Open Science: An idea grows into a worldwide movement

More than 220 experts for the digitisation of the science system, from 34 countries, met in Berlin on 21 and 22 March 2017 to talk about incentives for Open Science, infrastructures for research data, and Open Educational Resources

Kiel/Hamburg, 27 March 2017:
The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 hosted the Open Science Conference in Berlin on 21 and 22 March 2017. More than 220 participants from 34 countries attended the sold-out conference to discuss the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud. Jean-Claude Burgelman, Barend Mons, Johannes Vogel and Klaus Tochtermann were among the speakers.

On 21 and 22 March 2017, 220 participants from 34 countries attended the Open Science Conference  in Berlin to address the scientific and practical dimensions of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The main topics were linked infrastructures for research data, Open Educational Resources and incentive systems for Open Science.

The following questions were at the core of many talks and discussions:

  1. Open Science covers more than just research data.
    At the European level, Open Science is discussed primarily in the context of the European Open Science Cloud which deals with infrastructures for a cross-disciplinary management of research data. At the conference it became obvious that the Open Science domain deals with many more aspects, such as Open Educational Resources and new methods of measuring scientific output.
  2. The European Commission has begun to observe and to present trends in Open Science.
    At the conference, the Open Science Monitor of the European Commission was presented to the public. It shows the development of Open Science by means of various indicators. Conceivably, the European Commissin can use such indicators in the near future to evaluate scientific achievements.
  3. The principles of FAIR use of Research Data are gaining acceptance
    Many presentations showed that the FAIR principle for research data will prevail. This involves a commitment to make research data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. However, the standards defining the framework in which research data must observe the FAIR principle have yet to be agreed on.

Klaus Tochtermann, Chair of the Open Science Conference and director of the ZBW, summarises: “The idea of ‘Open Science’ has grown into a worldwide movement which attracts researchers from all disciplines, affects almost all areas of the science system and will change it radically in the future.”

Look back with us at the Open Science Conference 2017:

The programme
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About the Open Science Conference:

The Open Science Conference is the 4th international conference of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0. The Open Science Conference continues and further develops the former Science 2.0 Conference. The conference addresses the Open Science movement and offers a unique platform for researchers and experts from libraries and science policy to discuss and share ideas and practical experiences. The International Open Science Conference is hosted by the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0.

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