News on Science 2.0 and Open Science (Newsletter January 2018)

Open Science Conference

The Open Science Conference 2018 will take place from the 13th to 14th March 2018 in Berlin. It is the 5th international conference organized by the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 and is dedicated to the Open Science movement. It provides a unique forum for researchers, librarians, practitioners, infrastructure provider, policy makers, and other important stakeholders to discuss and exchange their ideas and experiences. This year’s focus will be on FAIR data. You can register now – Early bird tickets are available until the 9th February.

Barcamp Open Science

The Barcamp Open Science, taking place on the 12th March 2018 in Berlin, is open to everybody interested in discussing, learning more about, and sharing experiences on practices in Open Science. We would like to invite researchers and practitioners from various backgrounds to contribute their experience and ideas to the discussion. The barcamp will bring together both novices and experts and its open format supports lively discussions, interesting presentations, development of new ideas, and knowledge exchange. Though, previous knowledge on Open Science is not mandatory. The registration is open now.

Project Classification of Scientific Tweets

The Project “KlawiT” from the two partners ZBW and ZBMED analyses the requirements for tweets to be scientific. The project aims to get hints on tweeting scientists and create guidelines for scientific tweeting. It is funded and initiated by the research alliance Science 2.0

Research Project on Open Science at the Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science

In October 2017 Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science started a new project on Open Science (Link only in German). It is accompanied by the European Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) and aims at conducting a study on the mechanisms and challenges of Open Science. One goal is to transfer experiences and findings from the European Open-Science-Process to the national level and to make it available for Actors in the German scientific landscape. Special attention is paid on the relationship between Open Science and Citizen Science. Additionally the Leibniz Institute has created a coordinating position for scientific publishing.

Open Research Graph from TIB

The TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology has published a position paper on the Open Research Knowledge Graph. Accordingly, the TIB will offer a workshop on the topic of Open Research Knowledge Graph on Tuesday, 20 March 2018, from 10:00 to 16:00, in which requirements, framework architecture and first steps towards implementation will be discussed

Open Science in General

Is Open Science A Tautology?

‘Science should be open by default. The fairly new term open science provides a convenient framework for what is already expected of science. In that regard, Open Science might be thought of as a tautology.’ (HIIG Blog)
Research Impact and Metrics

Social Media Scholarship and Alternative Metrics for Academic Promotion and Tenure

‘The last decade has witnessed the rise of novel areas of development such as innovation, quality improvement, informatics, and recently, digital scholarship. Academic institutions adapted and began considering these fields for academic promotion and tenure. Social media has become a critical space for the dissemination of knowledge and outreach to community and policy makers and also for the creation of communities of practice.’ (Journal of the American College of Radiology, Vol. 15, Issue 1)

Performance Behavior Patterns in Author-Level Metrics: A Disciplinary Comparison of Google Scholar Citations, ResearchGate, and ImpactStory

‘The main goal of this work is to verify the existence of diverse behavior patterns in academic production and impact. To do this, two samples are examined: a general sample (members of a discipline, in this case Bibliometrics; n = 315 authors), and a specific sample (only one author; n = 119 publications).’ (frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics

Promoting your articles to increase your digital identity and research impact

‘Authors are undoubtedly the best positioned to promote their own research. They know it inside out, they know people who might be most interested in it, and they know the places to maximize the potential audience. But still, with an increasing number of publications every year, it is important that researchers know how to promote their research to maximum effect, whether it is Open Access or not.’ (Science Open Blog)
Scientific Publishing

• Why Academic Journals need to go

‘Today, librarians and other infrastructure experts dare not implement modern technology without fear of reprisals: after all, faculty are not colleagues any more who share a common identity, they are customers and librarians are service providers in this corporation only called ‘university’ for dusty historical reasons. Björn Brems argues why Academic Journals harm the scientific community.’ (Blogpost Björn Brems)
Open Science Tools

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

‘Using up-to-date research methods is essential for researchers. However, advancing research methods is often not rewarded though it is a demanding process. Struggling with correcting a published research method as a postdoc led Lenny Teytelman to cofound prococols.io an open science platform for sharing and discovering up-to-date research methods.’ (Blogpost ZBW Mediatalk)

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Upcoming Events

• Panel discusson “Putting Open Science into Practice” ,15th February 2018
Open Data Day, 3rd March 2018, Hannover
Barcamp Open Science12th March 2018, Berlin
Open Science Conference, 13th -14th March 2018, Berlin
eLife Innovation Sprint, 10th -11th May, 2018, Cambridge, UK
22nd International Conference on Electronic Publishing: Connecting the Knowledge Commons: From Projects to Sustainable Infrastructure 22nd – 24th June 2018, University of Toronto, Canada
Themenwoche Hochschulbildung im digitalen Zeitalter, 21st – 29th September 2018, Berlin


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