News on Science 2.0 and Open Science (Newsletter May 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.

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Around the Research Alliance and it’s partners


Panel Discussion ‘Open Science = Contemporary Science?’

From the first hypothesis, the data collection and the publication of results, open, comprehensible and reusable: that’s the character of scientific processes in Open Science. In times where there is a rise in distrust in science, whilst there are as many information available as never before, is Open Science contemporary science? How is this working in reality? Which challenges and obstacles are scientists confronted with, who want to practice Open Science? What do individuals and their institutions gain through opening their scientific practice?

As a closing event of Wikimedia Germany’s Fellow Program Open Science Vanessa Hannesschläger, Dr. Maximilian Heimstädt  and Dr. Kerstin Göpfrich are talking about their experiences with Open Science in a panel discussion (Link only available in German). The participation is free but registration is mandatory through an Email to .

Date: Friday 8 June 2018

Time: 6-8 pm, with informal gathering afterwards

Location: Wikimedia Deutschland e. V., Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24, 10963 Berlin​

Hashtag: #FellowsFreiesWissen

Citizen Science: New Wiki for historical knowledge

The German Institute for International Educational Research and Educational Information (DIPF) has released the new Wiki ‘Interlinking Pictura’ (link only available in German). The basis for the project are the twelve volumes of ‘The children’s picture book’ by Friedrich Justin Bertruch, which is offering children an overview about the scientific knowledge on animals and plants from 1790-1830. The books were digitalized and can now be accessed through the wiki and be further edited by citizen scientists. Bertruch’s children’s book is just the first step. The project wants to publish further data sets that are significant for the history of visual education and want to make them publicly available.

VIPER Project by Open Knowledge Maps

Much of modern research is done in projects. But getting an overview of a research project can be tedious: you are often faced with outdated project websites and dozens of lengthy reports.

The VIPER project by Open Knowledge Maps wants to change that – it is your guide to the world of research projects! Powered by the OpenAIRE infrastructure, VIPER enables you to get automatically created overviews of project outputs and understand their reception in different areas. You can even use VIPER as an automated dissemination page for your own projects.

Project Serious Comics for Open Science

This project of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 is dedicated to the new approach called serious comics. It combines the long-term trends to infotainment, edutainment, and gamification with the rising importance of graphics in Web 2.0 and in science communication. The focus of the research agenda is on the use of serious comics for Open Science including science communication and science popularization. The planned research activities include a corpus analysis of existing materials and related literature as well as qualitative and quantitative empirical studies. Read more about the project here.

Communities in New Media GeNeMe’18: Call for papers

The digital transformation has reached large parts of society and brings enormous challenges for business, politics and administration. New organizational structures and strategies emerge. Change processes affect the industry as well as the administration. In addition, science confirms new business models, new job profiles, and new communication channels. The GeNeMe 2018  (Link only available in German) taking place from 24-26 October examines innovative practices in business, politics, and administration, and identifies needs for research on methods and tools of the digital economy – especially with regard to the knowledge-based collaboration in online communities. The online communities call for an interpretive analysis. The following formats are invited:

  • Research contributions: 8–10 pages, usual scientific review process
  • Practical contributions: 2–4 pages, assessment according to practical relevance
  • Student contributions: 2–4 pages, evaluation based on typical criteria for higher education students work
  • Poster presentations: DIN A0 format, assessment according to scientific aspects.

Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2018 

Publication cultures and research data

This year’s theme of the series of workshops “ Publication cultures in transition” organized by the editors of the  Journal of East Central European Studies (Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung) and the East European History (Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas)  was ‘Challenge research data’. The workshop evolved around the topic on how to make research data usable for historical journals. Read more of their lively debates in the blogpost from Herder Institute (Link only available in German).

Open Science in General


Opening ceremony of the LMU Open Science Center

On the 8th of May the Open Science Center at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich was opened. The center aims at fostering the engagement for open, transparent, and reproducible research. This goal is supported by: Research on research, training of researchers, and addressing relevant committees in order to create new and innovative incentive structures for Open Science. In this podcast from Open Science Radio two of the members of the center Anne-Laure Boulesteix and Felix Schönbrodt talk about how the foundation came about, its self-conception, its mission, and the services it can offer to researchers at the LMU and maybe even beyond.

Don’t sit on our research data; share it with the rest of academia

In this double interview TU Delft Library director Wilma van Wezenbeek and Professor of Data Science Geert-Jan Houben are arguing why sharing your data will make you a better student, lecturer, or professor. They are also reflexing on how Open Science is going to change the scientific ‘ratrace’.

Scientists should be solving problems, not struggling to access journals

“It takes an average of 15 clicks for a researcher to find and access a journal article. This time could be much better spent.” This is one of the main arguments of the article ‘Scientist should be solving problems, not struggling to access journals’ in the Guardian. The article shows how alternative publishing platforms as SciHub could be the solution to this big huddle of research.

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One comment to this article

  1. Monika

    on Friday June 8th, 2018 at 10:18 AM - Reply

    Wieder ein wunderschöner Beitrag. Danke dafür 🙂

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