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New open science reports: How to put EOSC and FAIR into practice

by Birgit Fingerle Two recently published reports contain lots of information on putting open science into practice in Europe. Both expert groups and their reports complement each other. On the one hand, will FAIR support the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). On the other hand will the federation of data infrastructure and the application of standards enable the discovery and interoperability of data. The first one is the final report and recommendations of the Commission 2nd High Level Expert Group on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC): “Prompting an EOSC in practice”. Report: “Prompting an EOSC in practice” The Commission […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


Open Science umsetzen: Forschungsdatenprojekte der ZBW

Forschungsdaten stellen gegenwärtig im Rahmen des digitalen Wandels das zentrale Thema der deutschen Wissenschaftspolitik dar. So fordert der Rat für Informationsinfrastrukturen niedrigschwellige Services für Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler, vernetzte Infrastrukturen für Forschungsdaten und Forschung zu den sich wandelnden Realitäten im Wissenschaftssystem. Services für Wirtschaftsforschende Seit 2014 bietet die ZBW einen Wegweiser zu Forschungsdaten in den Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften an, der insbesondere für den Nachwuchs unter den Wirtschaftswissenschaftlerinnen und –wissenschaftlern für den Umgang mit Forschungsdaten hilfreich ist und bereits über 6.000 Downloads verzeichnet: “Auffinden. Zitieren. Dokumentieren”. Um die Bedürfnisse von Ökonomen unter anderem in Bezug auf die Arbeit mit Forschungsdaten stets im […]


Building Communities of Librarians and Information Specialists in Business and Economics

Librarians and other information specialists supporting researchers in Economics and Business Studies from 21 countries joined the first INCONECSS conference in Berlin to exchange best practices and opinions and help each other to improve and enhance their local services. The INCONECSS (International Conference on Economics and Business Information) was initiated by ZBW to bring people…