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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 […]




European Open Science Cloud: How libraries can spring into action

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is to be established as a central infrastructure for open science in Europe. It is therefore important for libraries and other infrastructure institutions to know what role they can play in this context and how they can already become involved in the course of development. The development of the EOSC is flanked by projects such as EOSCpilot. Ilaria Fava and Valentina Cavalli report on the opportunities for libraries to participate and how they can promote open science. What are the goals of the EOSCpilot project? The EOSCpilot is a two-year EC project to support […]


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 […]


Working Out Loud: How to promote digital collaboration and open science

Working Out Loud (WOL) is a method that promotes networking and purposeful collaboration. It was developed by John Stepper and is described in his book Working Out Loud: For a Better Career and Life. Working Out Loud is an approach to systematically build relationships that can be helpful in one way or another, for example to achieve a goal or to familiarize oneself with a new topic. Working Out Loud thus promotes working in networks, which is possible nowadays thanks to social networks but which is also required. It thus represents a suitable social and organisational response to digitisation and […]



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 […]


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

Welcome to our third newsletter in 2018 with news around our Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 as well as general developments and upcoming events in the context of Science 2.0 and Open Science. Enjoy your reading! Barcamp Open Science: ‘We need to talk!’ The fourth Barcamp Open Science, organized by the Leibniz Research Alliance Science […]


Opening up science: How the library will become a hub for open innovation and science

Openness in science and innovation can be looked at in two dimensions: On the one hand, the integration of a wide range of knowledge providers into the different phases of the science/implementation process. On the other, the creation of transparency and free access to the results of scientific study. A new initiative from the Stifterverband (Donors Association for Open Science and Innovation) has set itself the goal of no longer seeing open innovation and open science as separated according to economics and science. Instead, it is hoped that the joint debate and the creation of interfaces will make it easier […]