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

Around the research alliance and it’s partners

The SprintCon

On 21 October the SprintCon, the 1st convention for communities who create open books and knowledge resources will take place at TIBLeibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology. It is the pre-conference of the Twenty-First International Conference on Grey Literature (GL21). The aim of this event is to gather and learn from each other – how to create resources collaboratively, how to finish them speedily and how to continuously make them better. If you want to learn actively, share experiences, and participate in growing our knowledge production skills together, then this convention is for you!

Open Science Fellow Programme: Meet the Fellows

With the Open Science Fellow Programme, Wikimedia Germany, the Stifterverband and the Volkswagen Foundation support scientists in openly shaping their research and teaching. The Fellow Programme will start its fourth round in September, with 20 scientists and scholars from various disciplines being sponsored and supported in their efforts to make their scientific work more open. This year 69 researchers applied for the programme. Meet the fellows and read more about their projects in this blogpost (Link only available in German).

GenR – Latest Blogposts


 Open Science & Climate Change Resources: A Collaborative Index — Contribute!

The climate index is part of the GenR theme ‘Open Science and Climate Change‘ for which there are two areas of inquiry. Firstly, a low-carbon energy future — technologies and innovations, and secondly, climate sciences — monitoring and understanding the environment and the effects of climate change. GenR is looking forward to contributions: Add a project, paper, software, data set, call-outs, etc! The index is available at the CryptPad platform.

A Community Science Index

GenR has compiled a collaboratively made index of resources to accompany the theme ‘Post-Digital Community Science‘, which ran over May/June 2019. The index has been organised to represent a number of areas and questions that were felt to be important for researchers looking to organise and plan research projects making use of Community Science. The categories in the index are projects, collaborative tools and open access, FOSS for open hardware, and spaces.

Planning a Community Science (AKA Citizen Science) Research Project

GenR has collated a dossier from its editorial theme of Community Science to show areas where research projects can hugely benefit from creating programmes for participation by the public — for science, learning, and society. In the dossier they have profiled well-designed integration of Community Science in research programmes that have been able to generate significant outcomes: creating first of kind data sets, opening up new fields of research as in health monitoring, democratizing environmental policies with new large scale data sets, or enabling scalable knowledge transfer via new outreach channels for schools.

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

Open Science in General


Why Open Science is the Future (And how to make it happen)

This report by ScienceBusiness explores the case for open science, illustrated by use cases and case studies, spanning academia, start-ups and enterprises. It seeks to explain why public sector and private sector researchers should support open science by highlighting concrete examples of disciplinary breakthroughs that have been fuelled by the sharing of research data, tools and infrastructure.

Legal Issues at Open Science: New Guide

Scientists, librarians and other members of scientific institutions are familiar with the challenge: the legal framework does not necessarily facilitate the implementation of open science offers or the publication of scientific findings in Open Access. A new publication (in German) which was produced as part of the Hamburg Open Science (HOS) programme now offers support and advice.

Interview: Open Access Preprints boost Article Citations and Mentions

What effects does submitting a journal article as preprint first have on its citation and sharing? A team of researchers found out that articles which were submitted as preprints are much more highly cited and shared online than those not submitted as preprints. In this interview, researcher Nicholas Fraser talks about the findings.

The OER Starter Kit

This starter kit by Abbey Elder has been created to provide instructors with an introduction to the use and creation of open educational resources (OER). The text is broken into five sections: Getting Started, Copyright, Finding OER, Teaching with OER, and Creating OER. Although some chapters contain more advanced content, the starter kit is primarily intended for users who are entirely new to Open Education.

FAIRsFAIR Open Call for Data Repositories

Would you like to get dedicated support for your data repository to contribute to a culture change necessary to achieve wide adoption of FAIR practices within the EOSC and beyond? The FAIRsFAIR project started to work on practical solutions for the use of the FAIR data principles throughout the research data life cycle. Emphasis is on fostering FAIR data culture and the uptake of good practices in making data FAIR. FAIRsFAIR supports two different forms of initiatives to apply for the call: Support for data repositories towards achieving CoreTrustSeal certification  and Support for the “FAIRification” of your repositories. They welcome repository managers and representatives to apply to one, or if applicable to both of the support initiatives below. Registration deadline is Friday, 30 August 2019.

Insights into the Economy of Open Scholarship

Knowledge Exchange has compiled a collection of interviews which illustrate how pioneering initiatives set up and operate new, or alternative business models, in the area of Open Scholarship. The collection of interviews gives an overview of the dynamics in the field of Open Scholarship services, which will help to improve general understanding of the economical mechanics that are at play in the business of Open Scholarship. With this, Knowledge Exchange hopes to inspire researchers, entrepreneurs, and other parties to make the move towards Open Scholarship.


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