Newsletter – Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science (Nr. 5 / 2020)

Around the research alliance and its partners

Open Science Conference 2021 // Call for Speakers and Poster Presentations

This year’s conference will especially focus on the effects and impact of (global) crises and associated societal challenges, such as the Corona pandemic or the climate change, to open research practices and science communication in the context of the digitisation of science. And vice versa, how open practices help to cope with crises. A ‘Call for Speakers’ and a ‘Call for Poster Presentations’ are out now. We invite the research community as well as further important stakeholders of the Open Science movement to submit an abstract for one of these calls. Submission deadline is 9 October. Read more.

Please note: The Open Science Conference 2021 will be held entirely online from 17 to 19 February 2021 and has been extended to three days due to the digital format.

Barcamp Open Science@GeNeMe 2020 // Online Barcamp

The Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science and the TU Dresden Media Centre invite you to the Barcamp Open Science@GeNeMe 2020. The barcamp is part of the event ‘Barcamp Open Science’ and will be held as an online event on 7 October 2020 as a pre-conference of the 23rd conference GeNeMe – Communities in New Media. The barcamp will have a focus on ‘Open Science – From the crisis of science to science for times of crisis?’. Register here.

COVID-19: Information search in preprints made easier – ZB MED develops text mining-based preprint viewer

During the current COVID 19 crisis, the rapid availability of solid information is crucial to derive the right diagnosis and treatment or to adapt the rules of conduct in public. As a result, both the number and importance of preprints is currently growing, as they offer the opportunity to quickly communicate new findings. To facilitate the search for information in these publications, ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences has developed a COVID-19 Preprint Viewer as part of the nfdi4health Task Force COVID-19.

Classification of scientific tweets (KlawiT): final report

The alliance project Classification of Scientific Tweets (KlawiT) investigated the question of the extent to which scientific use of the social media and short message service Twitter can be distinguished from non-scientific use and what criteria can be set up for this purpose. This provides clues as to how users act and what role Twitter plays with regard to scientific communication. The alliance partners ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences worked on this project. The final report (in German) of  it is now available.

Science Popularization and Open Science: new publication

The alliance project Science Popularization and Open Science is dedicated to the openness of science for the broad public by communicating scientific findings and developments in an appropriate and understandable matter. It now published an article on new ways of participative science communication and the practical use case of the YES!-project.

 Further publication from alliance members

  • Hasselbring, L. Carr, S. Hettrick, H. Packer and T. Tiropanis, “Open Source Research Software,” in Computer, vol. 53, no. 8, pp. 84-88, Aug. 2020, doi: 10.1109/MC.2020.2998235

GenR – Latest Blogposts

A Community Handbook for Open Data Science

The Turing Way: An open source community-driven online book about reproducible, ethical, inclusive and collaborative data science. Read more.

Open Science Systems and Contact Tracing for COVID-19: A Consultation and Mapping

As part of the GenR theme ‘Innovating Open Science Systems for COVID-19’ we will look at how Open Science can improve ‘collaboration and communication’ in R&D communities working on Contact Tracing for C-19. GenR will carry out a mapping of applicable Open Science systems in consultation with the public health community. Read more.


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