The European Open Science Cloud explained: a virtual environment for Europe's 1.7 million researchers


The digitization of science influences the whole research cycle. Current research procedures and publishing processes change fundamentally, not least by the participatory web. Through open access to publications and research data the transparency increases further. According to current state of knowledge this will have positive effects. Likewise, the procedures for quality assurance and assessment become transparent. Moreover, monetary aspects are very important: Unnecessary duplication of data collection can be avoided and costs can be saved correspondingly.

The role of ZBW

The ZBW examines the digitization of science. Therefore, it pursues own research on Open Science and initiated the Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science – a research based network which enables scientific libraries and research facilities to jointly shape the change of publishing processes and research processes.

As a Leibniz institution and foundation under public law it is a matter of concern for ZBW to incorporate its own experiences and research results into the recommendations for policy and society. Consequently, ZBW is involved in various committees and working groups. Be it with open access strategies on federal state level, with the identification of indicators for the digitization of science on federal level or with the establishment of research infrastructures on European level, ZBW strives to provide expert/scientific contributions to support political decision makers and to hold expert discourses.

With these measures ZBW established itself as a competent contact for political decision makers on international, national and regional levels.

Science Policy: ZBW Memberships

Member of the G7 Open Science Working Group

Member of the EOSC Sustainability Executive Board Working Group

Member of the German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures

Member of the ITA-Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, subject area: "Participation in Research and Innovation"

Member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the initiative "Top Citizen Science" of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW)