Key activities in research

New working habits

Research questions:

  • How does the Social Web change the working habits of researchers?
  • How does the internet change research and publishing processes in various science disciplines?

The use of online tools and social media platforms is a trend that can be observed increasingly in diverse science disciplines. It regards both research processes, where research data are shared and jointly used with other researchers by means of appropriate online tools, as well as publishing processes by means of academic blogs and wikis. But these technologies also offer entirely new opportunities for the interaction with, and the involvement of, the public. For instance, social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Google+ can be used specifically for scientific communication, but also for so-called Citizen Science, where citizens are actively employed in research processes. In brief, the modern internet technologies offer entirely new opportunities for communication, collaboration, participation and open discourse in science. These give rise to completely new working habits which are the subject of research in the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0.

→ Alliance projects: Altmetrics in various science disciplinesBook Sprint #CoScience @ CeBIT 2014, Economics/Social sciences in the German WikipediaSharing Research Data in AcademiaSocial Media within the Leibniz Association

Technological development

Research questions:

  • How can Science 2.0 support research processes?
  • How can the tools of Science 2.0 innovate and expedite current research processes?

Many online tools and social media platforms were not originally designed for science but they are used for it. Platforms like ResearchGate show that there is a need for special solutions customised to science. Findings from research into the new working habits and into user behaviour are useful to examine how research and publishing processes can be supported by existing technologies and applications, and what else is required. In this, the different requirements of the various science disciplines must be taken into account. Ultimately, there is a need for the development of appropriate tools, technologies and science infrastructures as well as suitable business models for their sustainable operation. The Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 will develop and operate these innovative Science 2.0 applications.

→ Alliance projects:  PIDs4SOM. Persistence of scientific content on the Social WebScholarLib. A framework for the bi-directional linking of social networks with academic portals VIVO for discipline-specific communities

User behaviour research

Research questions:

  • Which new forms of scientific communication within the research community, but also between the public and the research community, are enabled by Science 2.0?
  • Which are the necessary tools and how are they used?

In order for Science 2.0 to function, the new working habits must have optimal support from corresponding technologies. Since every scientist and every science discipline has different requirements, researchers and research communities must first be examined and typified, and their current use of Science 2.0 applications analysed. This is the basis for the specific analysis of the quality of current support for the new working habits and for the identification of further support requirements. This also includes the evaluation of Science 2.0 applications developed in the Alliance. The findings can contribute to the improvement of existing research and publishing processes, and to the improvement of scientific communication within research communities and with the public. The Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 will undertake the pertinent user and usage research.

→ Alliance projects: Added values of a user-centred Library 2.0Netiquette and profile in Science 2.0 : role-associated communication and self-projection as researcher and private person on the Social WebScience 2.0-SurveyVisibility for economists on the Social Web