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

Around the research alliance and it’s partners

Research symposium Open Practices in Education (OPINE)

On 14 and 15 November 2019, the research symposium on ‘Open Practices in Education (OPINE)’ raised fundamental questions about Open Science, Open Education and Open Scholarship. The event offered the participants a forum to present their current projects in the context of Open Science and to network with each other. In his introductory talk, Tobias Steiner presented a series of existing perspectives on Open Science and Open Science practices. Read more about the symposium in this blog article by Machteld Venken. All contributions of the symposium can be found on Zenodo.

 Get more insight into the connections of research papers

Know-Center and Open Knowledge Maps have partnered to develop Concept Graph, a novel discovery tool, which represents documents and related concepts (e.g. keywords, authors) in a graph. The tool enables you to find new documents based on individual concepts, for example, a keyword that is particularly relevant to you. You can also discover co-authorships, or unveil topics of a particular author. For a limited time you can try out Concept Graph via Open Knowledge Maps. They have integrated links to Concept Graph on every map, so you can easily create graphs either from individual documents or for the top documents in your knowledge map.

What is OPEN? New brochure

A new brochure (link and brochure in German) published by Open Knowledge Foundation and Wikimedia explains Open Data, Open Education and Open Government. Many areas in which openness is required. But what exactly does that mean? The brochure intends to provide an introduction to the open world and clarify the most important questions about free licences.

GenR – Latest Blogposts

An Open Energy System Modeling Community

The Open Energy Modelling Initiative (shortened to openmod) is an online and offline umbrella community devoted to promoting open energy system modeling and analysis. While there are no restrictions on application area, the bulk of funded research is directed toward questions involving public policy. As of late‑2019, the openmod has about 600 participants on its mailing list, with most of them being full‑time researchers or analysts. Read more about the initiative in GenR’s blogpost.

YouTube — Fix Your AI for Climate Change! An Invitation to an Open Dialogue

GenR interview with Joachim Allgaier on his recently published study on how social media platforms such as YouTube have become hostile to climate science. When you search around climate change on YouTube the results are 50/50 climate science versus anti-science Chemtrails conspiracy theories. YouTube and Google Scholar have been strategically hijacked by groups posting anti-science content, while at the same time academia has neglected to use YouTube and recognise it as the vitally important channel for their scientific voices to be heard. The interview is a call for scientists to actively engage with the platform and for YouTube to reflect the values put forward by its CEO and Google co-founder Susan Wojcicki of an appreciation of the scholarly environment within Silicon Valley.

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Open Science in general

Dutch universities and research funders move away from the impact factor

In a collaborative effort Dutch research institutes and funders announce the development of a new system of recognition and rewards. One year ago, the Dutch universities, university medical centers, and research institutes, together with funding agencies NWO and ZonMW put forward the ambition to revisit their collective system of recognition and rewards. Last week the position paper ‘Room for everyone’s talent’ – a collaborative document – was published. Read more about the efforts here.

A Systemic View of Research Impact – An Invitation

How do we understand research impact and how does this understanding shape the knowledge societies in which academics carry out and communicate their research? Posing these questionsBenedikt Fecher and Sascha Friesike present the first chapter of a work in progress and invite readers to contribute to a larger collaborative writing project seeking to reframe the way we currently think about research impact.

 Open Research and Data Sharing: Are We Hearing What Researchers Are Telling Us?

Open Research – often called Open Scholarship or Open Science – is a combination of scientific outputs like journal articles and newly technologically-enabled research practices. There is increasing recognition that we need to innovate both technologically and socially in order to enable (and incentivize) people to adopt Open Research practices. Any change in practice, even one with benefits to the people potentially making that change, requires an activation energy that technical solutions alone do not usually deliver. At the same time, researchers are being required to comply with mandates and policies – that can often be confusing, and at times even conflicting. In this article Wiley asked Fiona Murphy what she has learned from researchers about data sharing.

Engaging Researchers with Data Management: The Cookbook

Effective research data management (RDM) is a key component of research integrity and reproducible research, and its importance is increasingly emphasized by funding bodies, governments, and research institutions around the world. However, many researchers are unfamiliar with RDM best practices, and research support staff is faced with the difficult task of delivering support to researchers across different disciplines and career stages. What strategies can institutions use to solve these problems? The guide ‘Engaging Researchers with Data Management’ is an invaluable collection of 24 case studies, drawn from institutions across the globe, that demonstrate clearly and practically how to engage the research community with RDM.

How can “Next Generation Research” succeed?

On 1 and 2 October 2019, the German Research Foundation (DFG) was concerned with the visions of researchers for science in 20 years’ time. The participants exchanged ideas on the topics of transdisciplinary research, research without borders and researching together. Also a lot of discussions revolved around free knowledge and the way digitization is changing science. Read more (link in German) about the workshop here.

6 key issues to address for research data management in the Netherlands

The road to Open Science is not a short one. As the chairman of the Executive Board of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), Karel Luyben, is keen to point out, it will take at least 10 or 15 years of travel until we reach a point where Open Science is simply absorbed into ordinary, everyday science. Within the Netherlands, there is already a lot of progress being made. But there is still much travel to be done; many new landscapes to be traversed. Data sharing is still far from being the norm. The authors of this blogpost have put together six areas that, in their opinion, deserve attention on the Open Science journey.

2019 Open Access Days: Business models and their financial impacts for Open Access transformation

At the 2019 Open Access Days, business models for Open Access transformation were one area of focus. Connected with this were questions of the extent to which previous business models hinder transformation and which alternative business models exist. Open Educational Resources, their fields of application and previous barriers in practice were also in focus. Take a look at ZBW MediaTalk’s recap.

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