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Horizon Report 2018: Adapting higher education to the future of work

The new NMC Horizon Report 2018 Higher Education Edition was published by Educause on 16 August 2018. Thus, the publisher is new but the structure of the report remains the same as within its former editions. The report on higher education is divided into three categories: trends accelerating technology adoption, challenges impeding technology adoption and important technological developments in Higher Education. There are six topics assigned to each of these categories. The categories are being subdivided according to different levels of difficulty or according to short, mid or long-term horizon. In our blog post we highlight the report’s topics that […]


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

Around the research Alliance and it’s partners   How Science is benefiting from Social Media In her article for “Forschung und Lehre” (article only available in German), Professor Isabella Peters reports on the development of the internet from of a static mass medium to a participatory space. This development has a huge impact on scientific […]


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, […]


Jenseits von #FakeScience: Wie wir falsche Gewissheiten in der Wissenschaftskommunikation überwinden können

Unter dem Hashtag #FakeScience wird derzeit diskutiert, ob betrügerische Zeitschriftenverlage dabei sind, das Vertrauen in die Wissenschaft zu zerstören. Tatsächlich jedoch haben die altbekannten „Predatory Publisher“ nie die beschworene Vertrauenskrise ausgelöst – sondern sind vielmehr ein Randphänomen eines veralteten, ohnehin problematischen Verständnisses der Bewertung von Forschungsleistungen. Mit seit vielen Jahren etablierten Ansätzen wie Preprints und insbesondere Open Peer Review ließe sich die Gesamtsituation verbessern und zugleich den „Predatory Journals“ der Markt entziehen. Weiterlesen …