News on Science 2.0 and Open Science (Newsletter April 2018)

Welcome to our fourth newsletter in 2018 with news around our Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 as well as general developments and upcoming events in the context of Science 2.0 and Open Science.

Enjoy your reading!

Open Science Conference 2018: Going into practice!

The latest developments in science policy, hands-on examples from scientific communities as well as current efforts in adopting the FAIR principles in research data management. This is what was on offer at the Open Science Conference from 13 to 14 March 2018 in Berlin. Take a look at our recap for ZBW MediaTalk.


Wikimedia Open Science Fellow Program: application open!

Wikimedia’s Fellow Program Open Science (Link only available in German) aims at making knowledge open and transparent. The application for the fellowship is open for researchers who finished their master studies in the last 10 years and work at a public or publicly funded scientific institution in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. Wikimedia is financially supporting their fellows in the research process and offering a wide network of Open Science experts, including mentors that are assisting in the further development of the submitted project. Deadline for application is the 15 May 2018!

Open Knowledge Maps Enthusiasts

Open Knowledge Maps initiated a Community Outreach Program called ‘OKMaps Enthusiasts’ to highlight the importance of their community and it’s crucial role in shaping the work of Open Knowledge Maps. The so-called Enthusiasts are spreading the word on OKMaps, providing insights on different aspects of OKMaps and reporting feedback.

The Open Science Training Handbook

The Open Science Training Handbook is the result of the Open Science Book Sprint from FOSTER Open Science that took place in February 2018 at TIB Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology in Hannover. Bringing together methods, techniques, and practices, the handbook aims at supporting educators of Open Science. The result is intended as a helpful guide on how to forward knowledge on Open Science principles to networks, institutions, colleagues, and students. The Handbook is available as Gitbook

What is Open Science?

In this blog post for Loyola & Psico from the University of Andalusia Pandelis Perakakis is reflecting on his introductory talk on Open Science to organizers of Eurodoc Conference 2017. One thing that became apparent during this two-day event was that, although irresistibly trendy, Open Science remains an elusive concept which has to be specified further.

Preprints: An underutilized mechanism to accelerate outbreak science

This study from Johansson, Reich, Meyers and Lipsitch analyzes the appearance of preprints at the outbreak of the Zika and Ebola virus. These provided the newest data 100 days before the publication. The authors come to the conclusion that preprints can complement peer-reviewed publication and ensure the early, open, and transparent dissemination of science relevant to the prevention and control of disease outbreaks.

French Universities Cancel Subscriptions to Springer Journals

After one year of negotiations between Springer and French Universities, 250 academic institutions in France have cancelled their subscriptions to Springer Journals. According to Couperin the national consortium representing the institutions, the rise of subscription costs was unacceptable in times of Springers’ open access regulations, where authors have to pay a fee to publish.

The European Commission adopted the implementation roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud

The European Commission recently adopted the Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud. The document gives an overview of six actions lines for the implementation of the EOSC: architecture, data, services, access & interfaces, rules and governance. It also describes the measures taken under Horizon 2020 Work Programmes to start implementing the EOSC, which has now become a policy priority for European research and innovation. Read more about this in their release.



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