News on Open Science and Science 2.0 (Newsletter January 2020)

Around the research alliance and it’s partners

Barcamp Open Science 2020: Few Places left!

The Barcamp Open Science (10 March 2020, #oscibar) as pre-event of the Open Science Conference is open to everybody interested in discussing, learning more about, and sharing experiences on practices in Open Science. We would like to invite researchers and practitioners from various backgrounds to contribute their experience and ideas to the discussion. The Barcamp will bring together both novices and experts and its open format supports lively discussions, interesting presentations, development of new ideas, and knowledge exchange. Though, previous knowledge on Open Science is not mandatory. The Barcamp is open to all topics around Open Science that the participants like to discuss. The Barcamp Open Science is hosted by Wikimedia.
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Open Science Conference 2020: Get your Early Bird Ticket!

The annual Open Science Conference (11-12 March 2020, #osc2020) is dedicated to the Open Science movement and provides a unique forum for researchers, librarians, practitioners, infrastructure providers, policy makers, and other important stakeholders to discuss the latest and future developments in Open Science. Besides invited talks from international experts the conference programme covers hands-on presentations of recent developments around Open Science practices and a panel discussion.
Early Bird until 7 February!
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Open Knowledge Maps wins Austrian Prize for Free Knowledge

Our research alliance member Open Knowledge Maps has won the Austrian Prize for Free Knowledge of Wikimedia Austria in the category civic engagement. The prize is awarded to people and organisations that make outstanding contributions to free knowledge. In their rationale, the jury appreciated Open Knowledge Maps for making scientific knowledge more visible and better discoverable & reusable – also for those who are not employed at an academic institution. Congratulations to the Open Knowledge Maps team! You can find more information (in German) here.

GenR – Latest Blogposts

Simpler Website Tech: Leaving the PHP Island

Researcher and developer Daniel Jackson shares his experiences of using flat file web technologies in this blogpost for GenR. The technology can take the headaches out of running a research website by reducing maintenance tasks, lowering costs, avoid security headaches, and helping with archiving and keeping a site online long-term. The article covers a number of research site examples from running a personal site, for a research project, or archiving a site at the end of a project. Flat file approaches came about because of the long-standing security vulnerability of websites built on PHP/MySQL which continually run the risk of opening up a whole web server computer to being hijacked.

Channel Hunt: 10 Ways to Present Climate Change Science on YouTube

GenR has selected ten YouTube Climate Change channels to demonstrate different styles of presentation of scientific research on Climate Change to YouTube audiences. The recommendation was made to scientists working in fields related to climate change to post videos about their research on YouTube to ensure the voice of science is heard on this significant communications platform. To help scientists get to grips with how to engage with YouTube audiences GenR is offering up this varied selection of example climate change science channels.

Open Science in General

Ten Tips for Doing Open Science

Science is the quintessential public good. It’s an iterative process in which new knowledge builds on previous knowledge. For this process to work, science needs to be ‘open’. In this post, Blair Fix shares some tips for doing Open Science. If you’re an active researcher, these are tips you can use in your own research. If you’re not a researcher but are interested in science, these are tips that will help you judge the openness of scientific research.

Not yet the default setting – in 2020 open research remains a work in progress

In this blogpost for LSE Impact Blog, Daniel Spichtinger argues that there remains much work to be done in order for open research practices to become the “new normal”. Highlighting unresolved issues around learned societies and the globalisation of open research policies, he suggests that rather than floating passively on a rising tide, building a truly open research system will require continued innovation particularly at the level of policy development and implementation.

Atlas of Open Science and Research in Finland 2019

The Ministry of Education and Culture has published The Atlas of Open Science and Research in Finland 2019‘. The authors evaluate openness in the activities of higher education institutions, research institutes, research-funding organisations, Finnish academic and cultural institutes abroad and learned societies and academies. Finland was one of the first countries to start promoting the Open Science approach and to define the concept of Open Operational Culture and thus the variety of Open Science activities is wide.

Articles in ‘predatory’ journals receive few or no citations

Six of every 10 articles published in a sample of “predatory” journals attracted not one single citation over a 5-year period, according to a new study. Like many Open Access journals, predatory journals charge authors to publish, but they offer little or no peer review or other quality controls and often use aggressive marketing tactics. The new study found that the few articles in predatory journals that received citations did so at a rate much lower than papers in conventional, peer-reviewed journals. Read more about the new study in this article for Sciencemag.

Tracking self-citations in academic publishing

Citation metrics have value because they aim to make scientific assessment a level playing field, but urgent transparency-based adjustments are necessary to ensure that measurements yield the most accurate picture of impact and excellence. One problematic area is the handling of self-citations, which are either excluded or inappropriately accounted for when using bibliometric indicators for research evaluation. In this preprint, the authors report on self-referencing behavior among various academic disciplines as captured by the curated Clarivate Analytics Web of Science database.

Dramatic Growth of Open Access 2019

2019 was another great year for Open Access! Of the 57 macro-level global OA indicators included, 50 (88%) have growth rates that are higher than the long-term trend of background growth of scholarly journals and articles. Read more about the figures in this article from Heather Morrison.

Upcoming Events

• Chancen 2020 – die Bibliothekskonferenz, 12-13 February 2020, Hamburg (Germany)
• Open Science in Economics: from Politics to Practice, 17 February, Hamburg (Germany)
• Hacks & Tools meets #OERcamp, 21-23 February 2020, Hamburg (Germany)
• RDA Deutschland Tagung 2020, 26 February 2020, Potsdam (Germany)
• Barcamp Open Science, 10 March 2020, Berlin (Germany)
• Open Science Conference, 11-12 March 2020, Berlin (Germany)
• OER20: Open Education Conference, 1-2 April, London (UK)


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