Workshop: Open Science – What’s in it for me?

On September 20th we co-organized a workshop dedicated to the researcher’s perspective on Open Science with Bianca Kramer and Jeroen Bosman from Utrecht University.

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Open Science is disrupting traditional scientific workflows. This is changing how scientists collect their data, present and share their research, publish their findings, reach out to other communities and the public and assess the impact of their work. Many things have been written about Open Science on a policy level, but this workshop it not about policies. This workshop is about Open Science and you: what’s in it for you?

At the Austrian central library for Physics more than 60 researchers from a wide range of disciplines, as well as research support managers and administrators gathered to discuss hands-on examples of Open Science workflow examples across various disciplines and to find out how they could be implemented in their daily routines.Even though there are many important differences between scientific disciplines (such as in the publication and reward system), we focused on the added value that open approaches can generate for most of the disciplines.

Bianca Kramer and Jeroen Bosman took us on a path to explore a variety of Open Science tools and practices along different phases of the scientific workflow: Phase #1: Preparation, Discovery and Analysis; Phase #2: Writing and Publishing and Phase #3: Outreach and Assessment. Each individual phase was introduced, discussed and exemplified by practical use cases. This served to see where we could apply Open Science practices in your daily scientific routines, creating our own Open Science workflow. Following this, we discussed differences and similarities in such workflows for different disciplines and career stages, and the barriers and motivations that come into play.

Then, Pietro Michelucci described the EyesOnALZ citizen science project, which allows thousands of volunteers to help speed up Alzheimer’s research by playing Stall Catchers, an online game where players analyze real research data using a virtual microscope.

Finally, Peter Kraker from the Open Access Network Austria and Jeroen and Bianca, who are also involved with Force11 introduced the Vienna Principles and the Principles of the Scholarly Commons. The day ended in a vivid discussion how these declarations can help the adoption of Open Science practices.

This workshop was organized by the Vienna Principles Working Group of the Open Access Network Austria OANA, AT2OA , Ludwig-Boltzmann Gesellschaft and Open Knowledge Austria.

Workshop info and materials can be found here.

Blog post by Peter Kraker @PeterKraker and Katja Mayer @katja_mat

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