The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) explained by the ZBW


Based on our findings in the domain of Science 2.0 we have extended our research into the field of Open Science.

Here, the focus is on the management of research data as envisioned in the idea of the “European Open Science Cloud” developed by the European Commission and in the national federated infrastructure for research data recommended by the German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures (RFF).

Current projects and cooperations:

Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0

The transdisciplinary Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 addresses the effects of Science 2.0 on science and society. The key research activities concentrate on “New working habits”, “Technological development” and “User research”. Inextricably linked to these are current developments regarding the opening up of the entire science process or parts thereof (“Open Science”).

The alliance, initiated by the ZBW, is a coalition of infrastructure service providers and research institutes from different disciplines which is unique in Europe. It is currently building a network of those stakeholders significantly affected by Science 2.0. Ultimately it aims to establish Science 2.0 as a new and transdisciplinary research field in the scholarly community.
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The GO FAIR initiative works towards the findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability of research data across national and disciplinary borders.
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“GeRDI – Generic Research Data Infrastructure” is a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and aims to build a federated and linked-up infrastructure for research data (scientific cloud) where scientists can conduct multidisciplinary searches for research data.
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KOLab is a joint lab based on the Leibniz Association’s position paper for the Pact for Research and Innovation. The ZBW and the University of Kiel will jointly research and develop systems and processes for the optimal handling of research data and their corresponding software.

Science policy

The expertise of the Open Science research group in the area of Open Science and Digitisation of the Science System is increasingly sought after for consulting activities in science policy.

Completed projects:

EEXCESS – “Enhancing Europe’s eXchange in Cultural Educational and Scientific Resources”

(Concluded in 2016)
The large EU-founded project EEXCESS  used a completely novel approach to information dissemination. It aimed to link web content, such as images, videos, infographics, statistics or texts from social media channels and blogs, with cultural, educational and scientific content in a personalised and contextualised manner.

“Take the content to the user, not the user to the content” was the basic idea of the project according to Professor Klaus Tochtermann, ZBW director.  

The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics cooperated with ten other European partners in EEXCESS. Within this project, the ZBW was primarily concerned with the design of novel, linked and multidisciplinary information landscapes and with the technical integration of its search engine EconBiz into these environments. The ZBW also ensured that the project’s research findings became part of the public debate and find sustained use.
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(Concluded in 2016)
The LibRank research project engaged in the analysis and optimisation of search results in library information systems. It was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Given the fact that the search habits even of scientists and researchers are characterised by the heavy use of commercial search engines, the project aimed to analyse resp. implement the effects and adaptions for library information systems.
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Open Science Conference

The international conference of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 has established itself as the core conference for the Open Science topic in Europe.
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