Coordinator Dutch Reproducibility Network

“The Dutch Reproducibility Network (NLRN) is currently being developed with the goal to increase the quality and efficiency of research in the Netherlands by coordinating, supporting and strengthening initiatives on transparency and reproducibility across scholarly disciplines. NLRN is being structured following other reproducibility networks such as the UKRN.

Job description

The coordinator will be the driving force in further developing the network and in planning and organizing activities, working in close collaboration with the steering group and serving as a bridge between the steering group, network members and other stakeholders. The coordinator will organize activities such as symposia and webinars, take care of communication and dissemination within the network (e.g. via social media and the website), keep the website up to date, actively think about future activities and support the steering group in identifying and contacting relevant stakeholders. Additionally, the coordinator will support the steering group in the development and curation of training materials and in designing implementation strategies together with stakeholders from the network….”

Practical Guide on Open Science is available!

“Practical Guide on Open Science for Early-Career Researchers is published by the Dutch consortium of University Libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands (UKB), together with the Universities of The Netherlands (UNL), the Dutch National Centre of Expertise and Repository for Research Data (DANS) and the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The guide is fully open access and available to any researcher and interested party via Zenodo repository.

This guide will be useful for anyone looking for practical information about Open Science, but especially for beginning researchers such as PhD candidates and researchers who recently received their PhD. The practical guide is designed to accompany researchers from all disciplines at Dutch universities and research institutes. Every chapter provides help, tools, links and practices that can be applied immediately….”

IFLA’s global role in Open Access – engaging networks and partnerships for sustainable progress | 21 August, IFLA WLIC 2023 | Rotterdam

“Description: Open access seeks to make research globally available and discoverable for the long-term and not only in times of crisis. While considerable progress has been made towards realising this ambition, financial, equity, and other barriers remain. This high-level session will bring together stakeholders from major regional and global initiatives, and IFLA, that seek to create more inclusive, diverse, and sustainable means of achieving open access. The contribution of open access to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, UNESCO Open Science Recommendations, and a rights-based approach to access to information will be explored, together with practical examples for implementation at regional and local levels. These include the need for a diversity of models, sustainable funding, and underpinning infrastructure. The session will also focus on the recommendations from IFLA’s 2022 statement and call to action on open access, and progress towards implementation. A strong global position that makes space for regional diversity and needs is critical to achieving open access, and in turn, to a positive and inclusive open research and open science culture. Opportunities must be taken to strengthen networks among libraries and stakeholders and the voices of all regions. The session will conclude with recommendations on how to continue to build these networks and partnerships so that key priorities and barriers to equity at global, regional and local levels can be identified and addressed. This session is currently scheduled to take place 15:15-16:00 on Monday, 21 August 2023 and is expected to attract around 300 delegates. Each speaker will give opening remarks, followed by a panel discussion.”

Open access regulation

“Article 25fa of the Dutch Copyright Act (hereafter: CA) entitles researchers to share a short academic work without financial consideration for a reasonable period. To facilitate exercising this right, the VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands) completed a successful pilot project as a part of the National Programme for Open Science (NPOS) in 2019. The participating researchers gave universities their permission to share short academic works. 

The pilot’s evaluation showed that the efficiency of the administrative procedures for researchers to grant permission (by two-way paper licence) is an obstacle to scaling up. The solution was found in converting the so-called opt-in approach into a tacit licence procedure with the possibility to opt-out. 

The universities, as the employer, warrant the participating researchers to pay for the possible costs in the case of a legal dispute with a publisher. Within the VSNU, the universities agreed to share the legal risks. 

Considering that: 

the Eindhoven University of Technology supports the importance of Open Access, thereby following Dutch government policy as laid down in the letter of the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science dated 15 November 20131; 

Article 25fa of the Dutch Copyright Act (CA) entitles researchers to share a short academic work without financial consideration following a reasonable period after publication; 

the University has an interest in the academic output of its staff members being easily retrievable and, with a view to being a good employer, wishes to facilitate that its staff members can optimally exercise their rights under Article 25fa CA; 

the University requires a tacit, non-exclusive licence from its staff members for the purpose as mentioned above…”

National Tripartite Event Netherlands | EOSC Association

“SURF (the collaborative organisation for IT in Dutch education and research/Mandated Organisation of the EOSC-A) and the ministries OCW and EZK (EOSC Steering Board members) hosted the first national Tripartite event in the Netherlands on the 11th of April 2023. Approximately 50 different stakeholders were present including: researchers, representatives of the Open Science Communities, Open Science programmes and Digital Competence Centers from Dutch research performing organisations, service providing and funding organisations and delegates from national administrations, the European Commission, EOSC-SB and EOSC-A including our own president of the EOSC-A Karel Luyben….”

Call for Proposals- The Global Impact of Library Publishing | IFLA Library Publishing SIG | deadline 30 April 2023

“Library publishing has a long history, coming into its own with the Internet, the proliferation of open source and proprietary publishing platforms, the rapid expansion of formal library publishing programs globally, and a vibrant international community of practice nurtured by the  Library Publishing Coalition and  IFLA’s Special Interest Group .  Today, hundreds of libraries globally are engaged in numerous aspects of publishing, from local, informal initiatives, to extensive, diverse, and sophisticated formats.  The growth of this area of library activity knows no bounds and continues to grow exponentially, gaining added impetus with open science, EDI, and bibliodiversity imperatives. The satellite seeks to explore how the growth of this passionate and energetic work by library publishers is impacting three areas of high value for society:  (1) Library Publishing Supporting open science; (2) Library Publishing Supporting open pedagogy; and (3) Library Publishing Supporting an educated society. The SIG Program Committee enthusiastically solicits and welcomes proposals in each of our featured areas, with the aim of inspiring and engaging the IFLA community as our professionals pursue goals that are at the heart of library missions and values….

