Research data management: over-reliance on the lifecycle metaphor – and alternatives

A few years ago, if asked to represent data we would probably have immediately thought of the pyramid model: with data lying at the base of the pyramid and information, knowledge and wisdom laid out above it. This visualisation is based on the idea that a mass of “raw” data is the foundation from which different levels of understanding are successively refined. Another important metaphor and visualisation is the store or repository. This represents data as captured, stored, used, managed and preserved. It is based on the idea of data as static and basing services on or around it. It […]

GBV Association Conference 2018: How libraries embrace the digital transformation

As a prelude to the 22nd Association Conference of the German Common Library Network (Verbundkonferenz des Gemeinsamen Bibliotheksverbund – GBV), representatives from academia, the world of politics and the library sector discussed the prospects for libraries in the context of digital transformation. The hosts for the two-day conference, which took place in Kiel on 29 and 30 August 2018, were the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and die Kiel University Library. The business journalist Jan-Martin Wiarda, moderator of the podium discussion, likened the issues surrounding future certainties to a change in belief system and invited the six participants […]

Generation R: Forming Open Scientists and Shaping Science Systems

Generation R is a new editorial platform based on themes, blogposts and learning resources. We asked its editor, Simon Worthington, to answer our questions concerning its scope and organization. Why Generation R? Digital transformation is affecting academia on so many levels and so quickly that there is a need to find ways to help scientists and scholars to cope with the pace of change. Generation R’s role is to help people make use of these open science changes, and to facilitate scientists getting involved in shaping the future of these new open science systems and tools. Generation R is an […]

COAR Annual Meeting 2018: Repositories as central infrastructure of open scholarly communication

Behind the COAR lies a global network of now over 130 institutions (libraries, data centres, research funding organisations and ministries). The aims of the COAR are the further development of repositories and the positioning of these in an open scientific landscape. The focus of the meeting was the discussion surrounding COAR’s proposals for “Next Generation Repositories”, the use of repositories for other content than publications (e.g. research data or teaching materials), and various national reports on the subjects of open access and open science. Next generation repositories The annual meeting was framed by two keynote presentations: In the first, “Open […]

Interview: How Open Science is changing the Landscape of Academic Libraries

In his master thesis Dr Thomas Gerdes dealt with the topic “The Open Science Movement and its significance for the academic libraries – An Analysis of Position Papers and Development Perspectives” (link in German). The focus was on a target-actual comparison and the development perspectives for open science in academic libraries. We asked him about it. How did you proceed in your master thesis? The term “open science” sums up heterogeneous aspirations for a more open science. What open science means for academic libraries is discussed in a variety of position papers and other publications. My work compares the target […]

Open Science Conference 2018: Going into practice!

Open Science is being put into practice. However, this should not be taken for granted; there are still a few challenges to overcome. At the curtain-raiser of this year’s Open Science Conference, Dr Georg Schütte, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), emphasised that the Open Science community will have to be strategic, fast and relevant enough to drive the issue forward. As part of his opening speech on the second day, Professor Dr-Ing. Matthias Kleiner, President of the Leibniz Association, pointed out firstly that Open Science could serve to restore the trust of the civil […]

Research data infrastructure development: The pros and cons of user involvement

FAIR use of data is one of the hot topics on the science policy agenda. To achieve FAIR Data or even publicly accessible data, appropriate research data infrastructures (RDIs) are needed. There are various national, transnational and international developments of information infrastructures or research data infrastructures that are currently being conceptualized, implemented or further emerging. Notable examples are the “National Open Science Cloud” in the Netherlands, the “Open Research Data Infrastructure” in the UK, the “Australian Research Data Cloud”, the German Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) or the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The mantra of user involvement Nowadays, along with […]

OpenUP Hub: Werkzeuge und Wissen für die Öffnung des Forschungszyklus

Was ist der OpenUP Hub? Open Science und Open Scholarship haben die Landschaft des wissenschaftlichen Publizierens revolutioniert. Wir brauchen neue Wege für das Überprüfen, Bewerten und Kommunizieren wissenschaftlicher Artefakte. Das EU-geförderte Projekt OpenUP (auf Twitter) adressiert alle zentralen Fragen, die darauf abzielen den Forschungslebenszyklus zu öffnen, wie etwa: Wie können Forschende mit innovativen Methoden über ihre Arbeit kommunizieren? Was ist Open Peer Review? Wie werden Altmetrics produziert und evaluiert? Ziel ist es, den Dialog zu öffnen, um eine offenere, transparentere Wissenschaftslandschaft mit einem Gleichgewicht der Geschlechter zu erreichen, mit einem speziellen Fokus darauf, die Review-, Dissemination- und Assessment-Mechanismen zu verbreiten, […]

Open Science und der Long-Tail der Wissenschaft: Lasst uns die Lücke überbrücken

In unserer komplexen Welt gilt es viele Lücken zu überbrücken, aber ich werde mich der Lücke zwischen Open Science auf der einen Seite und Ökologie ebenso wie Evolution auf der anderen Seite widmen. Wie groß muss unser Sprung sein? Ich weiß es nicht, aber ich weiß, dass es einfacher wird, wenn beide Seiten ihre Hände ausstrecken, um zu helfen! Das Wachstum von Open Science Die Open-Science-Bewegung wächst in den Wissenschaftsdisziplinen. Beträchtliche intellektuelle und finanzielle Bemühungen werden unternommen, um E-Infrastrukturen, Tools und Methoden zu entwickeln, damit Open Science erfolgreich im Mainstream ankommt. So investiert die Europäische Kommission zum Beispiel 890 Millionen […]