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

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Open Science Conference 2019: Registration open!

The registration for our 6th Open Science Conference is possible now. It is dedicated to the Open Science movement and provides a unique forum for researchers, librarians, practitioners, infrastructure providers, policy makers, and other important stakeholders to discuss the latest and future developments in Open Science. The conference will take place from 19-20 March 2019 in Berlin. You can register here. Early Bird Tickets are available until the 8 February.

Date: 19-20 March 2019, Berlin
Hashtag: #osc2019

Barcamp Open Science 2019: Registration open!

You can now register for our Barcamp Open Science. It is dedicated to the Open Science movement and open to everybody interested in discussing, learning more about, and sharing experiences on practices in Open Science. We would like to invite researchers and practitioners from various backgrounds to contribute their experience and ideas to the discussion. The barcamp will bring together both novices and experts and its open format supports lively discussions, interesting presentations, development of new ideas, and knowledge exchange. Though, previous knowledge on Open Science is not mandatory. The barcamp is open to all topics around Open Science that the participants like to discuss. This year’s ignition talk will be given by Claudia Göbel (Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science, Berlin) and addresses the role of “community science” and Open Science. You can register here.

Date: 18 March 2019, Berlin
Hashtag: #oscibar

2nd round of MOOC “Science 2.0 and open research methods”

Within the framework of the EU Horizon 2020 project MOVING, a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on “Science 2.0 and open research methods” is being developed and implemented at the Media Centre of the TU Dresden. After a successful first round of the MOOC with approx. 150 participants, the second supervised round has been running since 21 January 2019. An entry into the current course is possible at any time under this address. The course will be held in English, free of charge, and is aimed primarily at doctoral students and young scientists. Participants who actively participate in the course can obtain a certificate of attendance.

Conference Call: Open Science in Psychology 2019

As a response to the replication crisis in psychology, the last six years witnessed the development and implementation of various standards of open science, most notably replicability projects, pre-registrations, registered reports, open data, reproducible scripts, as well as transparency and openness promotion guidelines for scientific journals. It is yet unclear to which extent the implementation of these methods have changed the way how psychological research is carried out and what we have learned so far about the stability and generalizability of psychological phenomena. The general goal of this conference from 12-14 March 2019 is to give a relatively broad overview of the achievements, the prevailing problems and open science standards.

Deadline Call for Papers: 31 January 2019
Registration: will open on the 7 February 2019

GenR – Latest Blogposts

New GenR Theme: Integrating Open Science Learning into Higher Education

The Open Science learning theme will take two approaches to the question of how to integrate Open Science practices into higher education. The first, will be to examine ways for students to get on board — using Open Science methods, using open source tools, or being made aware of how to get ‘more’ credit and attribution. The second approach, being about trends and innovations in ways of teaching, for example ‘The Carpentries’ an open peer-learning network for data, software, and library skills with the formula of being ‘welcoming’ and making good use of the wealth of teaching methods available.

Redistributing the Future: An Interview with MOVING MOOC Makers Sabine Barthold and Franziska Günther

Sabine Barthold and Franziska Günther explore how they see MOVING MOOC, alongside other Open Science initiatives, as contributing to closing the research skills gap between what Open Science has on offer for the future of research and what is being delivered for students and young researchers in universities now — with the aim to providing a ‘safe space’ to up their open collaborative science skills. To use William Gibson’s much used adage “The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed”.

If you want to contribute an article on GenR please contact the editor Simon Worthington.

Open Science in General

It’s time to update our understanding of scientific impact

New digital research infrastructures and the advent of online distribution channels are changing the realities of scientific knowledge creation and dissemination. Yet, the measurement of scientific impact that funders, policy makers, and research organizations perpetuate fails to sufficiently recognize these developments. This situation leaves many researchers stranded as evaluation criteria are often at odds with the reality of knowledge creation and good scientific practice. Sascha Friesike, Benedikt Fecher and Gert G. Wagner argue in this article that a debate is urgently needed to redefine what constitutes scientific impact in light of open scholarship.

“When You Use Social Media You Are Not Working”: Barriers for the Use of Metrics in Social Sciences

Steffen Lemke, Maryam Mehrazar, Athanasios Mazarakis, and Isabella Peters conducted qualitative interviews and online surveys with researchers to identify the concerns which inhibit the use of social media and the utilization of metrics for research evaluation in the Social Sciences. By analyzing the response data from the interviews in conjunction with the response data from the surveys, they identify the key concerns that inhibit social scientists from (1) applying social media for professional purposes and (2) making use of the wide array of metrics available.

Researcher Engagement with Data Management

In a new project the Research Data Alliance aims to collect case studies from different organizations around the globe on how to engage with the research community about research data management. By asking various questions about the models used and also about the organizational context, they hope to create a useful resource for organizations which are looking to increase their engagement with their research communities. Read more about the survey here.

Open science and codes of conduct on research integrity

The purpose of this article by Heidi Laine is to examine the conceptual alignment between the ethical principles of research integrity and Open Science. Research integrity is represented by four general codes of conduct on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), three of them international in scope, and one national. A representative list of ethical principles associated with Open Science is compiled in order to create categories for assessing the content of the codes. According to the analysis, the current understanding of RCR is too focused on traditional publications and the definition of research misconduct to fully support Open Science.

Data Management Expert Guide

CESSDA released a Data Management Expert Guide designed by European experts to help social science researchers make their research data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). If you follow the guide, you will travel through the research data lifecycle from planning, organizing, documenting, processing, storing, and protecting your data to sharing and publishing them. Taking the whole roundtrip will take you approximately 15 hours.

A self-experiment in fake science: the tricks of predatory journals
How do predatory journals work, and what needs to be done to place a publication here? In a self-experiment a research group from the ZBW has generated a computer written article and submitted it to predatory journals. Read about their experience in this article from ZBW MediaTalk.

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