Date:  Saturday, August 19, 2023 –  9:30 – 5:00 p.m. Location:  Koninklijke Bibliotheek / Royal Library of the Netherlands, Den Haag….”

NWO to support three new open infrastructures | NWO


Open science benefits from an open infrastructure and thriving networks and communities that support the scientific community in sharing publications, data and software openly. NWO’s support to the following four organisations contributes to this.

Open science Infrastructures


OpenCitations is a non-profit organisation dedicated to publishing open bibliographic and citation data using Linked Data technologies. Providing an open database of citations reduces the reliance on commercial products for doing bibliometric research and citation measurement.

Research Organization Registry (ROR)

ROR is a global, open registry for identifying research organisations run by the academic community. ROR makes it easy for any person or system to standardise institutional names and link research organisations to researchers and research outputs. ROR is also one of the recommended Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) in the NWO PID Strategy.

Public Knowledge Project (PKP)

PKP is a research and development initiative of Simon Fraser University in Canada that develops the leading open source publishing software Open Journal Systems (OJS). More than 30,000 open access journals worldwide use this software. This makes it an essential infrastructure in the open access publishing landscape.

Netherlands Reproducibility Network (NLRN)

NLRN aims to increase knowledge on the transparency and reproducibility of research and to coordinate, support and strengthen initiatives and developments in this field in order to improve the quality and efficiency of research in the Netherlands. NLRN is a member of the international network of national reproducibility networks.

Open science stands for the transition to a more open and participatory research practice in which publications, data, software and other forms of scientific information are shared and made available for reuse at the earliest possible stage. Open science leads to greater impact, both on science and on society. NWO believes that publicly funded research should be openly available and is actively contributing to the transition to open science.

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NWO supports a number of non-profit, community-led initiatives aimed at renewing the scientific communication system. See more details on these infrastructures.

PhD candidate Monitoring Open Science Policies and Practices – Leiden University

“The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is looking for a

PhD candidate Monitoring Open Science Policies and Practices (1,0FTE)
Vacancy number 13576

Leiden University takes the transition towards Open Science seriously. In the first stages, this transition will aim at further opening of the scholarly communication and publication processes, further improvement of FAIR data management and open data and software practices, and further strengthening of the relationship between the university and society at large through citizen science.

Are you interested in studying this transition and its impact? And do you want to contribute to this important cultural and behavioural change by informing daily research practices with robust scientific evidence? Then we are looking forward to meeting you! We have a job opening for a PhD candidate with good qualitative and/or quantitative research skills to work in the research program Monitoring Open Science Policies and Practices….”

UvA Diamond Open Access Fund open to new applications – Library UvA – University of Amsterdam

“The UvA Open Access Fund supports ‘diamond open access’ initiatives: publication platforms and journals that do not charge for publication or reading. This year, it is once again possible for new, emerging or proven UvA diamond open access initiatives to apply for funding. The new round of applications closes on 1 July 2023….”

Regieorgaan Open Science officially launched as Open Science NL | NWO

“Representatives of fifteen knowledge institutions and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science have signed the covenant for Open Science NL. It contains further agreements about the newly established Regieorgaan Open Science at NWO, which is called Open Science NL. The festive signing took place during a meeting at TU Delft, which was entirely dedicated to open science….”


Open Science Festival 2023 (Aug 31, 2023) ? Call for proposals, end of play: May 15, 2023

We’re inviting researchers to design and lead an interactive in-person workshop or session at the Open Science Festival on 31 August 2023. Alternatively you can present an initiative and apply for a booth at the Market Place. Please submit your proposal before 15 May 2023 by using the form here below: leads from approved proposals will be contacted before 1 June 2023 and your description will be published on the website of the festival before registration opens, also on 1 June.

Important dates:

National Open Science Festival:
31 August 2023

opens 1 June 2023

Call open for workshop / session / marketplace proposals:
15 March 2023 – 15 May 2023

Notification of acceptance or rejection:
26 May 2023


Team ‘Open Science regieorgaan’ introduces itself | NWO

“Last year, Minister Dijkgraaf announced substantial additional investments to give open science an extra boost. NWO has been asked to set up a temporary regieorgaan to ensure that open science becomes the norm in the coming years. The National Initiative (regieorgaan) team is beginning to take shape.

Open science represents the transition to a more open and participatory research practice in which publications, data, software and other forms of scientific information are shared at the earliest possible stage and made available for reuse. Open science leads to greater impact, both on science and society. NWO believes that publicly funded research should be openly available and is actively contributing to the transition to open science.

NWO has been asked to set up a National Initiative to ensure that open science becomes the norm. On March 29, the signing of the covenant will take place making the establishment of the National Initiative a reality. In the run-up, staff members introduce themselves….”

Open Science course available on new knowledge platform | NWO

“NWO teamed up with the Research Council Norway (RCN) and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) to create an open science course. This course was offered last year to employees of NWO and RCN. Its content is now available to anyone through an open knowledge platform set up by CWTS….”