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Helmholtz Open Science Newsletter of April 14, 2021

Dear colleagues,

This is the 85th Helmholtz Open Science Newsletter brought to you by the Helmholtz Open Science Office in german and english language. With this newsletter, we provide you with a regular overview of the most important open science developments.

You can find the current newsletter and the newsletter archive on the Helmholtz Open Science Office website.

We appreciate you forwarding this newsletter to anyone interested.

For more information on the topic of open science: The internal mailing list os-pro-helmholtz “Helmholtz Open Science Professionals” supports members of the Helmholtz Association who are interested in open science topics, such as open access, open research data and open research software. In addition to information on current developments, practical discussions and information exchanges are facilitated. You can register for the mailing list here. (Please note: This list is only available for employees of the Helmholtz Association).

1. Save the Date: Helmholtz Open Science Forum – Helmholtz in the Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur (NFDI)

With the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), the German federal and state governments are pursuing the goal of systematically making research data resources accessible to the German science system in accordance with FAIR principles so that they can be made available to third parties. The NFDI will be established as a network of consortia over a period of three years starting in 2019 in three successive funding phases.

To promote dialogue on the NFDI within the Helmholtz Association, the Helmholtz Open Science Office is hosting a digital Helmholtz Open Science Forum entitled “Helmholtz in the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI)” on May 4, 2021 from 10:00 am to 15:00 pm (in German). As an impulse for further discussion, the Helmholtz Open Science Office invites all interested members of the Helmholtz Association to this virtual Helmholtz Open Science Forum. In addition to an introduction by the NFDI Directorate, exemplary presentations will present the range of NFDI participation in Helmholtz (e.g., practical reports from approved consortia, dealing with NFDI from the perspective of a center, a research field and an incubator platform), also the interaction of NFDI and EOSC will be highlighted. At the core is the identification and discussion of Helmholtz-specific aspects in the realization of the NFDI.

Registration is now possible (only for members of the Helmholtz Association). Further information can be found on the event website; the final program will be available there shortly.

2. Save the Date: Helmholtz Open Science Forum – Research Software

On May 6, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:45 pm, a workshop of the Helmholtz Forum Research Software will be conducted on the topic of “Policies for Research Software”, which is increasingly relevant in research practice. The workshop (in German) is primarily aimed at policy makers and software development team leaders (e.g., from data centers, infrastructure, science management, libraries, law and technology transfer, or scientific software communities). The goal is to collaboratively develop a checklist for policy development and implementation in the centers.

A welcome address by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Marquardt and compact impulse presentations will be followed by an interactive “hands-on” format. Based on previous preliminary work of the Task Group Research Software of the AK Open Science and individual Helmholtz Centers, an ongoing exchange process beyond the forum will be initiated to support the further implementation. Organizationally, the TG Research Software, the Helmholtz Platform HIFIS, and the Helmholtz Open Science Office are contributing jointly. The virtual event will be conducted with the Zoom video conferencing software and using a Miro online whiteboard.

Registration is now possible (only for members of the Helmholtz Association). Additional information can be found on the event website; the final program will be available there shortly.

3. Save the Date: 58th Online Seminar on the Open Access Monitor

The 58th Helmholtz Open Science Online Seminar will take place on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Irene Barbers (Dipl.-Bibl., MA LIS), head of the Department of Literature Acquisition of the Central Library of Forschungszentrums Jülich, will report on how the Open Access Monitor can be employed to support the process of open access transformation. The event is open to all interested parties from the Helmholtz Association and other institutions. After Irene Barber's presentation there will be time for questions and an open discussion.

The one-hour online seminar will be held in German using the Zoom video conference software.

To participate in the event (free of charge), please register here in advance. Further information can be found on the event website.

4. Save the Date: 5th ORCID DE Workshop

On June 2, 2021, the fifth ORCID DE workshop will take place virtually, this time on the topic of “ORCID in publication and information infrastructures”. Keynote presentations will provide information on the integration possibilities of ORCID in research information systems, research data repositories, and publication services. Afterwards, all participants are welcome to exchange ideas in moderated breakout room sessions on ORCID integration in concrete software solutions, such as DSpace, MyCoRe, OJS, and others. The program has already been published. Registration will possible shortly. Please note that the workshop will be held in German.

5. Open Science Enables Transfer of knowledge

The current edition of the journal System Erde, published by the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, investigates the topic of knowledge and technology transfer and the various dimensions encapsulated by this process (not only) for GFZ. In particular, the opportunities offered by open science for such transfer are highlighted. (Please note that the journal is available in German only).

In the introductory article “Great Expectations: Wissenstransfer ist mindestens so vielfältig wie die Erwartungen daran” (i. e. Great Expectations: Knowledge Transfer is at least as manifold as one’s expectations towards it”) it is emphasized that “[open] source [...] is the foundation for a contemporary transfer of knowledge. Without unrestricted access to knowledge, knowledge transfer can only remain fragmentary. Open science is the term used to describe this cultural change. […] Direct transfer options also result from the increasing number of open access publications and freely accessible preprint portals based on the example of arXiv. Research data are also increasingly made available to the public.” (p. 9, System Erde, 11 (1), 2021, available at: https://doi.org/10.48440/GFZ.syserde.11.01.1, transl. by Lea Maria Ferguson, Open Science Office).

