ZBW initiates Leibniz Research Network Science 2.0

Multidisicplinary research network Science 2.0 looks to rethink research support

Kiel/Hamburg, 9 October 2012:
The executive committee of the Leibniz Association has launched the research network Science 2.0 for a duration of five years. The spokesperson for the research network is Professor Klaus Tochtermann, director of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and Professor of Computer Studies at the University of Kiel. The newly established Leibniz Research Network Science 2.0 investigates new working habits and technological developments in current and future research and publishing processes within the scientific community.

Scholars increasingly use wikis, blogs, video blogs and other collaborative web technologies to share findings, datasets and theoretical concepts online. Are these useful tools or a shortlived hype? How does the internet with its new possibilities, in particular the Social web and semantic technologies, change the working habits of reseachers? How can Web 2.0 applications support existing and traditional research processes? How can social media innovate today’s research processes?

In order to investigate these socially pertinent questions thoroughly and with uncompromising quality, the ZBW has initiated a consortium of 15 Leibniz institutes and nine other institutions (universities and Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.) that will use the next years for an interdisciplinary approach to a joint and comprehensive analysis of Science 2.0. The first foreign institutions have already expressed their interest in a possible collaboration.

The term Science 2.0 encompasses the rise of entirely different and primarily digital means of participation, communication, collaboration and discourse in the research and publishing processes. ZBW director Tochtermann explains: “The use of social media in companies has been a subject of investigation for years. Social media are widely used within the scientific community nowadays, but surprisingly this has not been based on systematic and interdisciplinary research or even been the subject of concomitant research. This is where the multidisciplinary Research Network Science 2.0 comes in. We are looking for the key to a completely innovated research and publishing support that would not even be possible without social media.”

The research network is anchored in the Leibniz Association and vigorously promoted by member institutes of the Leibniz Association.

URL: www.leibniz-science20.de

About Leibniz research networks:

Leibniz research networks are temporary and interdisciplinary associations of Leibniz institutes which address a current scientific problem and are open to other cooperation partners. Leibniz research networks are the Leibniz Association’s instrument for the strategic development of its research and the bundling of competences at Leibniz institutions and other partners. Leibniz research networks are expected to address urgent scientific and social issues with an interdisciplinary approach linking natural, life and engineering sciences with social sciences and the humanities.

About the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics:

The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics is the world’s largest information centre for economic literature, online as well as offline. Today the institution holds more than 4 million volumes and subscribes to 32,000 periodicals and journals. In addition, the ZBW provides the fastest-growing collection of Open Access documents on the internet: EconStor, the digital publication server, currently gives free access to more than 40,000 articles and working papers. EconBiz, the search engine for international economic information, allows students and researchers to search among nine million datasets. The ZBW edits two journals in economic policy, Wirtschaftsdienst and Intereconomics, and in cooperation with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy produces the Peer Review Journal Economics based on the principle of Open Access. The ZBW is a member of the Leibniz Association and has been a foundation under public law since 2007. In 2011 and 2011, the ZBW received the international LIBER award for its innovative work in librarianship.

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