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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 […]


Podcasts: Potential for science and further education

Podcasts are series of audio files which are made available free of charge. These can be improvised or produced using a script; with respect to topic and length they can vary widely or can be clearly delimited. Quelle: Quelle: “obs/dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH/nextMediaHamburg” Podcasts are enjoying growing popularity, particularly for the purposes of entertainment (54 percent listen to such podcasts or would be open to doing so) and science and further education (49 percent), as a study undertaken by nextMedia.Hamburg (link in German) demonstrates. The most popular formats are primarily reports (listened to by 62 percent), news (45 percent), interviews […]


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 […]


IFLA Global Vision Report: Library core values boost open science

On 26 August 2018 the IFLA Global Vision Report was published. In total more than 30,000 people from 190 countries and from all kinds of library types contributed to the report’s content by sharing their opinions and concerns. More than 9,000 librarians took part in workshops and more than 21,000 voted online. IFLA had started its global vision process in 2017, aiming to explore the challenges and opportunities for the library field around the world. After publishing the Global Vision Report, IFLA now aims at making the vision a reality. For that purpose it started a global call for ideas […]


GBV Association Conference 2018: How libraries embrace the digital transformation

As a prelude to the 22nd Association Conference of the German Common Library Network (Verbundkonferenz des Gemeinsamen Bibliotheksverbund – GBV), representatives from academia, the world of politics and the library sector discussed the prospects for libraries in the context of digital transformation. The hosts for the two-day conference, which took place in Kiel on 29 and 30 August 2018, were the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and die Kiel University Library. The business journalist Jan-Martin Wiarda, moderator of the podium discussion, likened the issues surrounding future certainties to a change in belief system and invited the six participants […]


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 […]


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, […]


OSPP-REC: Towards the European Open Science Agenda

The Open Science Policy Platform The mandate of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP), which has been running for two years now, is to advise the Commission on how to further develop and practically implement open science policy, to radically improve the quality and impact of European science, support policy formulation and implementation, and to offer best practices for open science. As a stakeholder driven advisory board, representing European universities, research organisations, academies, publishers, funding organisations, libraries, young researchers, open science platforms, and citizen scientists, the OSPP aims at giving advice to the Commission as well as directly to the […]


Generation R: Forming Open Scientists and Shaping Science Systems

Generation R is a new editorial platform based on themes, blogposts and learning resources. We asked its editor, Simon Worthington, to answer our questions concerning its scope and organization. Why Generation R? Digital transformation is affecting academia on so many levels and so quickly that there is a need to find ways to help scientists and scholars to cope with the pace of change. Generation R’s role is to help people make use of these open science changes, and to facilitate scientists getting involved in shaping the future of these new open science systems and tools. Generation R is an […]