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

Around the research alliance and it’s partners

Open Science Conference: Call for Poster Presentations and Speakers

The Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science invites the research community as well as further important stakeholders of the Open Science movement to submit an abstract for our calls for the Open Science Conference from 12-13 March 2020. As usual we invite you to submit poster presentations on innovations supporting Open Science practices, empirical studies, and use cases highlighting the benefits of Open Science. We also welcome best practices dealing with Open Science education and science communication. Additionally, we have a call for speakers for the first time. With this call we invite you to apply for a plenary talk at the conference. A talk should address Open Science aspects on a broader level. We are looking forward to your submissions!

Important dates:

Abstract submission deadline: 11 October 2019

Notification of acceptance / rejection: 9 December 2019

Conference date: 11-12 March 2020, Berlin, Germany

Translating Science: What’s good and what’s not?

In the context of this year’s Impact School ‘Elephant in the Lab’ is organizing a Meetup at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) on 1 October in Berlin. It brings together researchers and practitioners who are active on the science and society interface to tackle the question of quality in science communication and to share insights of how it can work. If you happen to be in Berlin on Tuesday and have some spare time, come over!


ZPID on Tour – Open Science Tools and Services

The Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID) offers the academic community in psychology a collection of free Open Science services that facilitate their work. To spread the word about these services ZPID has started a roadshow. 16 events are planned throughout Germany and Austria, open to anyone interested. In addition to a general overview of ZPID and its services, each event will have a different focus depending on the interests named by the hosting institution. A list of the scheduled events can be found here.


Study on Open Practices: Educational researchers wanted

The project ‘Open Practices of Educational Researchers (OPER)’ is looking for educational researchers’ participation. Within the scope of a study the project wants to analyse researchers working methods and how Open Science  can be applied. They are looking for young academics (PhD, postdoc, junior professor) from the field of educational research who have the time and interest to get to know and try out open practices and to report on their experiences. The key question is what added value open practices can have for researchers and teachers? In case of any questions please contact Dr Tamara Heck.


‘Museum für Naturkunde’ presents Open Access Guideline

As an integrated research museum, the Museum für Naturkunde (Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science) in Berlin faces up to the changes in science and plays an active role in shaping them. The objective in the coming years is to further advance the opening of the museum research activities. Open Access stands for unrestricted and free access to quality-checked scientific information on the Internet. In order to further strengthen Open Access and to anchor it within the institution, an Open Access policy  (in German) has been adopted which takes into account the special requirements placed on the museum.


New Brochure: OER for vocational training

Open Educational Resources (OER) are becoming increasingly interesting for vocational training. A new brochure (brochure and link in German) by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) provides a basic introduction to OER: legal aspects to consider, where to find OER, and how to use them. There is also a part covering the topic of how to create OER yourself and to make sure they are financed and quality assured. The target group of the brochure are practitioners of vocational education and training.

GenR – Latest Blogposts

Open Climate Knowledge: 100% OA for Climate Change

Peter Murray-Rust, GenR and the Open Science Lab at TIB have initiated an open research collaboration ‘Open Climate Knowledge’ to address the question of how to improve on the low rates of Open Access publishing related to climate change research. Together they want to change this. Firstly, by establishing better stats on OA rates and secondly, by coming up with a plan and recommendations for an accelerated transition to 100% OA for climate change research.


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

Open Science in General

Open Science in Research Projects: Library supports from Grant Proposal to Final Report

If Open Science aspects of research projects are not planned in the early stage of writing a grant proposal, a lot of problems may occur during the projects’ lifetime. At the same time offering support to researchers is an opportunity for libraries to have happy patrons and build long lasting relationships with researchers that become the best ambassadors for Open Science. Romain Féret gives an insight into the Open Science service of the University of Lille and its experiences in his interview with ZBW MediaTalk.


The FAIR is in Town

In the latest episode of the ORION Open Science Podcast Zoe Ingramm and Emma Harris are highlighting some of the Open Science tools presented at the Open Science FAIR in Porto this month. From Figshare to Github these tools help researchers to open up their research.


Academic SEO as a new service in publication consulting

How can librarians with their competences in information science help authors to make their publications easier to find? The so-called Academic Search Engine Optimization (ASEO for short) (Link in German) is a little-noticed aspect when preparing a scientific manuscript for publication. With simple measures such as the choice of meaningful author keywords, scientists can increase the visibility of their papers in library catalogues, databases, repositories, and search engines. Employees of the Publication Services at the University of Graz provide the basics of findability and practical tips for optimizing. In this lecture an insight into the development of the consulting concept, it’s implementation as well as an introduction are given.

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