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

Around the research alliance and it’s partners

Digital Salon at TIB

At the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, the Digital Salon (Link in German) is entering its second round. In lectures and discussions, the question will be examined of how scientific work can be successful and more effective in an increasingly digital environment. The events are aimed primarily at scientists, researchers, postdocs, and students. All events are streamed live on vimeo.

The Open Planning Laboratory at the Museum für Naturkunde

The experimental ‘Open Planning Laboratory’ in the Museum für Naturkunde opened its doors for visitors to the museum in January 2018. Part of the team from the Museum’s department of exhibition development and knowledge transfer moved to an exhibition room that was once again available after the renovation was completed. The stated aim of moving their workplaces was (1) to be more visible for colleagues as well as visitors, (2) to test an open work environment and to personally experience its actual working conditions that collection workers and researchers might have to face in future, and (3) to be close to the visitors, for whom the exhibition is designed. In this article Wiebke Rössing and Lisa Deborah Jahn summarize the experiences of the ‘Open Planning Laboratory’.

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Improving (Meta)Data Standards for Atmospheric Models – the AtMoDat Project

Read more about the newly launched AtMoDat project which is carrying out research to enable data used in Atmospheric Models for Climate Research to be open and reusable. The research will make use of DataCite DOIs and metadata schema, acting as extension to the schema while being supported by AtMoDat partner infrastructure service providers.

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Open Science in General

Open Access Roadshow

From 11-14 November, the university libraries of Schleswig-Holstein are organizing a roadshow at the campuses in Kiel, Lübeck and Flensburg (in German) with top-class speakers around the topics Open Access and Open Science. The state government is supporting this new series of events with funds from the Digitization Program Schleswig-Holstein in order to bring the topic of Open Access as part of the worldwide Open Science movement even more into the limelight in the north. The starting signal will be given on November 11th, 2019 with a kick-off event in the University Library Kiel. In addition to lectures and poster presentations, there will be a stimulating podium discussion. The complete program and the registration form for the kick-off event can be found here. The participation in the event is free of charge!

Open Science needs Open Infrastructures. On the discussion of the results of the European Mutual Learning Exercise: Open Science – Altmetrics and Rewards

Within the framework of a European Mutual Learning Exercise, the transition to Open Science was discussed with a focus on alternative metrics for measurement and evaluation, as well as new incentive systems. Katja Mayer presents (article in German) the results of this exchange in the light of the challenges for open infrastructures. Now seems to be the right time to reassess and open up infrastructures in terms of their socio-technical functions and responsibilities in the publicly funded science system. However, this can only succeed if their architecture and logic are kept transparent and the knowledge about their usage remains open.

Blockchain: How it could make research more open and transparent

Blockchains are credited with bringing great benefits for economics and society. This also applies to the higher education sector. A recently published study explores blockchain in higher education. ZBW MediaTalk took a closer look at the study with the focus on which application scenarios seem to be particularly interesting in relation to promoting Open Science.

Insights into European research funder Open policies and practices

A new report by SPARC Europe summarises the results of a survey of European research funders on Open Access (OA) and Research Data (RD) policies The report was commissioned in consultation with representatives from the following organisations: ALLEA, the European Foundation Centre and Science Europe, and a wider advisory group. Launched in the spring of 2019, the survey, which targeted about 400 funders, garnered just over 60 responses from 29 countries. The cohort includes important national funding agencies (almost 50%), pan-European funders, national and regional academies, foundations and philanthropic organisations, and research charities.

10 Simple Rules for Innovative Dissemination of Research

Research dissemination is undergoing a phase of transformation, in large driven by the power of new digitally-networked technologies and the movement beyond traditional, journal-based forms of communication. This has paralleled a greater push towards public engagement with science since the 1980s, with an emphasis on new forms of participation beyond scholarly audiences. In this article the authors take innovative dissemination to mean dissemination that goes beyond traditional venues for academic publishing in order to achieve more widespread research uptake and understanding.

The Research Data Sharing Business Landscape

The landscape of actors involved in supporting the publication and sharing of research data is a crowded one, populated by research funders, scholarly publishers, university administrations and libraries, and non-profit organizations. Ithaka S+R has studied a number of key trends in this space, including how scholars manage their own collections (for example, datasets), the hiring of data librarians at research universities, and the ways in which successful data sharing happens in established and emergent data communities.

How can Open Science benefit your career?

While the term and concept have been around for a while now, Open Science has been, in the last 10 years, a huge focus for scholarly research and researchers. Open Science is now a broad term that encompasses a number of related ideas. Many researchers and scholarly or popular articles have focused on what defines Open Science and why it is good and important. This article instead focuses on why, even if you don’t care about the values that are promoted by Open Science, Open Science can benefit your career and therefore why you should still abide by the practices.

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