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

Around the research Alliance and its partners

Generation R – exploring new ways to research

The Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 has launched its new online platform ‘Generation R’ (R = researcher) which encourages knowledge sharing and discourse about an open scholarly system in the digital age. The editorial focus is to take a ‘needs based approach’ to researchers. The aim is to look for conceptual and practical solutions that the wider community can use, refine and spread. Generation R especially addresses researchers who want to explore new ways of research with digital tools and believe open practices make science better. The platform will run a series of editorial themes to provide quick updates about new tools and ways of researching. The launch theme is ‘Software Citation’ for research, with the next themes planned as ‘The Decentralized Web’ and ‘Citizen Science’. The editorial format is to run blog posts and use collaborative authoring tools and consultations to further community participation and discourse.

Follow Generation R on Twitter:  @gen_R_

Impact School: Call for Application

There is a pressing need for informed expertise from all fields of academic research. Policy makers and research funders therefore place the question of societal impact at the top of their agenda. However, knowledge transfer, as the skills and knowledge necessary to make research accessible beyond the academic sphere, often plays only a minor role in university curricula and the daily routines of research institutes. The three-day training program of the Impact School is tailored to up-and-coming researchers who want to learn the skills necessary to maximize the impact of their research beyond academia. In the course of the training, participants will understand concepts and tools of science impact as well as science transfer and learn how to apply them to their own research. Participants are asked to apply with a letter of interest, giving a brief overview of one of their own research topics and how the training could increase the societal impact of their research (approx. 500 words). The training is limited to 25 participants.

Date: 17-19 September 2018

Location: Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin

Application Deadline: 30 July


ZPID twin conferences ‘Big Data in Psychology‘ and ‘Research Synthesis‘

The Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID) has organized the two conferences ‘Big Data in Psychology’ and ‘Research Synthesis’ from 7-12 June at its seat in Trier, Germany. They offered the opportunity to inform oneself about various fields of application, to learn about innovation and to establish new contacts. Six days were filled with keynotes, sessions and workshops. More than 150 participants attended the renowned keynote speakers who arrived from all over the world – from China, Europe and the United States.

Call for Paper ‘Data Integration in the Life Sciences‘ (DILS 2018)

The 13th International DILS Conference held by TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology provides a forum for the discussion of data management on the life sciences, including open problems and technical solutions for integration, query processing, and analytics. In particular, the thirteenth edition of DILS will focus on big life science data coming from diverse data sources, e.g., genomic data collections, biomedical literature, or clinical records, and in the challenges for transforming big data into actionable insights. More information on the range of topics to submit can be found here.

Deadline for research papers: 6 July, 2018

Deadline for industry, demonstration, and application/experience papers:

13 July, 2018

GIGA’s new Metadata Database for Area Studies

The German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) has presented its new database (link only available in German) which offers quantitative and qualitative data from GIGA projects. This new tool is part of the Institute’s Open Access strategy which fosters the sharing of research data.

Open Science to underpin innovation in Europe

The second EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) summit took place on 11 June in Brussels. Only two years after its launch, the EOSC is one step closer to becoming a reality: a pan-European virtual environment for all researchers to access, store, analyze, and re-use data for research, innovation, and educational purposes and make the EU a global open science leader. This blogpost by Thomas Skordas bears good news. A first version of the EOSC will be launched on 23 November 2018.


Call for Papers: Special Issue on Engaging with Open Science in Learning and Teaching

The ‘Information on Education’ is planning a Special Issue on Engaging with Open Science in Learning and Teaching. At this special issue they call for contributions that explore and discuss the impact of open science on learning and teaching, including new pedagogical approaches, strategies and policies, capacity building, and what opportunities and challenges it brings for educators, students, and learning institutions. Papers from the Information and Communication Disciplines (ICDs) and beyond, from diverse educational systems, including higher education, schools and technical vocational education and training (TVET) are invited.

Submission Deadline: 15 December 2018

Preprints: The What, The Why, The How.

In this Blogpost Rusty Speidel and Matt Spitzer from the Centre for Open Science are giving a good overview on preprints, their potential, and why they are spreading in the scientific community. One reason for the increase in preprints is their impact on the visibility of research. They make science more transparent to others. The article also introduces the own preprint platform of the Centre for Open Science.

‘Uncitable’ research is infinitely more tweetable (Or: What kind of publications get shared on Twitter)

This Altmetrics Blogpost by Stefanie Haustein is analyzing scholarly communication on Twitter. It explores if people link to scholarly papers when they tweet about research and identifies which document types, scholarly disciplines, and journals receive the most attention on Twitter. The focus lies on the quantitative analysis of document metadata such as journal, discipline, publication year, and document type, rather than on the tweet itself.

What does it take to make an institution more diverse?

Many research institutions have made efforts to increase diversity among their administrations, faculty and staff members, and student bodies. This article by Nature is interviewing scientists on their institution’s efforts to make research institutions more diverse and how their ideas of increasing the proportion of minorities such as black, Hispanic, and female science faculty members in the US are trying to find a solution.

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