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

Welcome to our second 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!

“Trials should be blind to results”

On the 25 and 26 January the Leibniz Institute for Psychological Information (ZPID) hosted  the workshop “Registered Reports Workshop 2018” on which the preregistration of scientific studies  is seen as a step towards more transparency in scientific research and making the scientific work better. The keynote talks by Chris Chambers and Joseph Cesario are available on youtube. (Talk by Chambers, Talk by Cesario)

Panel discussion: ‘Putting Open Science into practice’

On 15th February 2018 the Panel discussion ‘Putting Open Science into practice’ took place at the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology Hannover. The participants discussed how researchers can open their research and contribute to Open Science. Concurrently the FOSTER Booksprint aiming to produce a Handbook for Open Science Training happened at TIB and first results of this Handbook were presented. At the same time the Wikimedia foundation was also hosting a workshop on qualification in the context of their Fellow Program Open Science at the TIB as you can read in their Blog. (Link only available in German)

Workshop “Implementing FAIR Data Infrastructures”

A proposal for a Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop on “Implementing FAIR data infrastructures” initiated by the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 was accepted. The workshop will take place from 18 to 21 November 2018 at the Schloss Dagstuhl (Leibniz Center for Informatics) with about 30 participants (by invitation only).

The workshop aims to examine the role of computer science in the context of the Open Science movement. Specifically, the implementation of the widely accepted “FAIR principles” (findable, accessible, interoperable, re-usable) for research data will be discussed. The workshop links experts from computer science as well as from research data communities and infrastructures.

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)

The EC-funded project EOSC-hub started in January 2018, bringing together an extensive group of national and international service providers to create the hub. It was presented at the conference ‘Putting the EOSC Vision into Practice’ by EUDAT in Porto. Dr Jeff Love is reflecting on this conference in his guestblog. There seem to be a lot of uncertainties in regard to the actual concept of this Open Science Cloud and its funding. The Science Business report ‘The European Open Science Cloud: who will pay?’ is analyzing the costs and benefits of this EC project.

How Open Science could benefit from Blockchain

In this Podcast with Lambert Heller, Joris van Russom, Evelina Klimperts and SĂśnke Bartling the potential of blockchain-technology for the scientific community is discussed. Blockchain could facilitate scientific processes e.g. through providing new ways of financing research or as a weapon to increase the reproducibility and the quality of research.

Open Science and the long-tail of scientists work: Let’s bridge the gap

Despite a lot of investments in Open Science, it still is not part of most researchers’ routines. Dr Antica Culina, an evolutionary biologist, explains that one essential cause of this is the still tremendous knowledge gap between the large number of scientists working in the long-tail of science and the e-infrastructures landscape. In her guest blogpost she also proposes possibilities to bridge this gap in order to foster Open Science

Helmholtz Project: Options4OA

Helmholtz Open Science Project Options4OA (Link only available in German) is conducting a study on the current state of Open Access in Germany in which Open Access initiatives of scientific institutions and societies will be analyzed. Goal of the Study is to create recommendations to foster Open Access transformation. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

11th Research Data Alliance (RDA) Plenary Meeting

The 11th RDA Plenary Meeting will take place from 21 – 23 March 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Under the theme “From Data to Knowledge”, the plenary meeting welcomes the participation of all data scientists, experts and practitioners engaged in the advancement of data-driven science and economy. In this context other events are collocated e.g. the General Assembly which is also open for non-members.

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