Research evaluation in context 1: Introducing research evaluation in the Netherlands – Leiden Madtrics

“As a member of the working group for the monitoring and further development of the evaluation protocol – and as an employee of CWTS – let me provide insight and context. In a series of blog posts I will focus on the evaluation procedure and the evaluation goals as described in the current protocol for the evaluation of research units. Furthermore, I will focus on the bigger picture and pay attention to the context in which the evaluation protocols have been developed and function….”

Data Steward Research Data Management (RDM) | Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

“We are looking for a research data management specialist (data steward) with an enterprising and customer-oriented attitude, who will shape RDM support to the university’s researchers. You will support researchers in addressing internal and external requirements with regards to RDM, applying FAIR principles to research data, and so contribute to reuse and reproducibility of research. Your work will cover a broad scope of topics, which vary from assistance in RDM planning, advice on storage, archiving and publication of research data, handling privacy-sensitive data, policy making, to providing and developing training in RDM skills. You will serve as first line of support for privacy-related matters, working closely with the Privacy team and performing the first assessment of the privacy compliance in research projects….”

Sharing published short academic works in institutional repositories after six months | LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries

Abstract:  The ambition of the Netherlands, laid down in the National Plan Open Science, is to achieve 100% open access for academic publications. The ambition was to be achieved by 2020. However, it is to be expected that for the year 2020 between 70% and 75% of the articles will be open access. Until recently, the focus of the Netherlands has been on the gold route – open access via journals and publishers’ platforms. This is likely to be costly and it is also impossible to cover all articles and other publication types this way. Since 2015, Dutch Copyright Act has offered an alternative with the implementation of Article 25fa (also known as the ‘Taverne Amendment’), facilitating the green route, i.e. open access via (trusted) repositories. This amendment allows researchers to share short scientific works (e.g. articles and book chapters in edited collections), regardless of any restrictive guidelines from publishers. From February 2019 until August 2019 all Dutch universities participated in the pilot ‘You Share, we Take Care!’ to test how this copyright amendment could be interpreted and implemented by institutions as a policy instrument to enhance green open access and “self-archiving”. In 2020 steps were taken to scale up further implementation of the amendment. This article describes the outcomes of this pilot and shares best practices on implementation and awareness activities in the period following the pilot until early 2021, in which libraries have played an instrumental role in building trust and working on effective implementations on an institutional level. It concludes with some possible next steps for alignment, for example on a European level.

 

Mark your calendar for the “From Here to EOSC” workshop on the 28th September – EOSC synergy

“The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is a hot topic in today’s science world, and national governments are taking more and more steps towards the concept of Open Science. This includes the Dutch government, that has started to monitor the progress and barriers concerning the Dutch data infrastructure and related facilities, which will be presented and discussed during the “From Here to EOSC” workshop organised by DANS in collaboration with the EOSC Synergy project….”

WUR gives away CRISPR intellectual property licenses for free in fight against hunger – Reader Mode

“The ultimate aim of plant breeding has always been to make plants resistant to drought and diseases. That could help eliminate hunger around the world. This is no longer a distant thought, thanks to a technology called CRISPR-Cas. Today Wageningen University & Research (WUR) announces it will provide potential partners with free licenses to work on its patented CRISPR technology. The license must be applied to gene-editing of plants for non-profit applications….”

WUR gives away CRISPR intellectual property licenses for free in fight against hunger – Reader Mode

“The ultimate aim of plant breeding has always been to make plants resistant to drought and diseases. That could help eliminate hunger around the world. This is no longer a distant thought, thanks to a technology called CRISPR-Cas. Today Wageningen University & Research (WUR) announces it will provide potential partners with free licenses to work on its patented CRISPR technology. The license must be applied to gene-editing of plants for non-profit applications….”

Boost for academic recognition and reward revolution

“Dutch academics are putting their foot on the gas in the rebellion against the uncritical use of journal impact factors to recognise and reward researchers, which was set in motion by the 2012 San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, or DORA.

