netiquette and profile in Science 2.0 has published a new case study on ResearchGate. The qualitative study presented in this article has analysed the communication behavior of a selected sample on ResearchGate (RG). It investigates how researchers present themselves on their personal profile sites and how they interact with other researchers. Overall, the results show that mostly young male academics without previous connections to each other (e.g. faculty colleagues) use RG for their scholarly exchanges.

The many facets of Open Science at DIPF

The term “Open Science” describes an opening of science with the means of digitisation. There are numerous possibilities associated with this: Collaborative scientific work and participation in research should improve, results should be as freely accessible and reusable as possible, and processes should become more transparent and verifiable. Experts from the DIPF Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education explain in this article (link only available in German) their individual benefits of Open Science and  how the institute contributes to this.

 Exhibition: Open Up! How Digitisation Changes Science

Open Science is a key to modern information provision. The exhibition “Open UP! How digitisation changes science” shows how the change of the established science system is received in practice and how it transforms the concept of “library”.
The travelling exhibition is a highlight celebrating the centenary of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. They invite you to immerse yourself in the world of scientific work in the digital age with images, films, infographics and experiment stations. Until 17 June it can be visited at Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Centre in Berlin.

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Loners, Pathfinders, or Explorers? How are the Humanities Progressing in Open Science?

There is an ever-increasing number of people who are interested in — or practice — Open Science or Open Scholarship. The Open Science Barcamp, which was for the fifth year already a recurring pre-event for the more formal International Open Science Conference in Berlin, is all about reflection. It brings together open-minded curious people from different countries, (disciplinary) background and level of involvement in Open Science for a full day of informal, but intensive and action-oriented exchange about how to take collaboration, transparency, reproducibility, and in general the development of an open culture to the next level. Erzsebet Toth-Czifra & Ulrike Wuttke offered a session on ‘Open Humanities’ and give an insight into their session in this GenR blogpost.

If you want to contribute an article on GenR please contact the editor Simon Worthington.

Open Science in General


How to deal with sensitive data

Sensitive data is data that must be protected against unwanted disclosure. Access to sensitive data should be safeguarded. Protection of sensitive data may be required for legal or ethical reasons, for issues pertaining to personal privacy, or for proprietary considerations. OpenAIRE has created this helpful guide for researchers on how to preserve sensitive research data safely.

Indian scientists launch preprint repository to boost research quality

Researchers in India will soon have their own preprint repository where they can post manuscripts from any discipline. The founders of IndiaRxiv hope it will improve the quality of science in  their country. The repository joins a growing number of preprint servers hosting research from a particular region, including Indonesia’s INA-Rxiv and Africa’s AfricArxiv. Read more about the attempt in this article.

European Commission adopts CC BY and CC0 for sharing information

The European Commission announced it has adopted CC BY 4.0 and CC0 to share published documents, including photos, videos, reports, peer-reviewed studies, and data. The Commission joins other public institutions around the world that use standard, legally interoperable tools like Creative Commons licenses and public domain tools to share a wide range of content they produce. Read more about the EC’s decision in this article.

Open Science in Canada: Grassroots Effort and a National Approach

Canada is transitioning to Open Science at a great speed. The Canadian government and a myriad of other stakeholders have a strong commitment to foster Open Science. What is the key to the success of Open Science in Canada and what could others learn from Canada’s approach? ZBW MediaTalk talked to Mark Leggott and Portia Taylor.

Science for Cities: Overcoming Borders

Why do we need scientific advice for cities based on urban research? Why is it not only a local, but also a global matter? Scientific advice for cities cannot be seen as a local issue, particularly because sustainable development is a global matter itself and needs a common approach. There’s quite a long list of grand challenges of the United Nations and respective initiatives to tackle them. In all of these it’s very clearly communicated that there is a strong demand for effective and plausible scientific evidence upon how to act; and it has to be applicable in different parts of the world. Read more about it in this interview with Michele Acuto.

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