In the article “Perspektiven eines strategischen Wissens-und Technologietransfers am GFZ” (i. e. Perspectives on a strategic knowledge and technology transfer at the GFZ), the central role of open science in knowledge transfer for the Helmholtz Association is addressed, because “the focus on applicability and efficacy [of science] regarding society and the economy are firmly anchored in the mission of the Helmholtz Association. […] Transfer also requires new methods, rules, and incentives, since science and innovation are increasingly guided by openness (from open science to open source and open innovation).” (p. 25, transl. by Lea Maria Ferguson, Open Science Office).

6. Helmholtz Funds Nine Innovative Metadata Projects

Nine projects are being funded in the first round of the Helmholtz Incubator Platform Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration (HMC) with a total of 3.45 million euros. Twelve Helmholtz Centers are involved, representing all six research areas of the Helmholtz Association. Twenty-six applications were submitted, out of which nine projects were proposed for funding in a competitive process by an international panel of experts. Over the next two years, the projects will address various topics in the context of metadata, including the development of interoperable metadata standards for image files, the harmonization of metadata standards between the research areas of health, environment and earth observation, and the development of a workflow platform for archiving all processes of a scientific project. The Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration is one of five platforms of the Helmholtz Incubator for Information & Data Science.

7. Draft for Comments on the DFG Funding Program “Information Infrastructures for Research Data”

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is currently preparing an update of the funding program “Information Infrastructures for Research Data” and has made a draft available for public comment here. Comments can be submitted until April 29, 2021.

8. RADAR4KIT – KIT’s Research Data Repository

Since December 2020, the central research data repository “RADAR4KIT” has been available to all researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). RADAR4KIT helps to improve and simplify research data management activities at KIT, such as publishing, managing, archiving data, or sharing it with others for all disciplines (see Newsletter 74). The service is based on the repository solution RADAR developed by FIZ Karlsruhe in a DFG project together with KIT's Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC), and runs exclusively on KIT's own infrastructure. Other universities and non-university institutions can now also set up comparable, locally operated service solutions. The collaboration between KIT and FIZ Karlsruhe builds on the long-standing and multifaceted cooperation between the two institutes.

9. Review: RDA DE 2021

The Helmholtz Open Science Office would like to thank all speakers and participants for the exciting discussions and inspiring ideas during the RDA DE 2021 (Research Data Alliance Germany) conference, which was co-organized by the Open Science Office again this year.

For the first time, the RDA DE conference was held purely online and also for the first time ever, approx. 550 participants have been recorded. For all interested parties, the released slides and accompanying materials of the conference are now publicly available via the event website.

We are pleased to announce that the next RDA DE Conference will take place in February 2022. Further details regarding the organization and format will be communicated closer to the date.

10. Review: Online Seminar with Heidi Seibold on “Open and Reproducible Research”

On the occasion of the 57th Helmholtz Open Science online seminar, Heidi Seibold (Helmholtz AI and Helmholtz Zentrum München) gave a talk on “Practical Steps Towards Open and Reproducible Research” on February 10, 2021. The one-hour online seminar was held in English and was open for all interested persons from the Helmholtz Association and other institutions. Around 170 participants, almost 80 pertaining to the Helmholtz Association, took part in the lecture and the ensuing open discussion.

The slides of the lecture can be found here (available under CC BY 4.0 International). For further information, please refer to the accompanying factsheet and the event website.

11. DeepGreen Enters Pilot Operation Phase

The Helmholtz Open Science Office was a project partner in the DFG-funded project DeepGreen. At the end of the project phase, DeepGreen hosted a workshop in March 2021 (see documentation, in German). Currently, DeepGreen distributes articles from seven publishers to over 60 institutions in Germany. Also, first articles are being delivered to subject repositories (e.g., to EconStor). Thus, a national open access service for Germany has successfully been established. The event marked both the conclusion of the five-year DFG project and the beginning of the pilot operation phase of DeepGreen, which will be funded by the Cooperative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg, the Bavarian State Library, and the University Library of the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg for the next two years.

12. KIT Participates in BMBF Project on Service Models for Open Access Books

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is involved as a project partner in the BMBF-funded project “TU9_Monos”, which was selected as one of 20 projects in the “Guideline for Funding Projects to Accelerate the Transformation to Open Access” (in German).

The TU9_Monos project aims to develop sustainable models for future-proof open access infrastructures for the TU9 Alliance of leading technical universities in Germany. To this end, the project team is using a flexible approach to develop different service models for modular, integrated publication services. At least one library of the TU9 network will be enabled to independently support OA books on its own campus during the two-year project period. As a concrete case study, at least one new book publication will also be implemented in open access.