From early next year, Utrecht University in the Netherlands will officially stop using the so-called ‘impact factor’ in all its hiring and promotions and judge its researchers by their commitment to open science, teamwork, public engagement and data sharing.

And despite opposition from some Dutch professors, the sweeping changes are gathering pace, with Leiden University among the Dutch institutions also pledging their support with their Academia in Motion paper….”

Scientific Information Specialist ‘Science and (bio)medical sciences’: building on open science (1.0 FTE) (Deadline: Aug 30, 2021) | Universiteit Utrecht

Utrecht University (UU) has the ambition to lead the way in Europe in the field of open science. These developments in science presents new opportunities and possibilities for the University Library (UB) external link to use its knowledge and expertise in making research and education output findable, accessible, interoperable and (re)usable (FAIR). One area that is developing strongly is FAIR research data.

You will work within the Academic Services sector of the University Library. The sector adapts its services flexibly to the changing needs of researchers, lecturers and students. In the coming years, Academic Services (approx. 35 FTEs) will continue to develop and innovate its products and services in direct interaction with its customers. The services focus on supporting education and research, as well as open science. The department works in a result-oriented manner. This means that you have a great deal of freedom to organize your own work.

To strengthen the team, we are looking for a specialist in science and (bio)medical sciences.

Function
On behalf of the library, you will be the point of contact for researchers, lecturers and students within the Faculty of Medicine and the Biology programme. In addition, you and your colleagues are committed to providing the faculties of Veterinary Medicine and Science with the best possible support in research.

You are able to engage in constructive communication with your stakeholders, and use this skill to advice researchers on scientific information provision and processing, open science and scientific communication. You will work on developing and implementing open science services such as: open access, research data, reproducible code and software, publishing rights issues and research assessment. You provide training in the field of research data management and information skills, such as systematic reviews.

Your tasks:

building and maintaining a relevant network of relationships within the Faculties of Medicine and the Biology programme and with colleagues inside and outside the University Library;
ensuring proper information provision and stimulating optimal use of the University Library services for research and education;
informing, advising and supporting researchers on developments and solutions on scientific information provision strategies and scientific communication, for all phases of the research cycle;
you provide advice in the field of research data management within both faculties;
you give online and offline training courses and workshops and you work together with stakeholders and colleagues on this;
contributing to the (further) development and innovation of new services for the creation, management and (re)use of research data and -information in academic research and education.

Qualifications

You have a master’s degree in (bio)medical sciences and at least three years of relevant work experience.
You know the perspective of academic researchers, lecturers and students and you are creative in translating the wishes of these users into appropriate (technical) solutions.
You have demonstrable experience and knowledge in the field of digital research and affinity with open science, particularly in the field of research data management. (Basic) knowledge of programming (preferably Python or R) is a plus or you are willing to develop in this area.
You have experience in building and maintaining a professional network. You have good advisory skills. You know how to represent our organization in the network of collaborating partners and in particular within the Faculty of Medicine and the Biology degree programme.
You have a strong affinity with the process of scientific communication in an academic environment. You know how to transfer and share knowledge, both in groups and with individuals.
You are strong in transferring and sharing knowledge, both to groups and individually.

This position requires strong communication skills and personal characteristics such as: customer-orientation, analytical skills, result-orientation, organizational sensitivity, networking and team skills. You have an excellent command of English. For international candidates, we require a minimum command of the Dutch language (level B2).

Offer

We offer a temporary position for a period of one year, with the prospect of an extension for indefinite period if proven suitable. The salary – depending on your education, experience and the specific tasks you will perform – is at least €2,790 and a maximum of €4,402 gross per month for a full appointment (salary scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

You will receive a laptop and smartphone from the University Library. You can also count on attractive fringe benefits, such as 8% holiday pay and an end-

Consultant FAIR research data: building on open science (0.8 FTE)

