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

Around the research alliance and it’s partners

ellow Program Open Science: Kick-off Event

Wikimedia’s Fellow Program Open Science enters its fourth year. In September fellows and mentors will meet for the first time in Berlin to get to know each other and plan their work for the next eight months. Wikimedia is hosting a public kick-off event (article in German) on 13 September where the fellows will present themselves and their projects. Alumna Dr. Rima-Maria Rahal will be holding the keynote ‘Science in Crisis: Open Science as Reform Movement’.

Development of a community for digital competence at ZB MED: Carpentries and HackyHours

A place, where interested persons can come together to share and learn from each other. For ZB MED Information Centre for Life Science, training activities for the development of data science skills are among the central tasks and important services. The Library and Software Carpentry Information Centre offers workshops for this purpose. It appeals to both the library and life science communities. Read more about their efforts in their blogpost (article in German).

Where have all the conferences gone?

In the ConfIDent project (article in German), the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology is setting up an infrastructure for metadata for scientific events. The aim is to develop a conference platform on which the metadata of scientific events can be made permanently accessible and made available in the highest possible quality through automated processes and specialist curating. In the long term, ConfIDent will cover a broad spectrum of scientific events, but will also take into account the subject-specific characteristics of conferences and their significance in the respective scientific disciplines.

Open Science in General

Open Access Strategy of the State of Brandenburg

Open Access as a cross-cutting task requires joint and coordinated efforts at all levels. The State Brandenburg has now released an Open Access strategy (in German) which defines objectives for the state of Brandenburg in the realm of Open Access. It defines the measures to be implemented by the relevant actors (scientists, universities, infrastructure facilities, and the state government) in order to contribute to the achievement of the objectives and to monitor the progress. In this way, knowledge from the state of Brandenburg is to be made more visible, discoverable, accessible, and usable.

 Meet the Research Impact Canvas

Benedikt Fecher and Christian Kobsda introduce the Research Impact Canvas (RIC) – a structured guide to plan science communication activities – in this blogpost for Elephant in the Lab. The RIC consists of five distinct modules (comprising in total fifteen elements) of a coherent impact strategy. These are: value, translation, operation, administration, evaluation. The modules and the respective elements they contain should be worked through iteratively to generate an effective strategy for impact projects.

Fitting the mould – What the European Commission’s second tender for an Open Research Publishing Platform tells us about the future of scholarly communication

The European Commission recently announced a second tender for its Open Research Publishing Platform, a venture designed to meet the publication requirements of Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe funded research, and to provide an open publishing venue for all interested researchers. In this post Bianca Kramer analyses what changes to the tender might mean for a future European Commission publishing platform and discusses the wider implications of the new tender for scholarly communications.

 Hundreds of extreme self-citing scientists revealed in new database

The world’s most-cited researchers, according to newly released data, are a curiously eclectic bunch. Nobel laureates and eminent polymaths rub shoulders with less familiar names, such as Sundarapandian Vaidyanathan from Chennai in India. What leaps out about Vaidyanathan and hundreds of other researchers is that many of the citations to their work come from their own papers, or from those of their co-authors. Richard Van Noorden and Dalmeet Singh Chawla on the problem of self-citing.

Citation.js: a format-independent, modular bibliography tool for the browser and command line

Given the vast number of standards and formats for bibliographical data, any programme working with bibliographies and citations has to be able to interpret such data. This paper describes the development of Citation.js ( ), a tool to parse and format according to bibliographical standards. The programme follows modern guidelines for software in general and JavaScript in specific, such as version control, source code analysis, integration testing, and semantic versioning.

Open Science in Switzerland: Opportunities and Challenges

This factsheet sheds light on the state of Open Science in Switzerland. The focus lies on the Open Access to scientific literature and to data because of their particularly high relevance to the scientific community in Switzerland, at which this factsheet is primarily addressed. Both topics are also important science policy topics in different parts of the world, but the developments in Europe are most pertinent for Switzerland. This factsheet therefore presents the issues at stake in the on-going discussion in Europe and particularly in Switzerland, pointing out opportunities and addressing the challenges. The recommendations are guided by the key consideration to shape Open Access and Open Data so that they foster scientific progress and benefit society.

Open Access for Monographs: Small Steps along a difficult Path

While a considerable proportion of journal articles are now available in Open Access, only a few scientific monographs are currently openly accessible. Recently, however, more activities have been started and a number of reports have been published. ZBW MediaTalk spoke with Olaf Siegert about the state of open access for monographs and about the activities of libraries.

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