Nearly 40 participants gathered for the second general meeting of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 which took place in Berlin on 27 November 2014 as part of the annual meeting of the Leibniz Association. The alliance admitted two new members on this occasion: the University Library of Mainz and the Zeppelin University of Friedrichshafen. The alliance now counts 37 members.
At the general meeting, members presented and discussed the findings of current studies and projects. The event was rounded out with lectures, for instance on the creation of a journal “Opening Science”, or about the working group “Open Science” which the German section of the Open Knowledge Foundation has established earlier this year.
The Alliance can look back on two successful years. Numerous publications and studies found an interested audience in the academic community. Among these are a study on Social Media types in science, and on the usage of Social Media and web-based applications in science, the so-called Science 2.0 Survey 2013 which has been repeated in 2014. In addition, there was a study of Social Media usage within the Leibniz Association. At present, a study on the sharing of research data in science is under way. The Alliance has also achieved high national and international visibility and effectiveness at the research policy level. The Alliance has published a position paper for the public consultation “‘Science 2.0’: Science in Transition” of the European Commission and collaborated on the subsequent “Validation Workshops”.