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Practice of Research Data Management: Findings from an IFLA Project on Data Curators

In a project of the IFLA section “Library Theory and Research” (LTR) the profession of data curators was analyzed. Dr Anna Maria Tammaro and Dr Krystyna Matusiak answered our interview questions to tell us about the project findings. What was the aim of the study? The project of the IFLA section Library Theory and Research (LTR), entitled “Data curator: who is s/he?”, aimed to identify the roles, responsibilities, activities, and concerns of practicing data curators around the world. The main objectives of the project were: To prepare a vocabulary (a list of terms in hierarchical structure) and possibly an ontology, […]


OSPP-REC: Towards the European Open Science Agenda

The Open Science Policy Platform The mandate of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP), which has been running for two years now, is to advise the Commission on how to further develop and practically implement open science policy, to radically improve the quality and impact of European science, support policy formulation and implementation, and to offer best practices for open science. As a stakeholder driven advisory board, representing European universities, research organisations, academies, publishers, funding organisations, libraries, young researchers, open science platforms, and citizen scientists, the OSPP aims at giving advice to the Commission as well as directly to the […]


Promoting OER: How to create an open textbook

Dr Maximilian Heimstädt University is working in a team on a textbook dealing with the topic of “Organising Openness” as an open educational resource (OER). In this interview, he introduces the book project “Organizing Openness: Concepts and Cases” and reports on his experiences and research findings. Who is the OER textbook “Organizing Openness: Concepts and Cases” intended for and which topics are dealt with? Our university textbook deals with questions relating to open organisations and organising openness. At the heart of the textbook are six chapters on the theoretical “concepts” of openness and six chapters on empirical phenomena “cases”. We […]


FOSTER Plus: How libraries can foster the change to Open Science

Training courses, training materials and incentives play an important role in the promotion of open science. In this interview, Helene Brinken from the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) provides an overview of the activities as part of the FOSTER Plus EU project. What are the objectives of the FOSTER Plus project? The FOSTER Plus project funded by the EU aims to promote a cultural transformation in science that goes beyond awareness of the open science movement, and in which the practical aspects of open science can be implemented completely. Opportunities for qualifications on an institutional level and in a […]


European Open Science Cloud: How libraries can spring into action

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is to be established as a central infrastructure for open science in Europe. It is therefore important for libraries and other infrastructure institutions to know what role they can play in this context and how they can already become involved in the course of development. The development of the EOSC is flanked by projects such as EOSCpilot. Ilaria Fava and Valentina Cavalli report on the opportunities for libraries to participate and how they can promote open science. What are the goals of the EOSCpilot project? The EOSCpilot is a two-year EC project to support […]


Barcamp Open Science: We need to talk!

Given that open science is a hot topic of conversation, is it also being put into practice? Open science has unfortunately not yet completely caught on, and the oft discussed cultural change is taking time. Often there is a lack of knowledge and orientation in the complex world of open science. That is why it is important to approach researchers, facilitate an exchange about practices and answer their questions. This was the focus of the fourth Barcamp Open Science, organised by the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 and held at Wikimedia as it was last year. Launched as a pre-event […]


Sharing and discovering science methods: Open Science platform protocols.io

The platform protocols.io is an open access platform for sharing and discovering up-to-date science methods. The CEO and co-founder Lenny Teytelman shares his experiences. Did a repository similar to protocols.io exist before? The quest for up-to-date research methods resource is at least several decades old. In 1999, Chris Yoo and co-founders started bioprotocol.com with a million-dollar venture capital investment. Unfortunately, that was just before the dot-com bubble burst and the investors liquidated the company. A few years later, researchers created OpenWetWare which is a predecessor to protocols.io, but was also ahead of its time and too hard for non-computational researchers […]


Studie: Digitale Wissenschaftskommunikation innerhalb der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft

Im Jahre 2014 hat der Leibniz-Forschungsverbund Science 2.0 bereits eine Studie zu “Social Media innerhalb der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft” durchgeführt, in der gezeigt wurde, dass soziale Medien durchaus in den jeweiligen Einrichtungen der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft angekommen sind und insbesondere zur Außendarstellung genutzt werden. 2016 wurde diese Studie wiederholt, um zum einen den Status Quo mit 2014 zu vergleichen und zum anderen den Schwerpunkt insbesondere etwas breiter auf digitale Wissenschaftskommunikation allgemein und nicht nur auf soziale Medien zu legen. Daher ist die 2016er Studie als Ergänzungsstudie zu 2014 zu sehen und nicht als reine Wiederholungsstudie. Befragt wurden 88 Leibniz-Einrichtungen, von denen 59 an der […]