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91st Helmholtz Open Science Newsletter now available

The 91st Helmholtz Open Science Newsletter has been published and is now available in German as well as in English. In this newsletter we give you an overview of the most important developments on the topic of Open Science. Deut. Ausgabe / Eng. Issue


Helmholtz Open Science Forum: Open Science and Transfer

On May 12, 2022, the Helmholtz Open Science Office will host a Helmholtz Open Science Forum on the topic of Open Science and Transfer. A detailed program of the event as well as the possibility to register will be made available soon. Further information here.

Helmholtz-internal event on Reproducibility in science

On June 9, 2022, the Helmholtz Open Science Office, together with HIDA, will host the Helmholtz-internal, English-language event "Enabling reproducibility in data science - learn why it matters and how you can do it". In keynote speeches and workshops we will look at digital reproducibility and best practices for data science, with contributions by Silke Christine Gerlich, Tobias Schlauch, Heidi Seibold, Peter Steinbach and Annika Strupp. Register here. We look forward to your participation. 

Open Science in the Helmholtz Association

The term open science describes a cultural change in science and science communication. Computerized work and digital communication allow for a more effective and open exchange of information within science and promote the transfer of scientific results and methods to society, the economy, and politics. Limited by as few financial, technical, and legal obstacles as possible, open access to scientific publications, research data, and research software expands the transparency and the possibilities for quality assurance of scientific work. In addition, open science increases the efficacy of science through an improved supply of information and increases innovation based on scientific knowledge by facilitating the transfer of knowledge to society, the economy, and politics.

With this aim in mind, the Helmholtz Association was one of the initial signatories of the „Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities“ in 2003. This commitment towards open access was then formally approved by its Assembly of Members in 2004 with the decision on the implementation of the „Berlin Declaration“. Since 2016, an Open Access Policy offers a clear and predictable framework for the transformation towards open access. According to this policy, all publications by scientists in the Helmholtz Association will be made freely available within at most 6 months (12 months for publications in the social sciences and humanities). Since 2013, a corresponding regulation is ensuring that beneficiaries of the Helmholtz Initiative and Networking Fund make their publications freely available to the public on the internet. 

In 2016 a position paper on the management of research data in the Helmholtz Association was adopted by the Helmholtz Association's Assembly of Members: next to the access to research data, this position paper also raises topics such as the training of data specialists and the resourcing of information infrastructures including their organisational and financial safeguarding. Sustainability concerning research software is also a concern of the Helmholtz Association.

The mission of the Helmholtz Open Science Office is to promote the cultural change towards open science. The office, established by the Helmholtz Association in 2005, sees itself as a service provider that supports the community in shaping the cultural change towards open science. The Helmholtz Open Science Office is a partner of all stakeholders involved in this process within Helmholtz.

Guided by the motto "Enabling open science practices in Helmholtz!" the Helmholtz Open Science Office works within the Association and promotes the visibility of Helmholtz on a national as well as international level within the context of Open Science in the spirit of the Helmholtz mission.

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UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science

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