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

Around the research alliance and it’s partners

New research alliance project: Involvement of societal actors in the planning phase of large research projects

The research alliance partners Museum für Naturkunde (Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science), the Leibniz Institute for the Pedagogy of Science and Mathematics (IPN), and GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences have initiated a new project together. The overall aim of the project is to integrate questions from society into research-driven projects. To this end, different formats will be evaluated with regard to their suitability for early participation of these stakeholders in application processes. Concrete, the project partners conduct five so-called inspiration workshops and document them in order to use them for a later application. More information on the project and how to participate in the workshops can be found here.

Recap of the “Open Science 2019” at ZPID Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information

What has and what has not yet been achieved after the replication crisis in psychology? That was one issue of the ”Open Science 2019“ event hosted by ZPID in Trier, which especially addresses the psychology community. The keynote talks by Simine Vazire, Greg Francis, Richard D. Morey and Tom Hardwicke are available as video via ZPID’s media center.

Panel Discussion: Science, open up! What infrastructure needs good and open science?

How can access, searchability, and re-use of scientific publications be improved? More than 60 different stakeholders are currently participating in a dialogue of the Federal Government in order to contribute their positions, assessments, and needs with regard to a planned licensing platform for scientific publications. At a panel discussion on 12 June, (Link only available in German) Wikimedia invites you to discuss what kind of infrastructure good and open science needs.


GeNeMe 19 Conference from 9-11 October

GeNeMe stands for “Communities in New Media” and deals with online communities at the interface or from the point of view of several disciplines such as computer science, multimedia and media technology, economics, education and information science as well as social and communication science. The GeNeMe serves as a forum for the interdisciplinary dialogue between science and business, and for the exchange of experience and knowledge between participants from a wide range of disciplines, organisations, and institutions. Read more about the conference here.


Open For Nature: New Brochure

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin has released a new Open Science brochure. The intention of this brochure is to give an overview of their Open Science activities. It is a snapshot of activities at various levels, involving a variety of players in different roles. Concrete examples illustrate what the Museum für Naturkunde sees as its contribution to Open Science, how it defines its role in this regard, and how to expand it in the future.


Research Symposium Open Practices IN Education (OPINE): Call for Abstracts

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. The participation in this symposium requires the submission and acceptance of an abstract. The participation is free of charge, but limited to 25 persons. You can submit your abstract until the 30 June!

GenR – Latest Blogposts

A Community Science (AKA Citizen Science) Index

Generation Research is putting together two collaborative indexes to help researchers in developing their community science practice. The first listing is for FOSS tools and services, for example covering areas like: crowdsourcing, collaborative working, or data science tools. The second is a list of projects to demonstrate good practice in what can be achieved when engaging more with the public, with an emphasis of showing the different types of spaces and event formats that can be created: environmental monitoring, book sprints and dashes, or DIY universities.


Community Science, Fueled by Your Personal Data

Science, research, and society are missing out on the wealth of personal data being generated from the likes of fitness and health monitoring, and genetics because of poor regulatory framework to support user orientated and privacy driven data policies — AKA data sovereignty! Open Humans offers a working platform and data storage inside a standardized ecosystem that puts the users in control of their data and protects privacy. Bastian Greshake Tzovaras is giving an insight into the project.


Open Participatory Research — Four Challenges for Opening Science Beyond Scientific Institutions

Claudia Göbel proposes a framework of examination for how Citizen Science and other types of participatory research should form a more prominent part of the much needed cultural change in knowledge institutions. This is to complement the many reforms already underway in other areas of Open Science & Scholarship.

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

Open Science in General


2019 Big Deals Survey Report

The Second EUA Big Deals Survey Report is an updated mapping of major scholarly publishing contracts in Europe. Readers will discover that the total costs reported by the participating consortia exceed one billion euros for periodicals, databases, e-books and other resources – mainly to the benefit of large, commercial scholarly publishers. The report provides an overview of Big Deal negotiations across Europe, focusing on topics such as the organisation of negotiations, provisions on Open Access, and transparency of contracts and costs.

Use Open Data in Teaching: Free Online Training Course

In higher education and research, the topics of Open Science and research data management have gained interest. The training course by FOSTER stimulates the use of Open Research Data in teaching, thus furthering the Open Science movement. The module offers inspiring resources, such as good practices and examples of lesson plans and learning activities. It also provides practical information on how to use Open Data in teaching and indirectly encourages the acquisition of research data management literacy among students.


The Great Science Publishing Scandal

In this BBC – Podcast Matthew Cobb, Professor of Zoology at the University of Manchester, explores the hidden world of prestige, profits, and piracy that lurks behind scientific journals. He looks back at how the scientific publishing industry got to its current state and asks how it could change. Additionally he argues that scientists themselves need to break their addiction to wanting their articles to appear in a few well known journals, and instead concentrate on the quality of their research.


Munin Conference: Call for presentations and posters

Submissions are invited for the 14th Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing, to be held in Tromsø 27–28 November 2019 at UiT the Arctic University of Norway. The Munin Conference is an annual event on scholarly publishing and communication, primarily revolving around Open Access, Open Data, and other aspects of Open Science. They welcome abstract submissions on topics including but not limited to: Open Science case studies, Research assessment and evaluation as well as emerging trends in scholarly communication.


Guidelines: How to implement Open Peer Review and foster its adoption

How can open peer review be implemented? Where else could open peer review be applied and how could it be fostered in the future? Tony Ross-Hellauer, one of the authors of the “Guidelines for open peer review implementation”, is telling more about its core elements and his recommendations.


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