Aim and scope

The transdisciplinary Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 addresses the effects of Science 2.0 on science and society. It aims to tap new fields of research and development which the implementation of the new, participatory and collaborative technologies of the internet are opening up in all stages of the research and publishing process. The Alliance focuses on researching “New working habits”, “technological development” and “user behaviour research”. Current developments regarding the opening up of the entire science process, or parts thereof (“Open Science”), are inextricably linked to this. The Research Alliance is building a network of those stakeholders immediately affected by Science 2.0, relying on a unique, Europe-wide coalition of infrastructure service providers and research institutes from different disciplines. The overall objective is the establishment of Science 2.0 as a new and transdisciplinary research discipline in the scientific community. In order to achieve this objective, the Alliance currently acts as a consultant to political deciders and research funders at the national and European level regarding the design and implementation of research funding programmes for Science 2.0, Open Science and related topics.

The Research Alliance is incorporated within the Leibniz Association and counts 38 members from different disciplines.  The coordinating institution of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 is the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. If you are interested in possible future cooperation, please contact our coordinator Guido Scherp.


Science 2.0 and Open Science

The is no clear dividing line between Science 2.0 and Open Science, but there are some important differences.

Science 2.0 relates to the implementation of participatory technologies within the research process. For instance: A joint paper by several researchers can be written by means of a collaborative word processing programme on the web, independently of time and place, which only the collaborators can access. The ensuing publication can be published in a journal which is not Open Access. This is not Open Science.

Open Science, on the other hand, means openness and transparency in the research process. A paper like the one mentioned above can be written in Word, and subsequently published in an Open Access journal. Science 2.0 practices are not used here.

In general, many Science 2.0 tools are open per se, or at least offer this option, and can therefore significantly support the implementation of Open Science practices. The more science opens up, the more collaboration and participation in the sense of Science 2.0 is possible. The overlaps between Science 2.0 and Open Science are numerous, and the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 addresses the topic of Open Science accordingly.

An overview of current and finished projects can be found here.