As a Consultant, you work proactively within the various networks and communities in the field of FAIR research data. Researchers are part of interdisciplinary communities where it is common practice to collect, analyze, share, find and store data together in a systematic way. Good data management, based on the FAIR principles, is indispensable here. As a Consultant FAIR research data, you implement services organized by the University Library: you inform, advise and train researchers, research groups, and faculties across disciplines in data management, during the various stages of research. You will also participate in projects to further expand or optimize services in the field of research data. A specific part of your duties is the role of community manager, a pivotal function for current and future data specialists within the UU. As a spider in the web, you ensure a continuous and varied program for and by researchers, data support staff, and students. Examples include organizing the introduction program for new UU employees in this area and data community meetings. You take the lead, keep your eyes open for new initiatives, ensure good organization, enthuse and connect people. You work closely with colleagues within other support services such as Information & Technology Services (ITS). The Consultant FAIR research data is part of Research Data Management (RDM) Support, a multidisciplinary network of data experts within the University and University Medical Center Utrecht, see also Research Data Management Support – Universiteit Utrecht.

Viewpoint: As part of global shift, Utrecht University is changing how it evaluates its researchers | Science|Business

Many scientists are transitioning to a new way of working, known as open science, which will require new ways of evaluating researchers’ work. At Utrecht University we are adapting the reward system so it will incentivise this shift. The change that has received the most public attention, ditching the publishing metric known as the journal impact factor, is important, but it’s just one step in a much larger transformation. Through open science, researchers and research administrators seek to improve the quality, reproducibility and social impact of research. Open science includes open access publishing, so citizens and peers can access the fruits of publicly-funded research without paying for the privilege, and moving to a system of FAIR data, making information easy for researchers to find, access, and reuse. Open science also includes software sharing.

We moeten af van telzucht in de wetenschap – ScienceGuide

From Google’s English:  “On July 19, ScienceGuide published an open letter from 171 academics who are concerned about the new Recognition and Valuation of scientists. In fact, the signatories warn that the new ‘Recognize and Appreciate’ leads to more arbitrariness and loss of quality. This will jeopardize the international top position of Dutch science, argue the writers, which will adversely affect young academics in particular.  …

It is noticeable that these young scientists, whom the letter speaks of, do not seem to be involved in drafting the message. It is also striking that signatories to the open letter themselves are mainly at the top of the academic career ladder; 142 of the 171 signatories are even professors. As Young Science in Transition, PhD candidates Network Netherlands, PostDocNL, a large number of members of De Jonge Akademies and many other young researchers, we do not agree with the message they are proclaiming. In fact, we worry about these kinds of noises when it comes to our current and future careers. Young academics are eagerly waiting for a new system of Recognition and Appreciation. …”

Nieuwe Erkennen en waarderen schaadt Nederlandse wetenschap – ScienceGuide

From Google’s English:  “A group of 171 scientists, including 142 professors, warns in this open letter that the new Recognition and Valuation will harm Dutch science. The medical, exact and life sciences in particular are in danger of losing their international top position as a result of the new Recognition and Appreciation, because it is no longer clear how scientists are judged.

An article was recently published in Nature about the new policy of Utrecht University whereby the impact factors of scientific journals are no longer included in the evaluation of scientists. Measurable performance figures have been abandoned in favor of an ‘open science’ system and elevating the team above the individual.  

Here 171 academics warn that this new ‘Recognition and appreciation’ will lead to more arbitrariness and less quality and that this policy will have major consequences for the international recognition and appreciation of Dutch scientists. This will have negative consequences in particular for young researchers, who will no longer be able to compete internationally.  …”

Why the new Recognition & Rewards actually boosts excellent science

“During the last few weeks, several opinion pieces have appeared questioning the new Recognition and Rewards (R&R) and Open Science in Dutch academia. On July 13, the TU/e Cursor published interviews with professors who question the usefulness of a new vision on R&R (1). A day later, on July 14, the chairman of the board of NWO compared science to top sport, with an emphasis on sacrifice and top performance (2), a line of thinking that fits the traditional way of R&R in academia. On July 19, an opinion piece was published by 171 university (head) teachers and professors (3), this time in ScienceGuide questioning again the new vision of R&R. These articles, all published within a week, show that as the new R&R gains traction within universities, established scholars are questioning its usefulness and effectiveness. Like others before us (4), we would like to respond. …”