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

Around the Research Alliance and it’s partners

Barcamp Open Science: Shaping the Open Science idea together

Exchanging ideas, sharing experiences, talking about Open Science. The Barcamp Open Science is the ideal opportunity for this. On 18 March it took place for the fifth time and showed the huge need for an exchange on Open Science and the further development of events for sharing learnings and ideas. Read more about our Barcamp Open Science in the recap for ZBW MediaTalk.

Open Science Conference 2019: The Recommendations are Being Implemented Now

The pioneering recommendations and agenda-setting seen in science policy in recent years are moving into the implementation phase. The Open Science Conference 2019 demonstrated, with many practical examples, that Open Science is being implemented and tested widely. Read more in our blogpost for ZBW MediaTalk.

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Further Articles on the Open Science Conference

Wikimedia Fellow Program Open Science

The Application for the fourth round of the Fellow Program Open Science is possible now. The programme is a joint effort from Wikimedia Deutschland e.V., Stifterverband and VolkswagenStiftung. It was initiated in 2016. The target group of the programme are researchers who work at a (public or publicly funded) research institution in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland and want to further their theoretical and practical knowledge on Open Science. Read more about the programme. (Link only available in German)

Deadline: 6 May 2019

Survey on the Assessment of the Scientific Character of Tweets KlaWiT

Please participate in this small survey (Link/survey only available in German) on the assessment of the scientific character of tweets. The survey is part of the Research Alliance Project “Classification of scientific Tweets KlaWiT” Read more about the project here.

“If you use social media then you are not working” – How do social scientists perceive altmetrics and online forms of scholarly communication?

Altmetrics have existed for a decade. However, a significant proportion of social science research fails to register any online attention at all. This impairs the usefulness of altmetrics as a tool to understand the relevance of social science research and also suggests social researchers are less inclined to engage in online arenas. In this post, Steffen Lemke, Isabella Peters, and Athanasios Mazarakis explore the attitudes of social scientists towards engaging in the online communication of their research, finding a research culture that often closes down opportunities for social researchers to engage in online fora.

GenR – Latest Blogposts

Theme Announce: Welcome to Post-digital Community Science!

In this Generation Research theme the idea is to look at how the general public can participate in the research process and the creation of knowledge as Community Science and how this is reinvigorating a culture of scholarship and science in society at large. The theme will start in mid-April 2019 and over the course of six weeks GenR will look to offer up examples of cutting edge work in the field from across Europe.

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

Open Science Top Ten Tools – All Open Source!

A list of general purpose tools for researchers compiled by Generation R which can be used with no additional learning other than standard user interface familiarity.

Will Education Become More Open?

Open Science practitioners embrace the ideas of sharing and communicating their research and interests as well as collaborating with like-minded peers, i.e., practicing co-science (McKiernan et al. 2016) such as on the Open Science MOOC platform. If they admit to those goals regarding their research, it can be assumed that those researchers adapt their attitudes and practices towards learning and teaching, respectively. So, if researchers move towards Open Science practices, will they do so in their higher education teaching? Will education become more open? More generally, what would Open Science principles (Bezjak et al. 2018) in education look like, for educators and learners, respectively? Tamara Heck’s blogpost is presenting the results of a questionnaire initiated by the working group.

Teaching Impact is Key to Make Science Socially Relevant

Funders and policy makers increasingly demand that science has societal impact. This becomes apparent in national debates or supranational initiatives like the European Commission’s strategy “Open innovation, open science, open to the world“. The call for societal relevance of research is motivated by an increased need for scientific expertise in the light of global and multidisciplinary challenges such as climate change, migration, or digitisation, and partly of course as a return-of-investment expectation. Societal impact is en vogue. In this blogpost Benedikt Fecher, Nataliia Sokolovska, and Marcel Hebing are presenting the idea behind their Impact School.

Open Science in General

Open Access Days: Call for Proposals

Current Open Access developments are changing the dynamics of the Open Access field. New funding requirements (Plan S) and national agreements (DEAL/Wiley) are trying to accelerate the transition to Open Access. The sustainability of Open Access transformation often plays a minor role. New pragmatic approaches generate high costs, the long-term financing of it is unclear, and possibly strengthen publishing oligopolies. The proposal is open for submissions on all aspects of open. They are particularly interested in sustainability aspects: How do we create interoperable, networked, resilient services? How do we ensure control by academic institutions? How do we make costs transparent and secure long-term funding?

Open Science Fair: Call for Proposals

OSFair2019 is organized as an emblematic initiative of OpenAIRE, co-organized by 3 other EU projects in the area of Open Science: FIT4RRI, EOSC Secretariat and FAIRsFAIR. This year’s OSFair is taking place from 16-18 September. It is locally curated by the University of Minho. Open Science Fair will critically showcase the elements required for the transition to Open Science: e-infrastructures and services, policies as guidance for good practices, research flows and new types of activities (disseminate, mine, review, assess, etc.), the roles of the respective actors and their networks. Early Bird Registration is possible until the 1 July.

Call for Workshops: 17 May 2019

Call for Posters and Demos: Deadline 1 July 2019

Introducing the PID Graph

Persistent identifiers (PIDs) are not only important to uniquely identify a publication, dataset, or person, but the metadata for these persistent identifiers can provide unambiguous linking between persistent identifiers of the same type, e.g. journal articles citing other journal articles, or of different types, e.g. linking a researcher and the datasets they produced. Martin Fenner and Amir Aryani are introducing the PID Graph which aims to connect existing persistent identifiers to each other in standardized ways.

Measuring researcher independence using bibliometric data: A proposal for a new performance indicator

Bibliometric indicators are increasingly used to evaluate individual scientists – as is exemplified by the popularity of the many other publication and citation-based indicators used in evaluation. These indicators, however, cover at best some of the quality dimensions relevant for assessing a researcher: productivity and impact. At the same time, research quality has more dimensions than productivity and impact alone. As current bibliometric indicators are not covering various important quality dimensions, Peter van den Besselaar and Ulf Sandström contribute in their article to the development of better indicators for those quality dimensions not yet addressed.

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