13. Website DEAL Operations

On the website Projekt DEAL one can find the elementary information on Project DEAL. Meanwhile, this has not only supplemented by information provided on the pages of the participating publishers; the MPDL Services GmbH now also provides the website DEAL Operations in order to successfully implement and optimally use the transformative agreements negotiated by Project DEAL.

14. Discussion Paper on Digital Publishing Published

The working group “Scientific Practice” of the Alliance Priority Initiative “Digital Information” has published the discussion paper “Expanding Scholarly Practices of Publishing in the Context of the Digital Turn”. The discussion paper has been published in German and in English; it reports on an expert dialogue with representatives from different scientific communities on the transformation of scholarly publishing in the wake of the digital turn.

15. Europe PMC Steps Up Indexing of Preprints

During the COVID 19 pandemic, the open access repository Europe PMC, which is operated on behalf of an alliance of research funders (see Newsletter 71, in German), has further intensified the indexing of preprints, which was started in 2018 in order to make medical research results easier to find and reuse. This involves indexing metadata and abstracts, and in some cases full texts, from about 20 preprint servers. Similar to other articles in Europe PMC, preprints are linked to the underlying research data and can be claimed with an ORCID iD. Preprints are clearly marked as such in Europe PMC to indicate that the article has not yet undergone peer review.

16. LIBER Wants #ZeroEmbargo on Publicly-Funded Scientific Publications

LIBER, the Association of Research Libraries in Europe, has presented a draft law on the use of publicly funded scientific publications. Accompanied by the #ZeroEmbargo campaign, the association calls for a zero embargo period for legal self-archiving on public open access repositories of publicly-funded scientific publications. This draft law builds on secondary publishing laws that have already come into effect in several European countries (France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain). This website provides information about the draft and its origins.

17. Recent Publications on Research Software

The Task Force “Scholarly Infrastructures of Research Software” of the Architecture Working Group of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Executive Board published the report “Scholarly infrastructures for research software” in December 2020, which develops a catalog of recommendations based on a representative panel survey comparing existing European infrastructures. In addition, the second version of the position paper “An environment for sustainable research software in Germany and beyond: current state, open challenges, and call for action” by the Society for Research Software (de-RSE e.V.) was made available at the end of January 2021. Furthermore, in March 2021 a pre-print on Research Software Sustainability and Citation” was published with participation from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the position paper Taking a fresh look at FAIR for research software” was published with participation of the RDA FAIR for Research Software (FAIR4RS) WG.

18. New OpenAIRE Project Launched: OpenAIRE Nexus

The work of the OpenAIRE (Advance) project will continue in 2021: Under the name “OpenAIRE Nexus“, the European Commission is funding the development of a set of services to sustainably implement and accelerate Open Science in Europe. 

To this aim, OpenAIRE Nexus onboards to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) fourteen services, provided by public institutions, e-infrastructures, and companies, structured in three portfolios: Publish, Monitor, Discover. The services are to be widely used in Europe and beyond and to be integrated within OpenAIRE Nexus to assemble a uniform open science scholarly communication package for the EOSC.

Recommended Reading

Adema, J., & Moore, S. A. (2021). Scaling small; Or how to envision new relationalities for knowledge production. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 16(1), 27-45. https://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.918

Berger, M. (2021). Bibliodiversity at the centre: Decolonizing open access. Development and Change, 52(2), 383–404. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1111/dech.12634

Bertelmann, R., Boltze, J., Ceynowa, K., Christof, J., Faensen, K., Groß, M., Hoffmann, C., Koch, T., Kuberek, M., Lohrum, S., Pampel, H., Putnings, M., Retter, R., Rusch, B., Schäffler, H., Söllner, K., Steffen, R., & Wannick, E. (2021). DeepGreen: Open-Access-Transformation in der Informationsinfrastruktur – Anforderungen und Empfehlungen, Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.12752/8150

Bosman, J., Frantsvåg, J. E., Kramer, B., Langlais, P.-C., & Proudman, V. (2021). The OA Diamond journals study. Part 1: Findings. Science Europe & cOAlition S. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4558704

International Science Council. (2021). Opening the record of science: making scholarly publishing work for science in the digital era. International Science Council. http://doi.org/10.24948/2021.01

Laakso, M., Matthias, L., & Jahn, N. (2021). Open is not forever: A study of vanished open access journals. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.24460

Next Generation Library Publishing (NGLP) Project. (2021). Library publishing infrastructure: Assembling new solutions. Educopia Institute. https://educopia.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/NGLP_LibPubInfra_FINAL.pdf

Serghiou, S., Contopoulos-Ioannidis, D. G., Boyack, K. W., Riedel, N., Wallach, J. D., & Ioannidis, J. P. A. (2021). Assessment of transparency indicators across the biomedical literature: How open is open? PLOS Biology, 19(3), e3001107, 1-26. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3001107


The Helmholtz Open Science Newsletter is published by the Helmholtz Open Science Office.

Editorial staff: Roland Bertelmann, Dr. Christoph Bruch, Lea Maria Ferguson, Dr. Reinhard Messerschmidt, Heinz Pampel, Antonia C. Schrader, Dr. Paul Schultze-Motel, and Nina Weisweiler.

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