Newsletter – Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science (Nr. 1 / 2021)

Around the research alliance and its partners

Barcamp Open Science on Tour

Two more barcamps around Open Science will be organized by our partners this year. Even though we would like to meet the Open Science community on site again, both events will take place online and participation is of course free of charge.

The first barcamp will already take place this Friday and Saturday (25/26 June ), but there are still free places. It basically aims at anyone interested in Open Science, but especially at Open Science officers. The event is organized by our alliance partner ZB MED in cooperation with TH Köln. Further information and registration.

The second barcamp will take place on 21 September  2021 (save the date, registration will open soon). This event has a thematic focus on the opportunities, challenges, and requirements of research with available data in the social, educational and economic sciences. The barcamp is organized by the alliance partner DIPF. Further information.


New Research Projects in the Alliance

In the research project “Incorporation of infection data on SARS-CoV-2 and other zoonotic viruses into the ORKG”, content from selected publications in the field of virology will be systematically added to the Open Research Knowledge Graph (ORKG). The focus will be on publications on the influence of mutations on pandemic events of SARS-CoV-2 and other zoonotic viruses. In addition, the suitability of the ORKG as an infrastructure for the creation of subject-specific knowledge graphs will be evaluated exemplarily for virology. Read more.

The research project “Reusing research data in a time of crisis: A change in research practices in the COVID-19 pandemic?” addresses the reuse of available research data. The project investigates a potential change in research practices from a focus on primary research to an increased acceptance of secondary research caused by crises like the current COVID-19 pandemic. In the current crisis, primary research in the social and economic sciences (including educational and behavioural sciences) is constrained by social distancing. Thus, the hypothesis is that the constraints should lead researchers to reuse available research data as a replacement for primary data collections that are much more difficult to conduct. Read more.


Wrap-Up: Open Science Conference and Barcamp Open Science

In case you missed it, the following reports and further resources could be of your interest:


GenR – Latest Blogposts

Decolonizing Scholarly Communications through Bibliodiversity

Diversity is an important characteristic of any healthy ecosystem. In the field of scholarly communications, diversity in services and platforms, funding mechanisms and evaluation measures will allow the ecosystem to accommodate the different workflows, languages, publication outputs and research topics that support the needs of different research communities. Read more.

Launch of Translate Science

Translate Science is interested in the translation of the scholarly literature. Translate Science is an open volunteer group interested in improving the translation of the scientific literature. The group has come together to support work on tools, services and advocate for translating science. Read more.


Leaving No One Behind – On the Intersection of Open Science, Knowledge
(In-)Equity and Inclusive Education in the North-South Divide

“From West to the Rest” (Grech 2011, 88) – this is what is being said in the context of inclusive education under a postcolonial perspective. Inclusive Education can be seen as a form of (‘western’) cultural imperialism is being said elsewhere (Haskell 1998). And yes, by looking behind the curtain of the globally understood concept of inclusive education it becomes clear that all that glitters is not gold. Read more.

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