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ORION Project: Opening up Research in Life Sciences and Biomedicine

we ware talking with Dr Michela Bertero and Dr Luiza Bengtsson ORION is a 4-year project (from May 2017 to April 2021) which will explore how organizations in life sciences and biomedicine can open up the way they fund, organize and do research. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Science with and for Society (SWAFS) Work Programme. Nine institutions take part in ORION which is coordinated by the Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain. We asked Dr Michela Bertero and Dr Luiza Bengtsson about the project’s goals, actions and learnings […]


Neue Studie des Stifterverbandes: Was gewinnen wir durch Open Science und Open Innovation?

by Birgit Fingerle The study“What do we gain through Open Science and Open Innovation? – The concept of strategic openness and its relevance to Germany” was published at the end of January 2019. It was developed as part of the Initiative for Open Science and Innovation by The Stifterverband, and was conducted in cooperation with the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and winnovation consulting gmbh. The study shows that Germany has a huge amount of catching up to do in comparison with other European countries and […]


FAIR Data: Many paths lead to the EOSC

we were talking with Prof Dr Heike Neuroth Prof Dr Heike Neuroth is Deputy Chairwoman of RDA Germany and a member of the GO FAIR steering committee. In the interview, she shares her assessment of promoting FAIR Data and Open Science.   Ms. Neuroth, on the basis of your many years of experience in the scientific field, how, in your opinion, can good scientific practices be promoted with regard to research data management? Germany seems to be already quite well set up to me. There are currently a number of funding programmes both at the German Research Foundation (DFG) and […]


Open Science: Interesting Conferences & Events for 2019

by Birgit Fingerle Conferences and other events can be good opportunities to stay up to date in open science and related subjects and also to do networking. We have selected a list of events in 2019 and are looking forward for your hints about even more events. JANUARY 2019 25.01. – 27.01., Mannheim (Germany) Open Social Science Conference 2019 Topic: Practicing New Standards in Transparency and Reproducibility 28.01. – 29.01., Luzern (Switzerland) Luzern Open LearningDays.ch Topic: Open Learning 29.01. – 31.01., Karlsruhe (Germany) LEARNTEC Topic: Digital Learning FEBRUARY 2019 05.02. – 06.02., Berlin (Germany) Open Science Days 2019 Topic: Research […]


Digital Trends 2019: Which issues are going to be important this year?

by Birgit Fingerle In 2019, artificial intelligence will continue to be one of the most significant issues in technology; it will also play a greater role in the entertainment industry. „AI Entertainment“ means, amongst other things, assistance from artificial intelligence in producing music and films. The use of artificial intelligence in education is also going to pick up pace in 2019: Using this technology, content can be better adjusted to the learner’s background, for example. In this context, questions concerning the ethics of AI (“ethical AI”) are growing in importance. Once more, blockchain is one of the technology trends of […]


Open Science Movement: How “HackYourPhD” fosters Open Science in France and Abroad

we were talking with Guillaume Dumas, Célya Gruson-Daniel and Matthieu Le Chanjour “HackYourPhD” is a worldwide open science community. We asked its co-founders, Guillaume Dumas and Célya Gruson-Daniel, and its secretary, Matthieu Le Chanjour, about “HackYourPhD’s” mission, its actions and benefits. What is “HackYourPhD”? What is your mission and what actions do you take? “HackYourPhD” is a worldwide community setup around the question of “open science” since 2012. We also have created a legal association in France. Our “HackYourPhD” manifesto sums it up: “We believe it is important to show that new ways of doing research exist, and can only […]


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 […]


Impact School 2018: Training for Transfer and Social Impact

The Impact School is a training format that provides researchers with knowledge and skills for research transfer in the 21st century. The second Impact School: Science Transfer in the 21st Century, after the opening in 2017 took place in Berlin from 17 – 19 September 2018. It was organised within the context of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 by Impact Distillery (mStats DS GmbH), Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society(HIIG), German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. We talked to Dr Benedict Fecher and Dr Marcel Hebing, who developed […]


Open Access Days 2018 – Part II: How does open access develop in individual disciplines and projects?

The 12th Open Access Days were held at the Technical University in Graz from 24 to 26 September 2018 under the motto “Diversity of Open Access”. The first part of our conference report focused on transformation strategies towards open access and open science at the national level. The second part of our report focuses primarily on the development of open access as part of individual projects and individual disciplines. Open access in the humanities In Session 5 (OA in the humanities), Anna Severin from the Swiss National Science Foundation & University of Bern presented a survey study on the perception […]


Open Access Days 2018 – Part I: How is Open Access developing in the context of Open Science?

From 24 to 26 September 2018, the 12th Open Access Days took place in Graz at the Technical University, this time under the motto “Diversity of open access”. The extensive programme with over 50 lectures as well as workshops, poster presentations and company lectures met a great demand again. The conference focused on open educational resources, the importance of the “Green Road” today, and open access in the context of open science. More than 300 participants attended the event; more than half of them from Germany. We present a selection of the 15 sessions. Open Access in France Three keynote […]