Job: Programme Leader Citizen Science / Societal Engagement (end of play: Jan 07, 2023) | NWO

English translation via gTranslate, original posting at: https://www.nwo.nl/vacatures/programmaleider-citizen-science/societal-engagement

Do you have a passion for Open Science? Are you that ambitious connector and director with a clear vision of how Citizen Science and Public Engagement will lead to a more open, inclusive and participatory scientific practice? Then this vacancy at NWO is for you.

Minister Dijkgraaf recently announced extra investments so that Open Science really becomes the standard in scientific research in the coming years. NWO has been asked to coordinate this by setting up a temporary Open Science directing body, following the example of other directing bodies at NWO, such as SIA and NRO. A budget of € 20 million per year is available for this for the next 10 years. The coordinating body will work closely with universities, medical centres, universities of applied sciences and service organizations such as SURF, DANS, 4TUdata and the university libraries.

Making data, publications and other research products openly available alone is not enough to realize the transition to Open Science. Citizen Science and Societal Engagement contribute to making the research process itself more open, inclusive and participatory by involving social partners, including citizens. As a Citizen Science / Societal Engagement program leader, you have an important role in realizing that more open, inclusive and participatory scientific practice in which citizens and social parties are also part of the scientific process. You are the connector, director and inspirer in this area. You have a clear vision of the importance and needs of Citizen Science and Societal Engagement. You are the pivot in the web of the Dutch community or you can demonstrate that you can quickly acquire that position. You organize meetings and contribute to the development of policy and subsidy instruments so that Citizen Science and Societal Engagement become even more firmly anchored in the Dutch research landscape in the coming years.  

 

In practice it means that you:

are responsible for the development of a Citizen Science / Societal Engagement program line along the lines of the ambitions formulated in the NPOS;
together with your colleagues, translate these ambitions into funding instruments and organize them in such a way that applicants (institutions and researchers) are challenged to make innovative proposals;
acts as community manager of the wider community in the field of Citizen Science / Societal Engagement, contributes to activities to connect parties and stimulate cooperation, eg by organizing meetings or workshops;
closely monitors developments in the field of Citizen Science / Societal Engagement, identifies new developments and places them on the agenda;
act as secretary in the project proposal review process;
are responsible for the further development, implementation and evaluation of NWO policy in the field of Citizen Science / Societal Engagement in line with the strategic principles of NWO, and ensure coordination within NWO;
builds and maintains a relevant (inter)national network with organizations in this field.

You bring this

demonstrable experience and affinity with the broader Open Science agenda and a real drive to make Open Science the norm;
several years of work experience in the implementation and development of science policy, preferably in the field of Citizen Science / Societal Engagement;
an infectious enthusiasm for the potential of Citizen Science / Societal Engagement to make the scientific process more open, inclusive and participatory;
a convincing vision of the position of Citizen Science / Societal Engagement within the broader Open Science agenda and what is needed to promote that development in the Netherlands;
excellently able to organize, inspire and enthuse the community;
attention to and insight into (in)formal relationships, positions and interests within and outside NWO and the capacity to respond adequately to these;
an independent work attitude in which you also function well in a team, with a sense of proportion;
good communication skills, both orally and in writing in Dutch and English;
experience in maintaining contacts and cooperation in science and with representative national organizations such as UNL, NFU, SURF, KNAW; 
knowledge of grant processes at NWO or other financiers or the willingness to develop them;
a completed academic education.

You recognize yourself in the core values ??of NWO: involved, reliable, connecting and groundbreaking. 

This is where you come to work

The Open Science governing body is in the starting blocks and currently consists of a quartermaster/director and 2 policy officers. In the coming year, th

Job: Program leader FAIR / Open data (end of play: Jan 07, 2023) | NWO

Translation via gTranslate, original posting: https://www.nwo.nl/vacatures/programmaleider-fair/open-data

Do you have a passion for Open Science? Are you that ambitious connector and director and do you want to actively contribute to Open Science so that FAIR / open research data really become the norm in the coming years? Then this vacancy at NWO is for you. Apply and become part of our team!

Minister Dijkgraaf recently announced extra investments so that Open Science really becomes the standard in scientific research in the coming years. NWO has been asked to coordinate this by setting up a temporary Open Science directing body, following the example of other directing bodies at NWO, such as SIA and NRO. A budget of € 20 million per year is available for this for the next 10 years. The coordinating body will work closely with universities, medical centres, universities of applied sciences and service organizations such as SURF, DANS, 4TUdata and the university libraries.

Although much has happened in recent years to implement open / FAIR sharing of data, there are still major challenges. These are largely cultural in nature: the awareness and adoption by researchers of FAIR practices through training and information and the great need to support this through well-trained data stewards. There are also major technical challenges in making research data interoperable and reusable. Involvement of science is essential in this, as is the connection with international developments, including the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). As a FAIR / Open data program leader, you have an important role in driving these developments. You have an overview of the complex Dutch data landscape and a vision of how it should develop. You know how to connect and inspire organizations. In addition, you have an eye for the different data cultures between disciplines and you are demonstrably capable of working with respect for those differences on the development of policies, tools and practices to promote open and FAIR research data in the Netherlands.

 

In practice it means that you:

are responsible for the development of an open / FAIR research data program line along the lines of the ambitions formulated in the NPOS;
together with your colleagues, translate these ambitions into funding instruments and organize them in such a way that applicants (institutions and researchers) are challenged to make innovative proposals;
acts as the community manager of the Dutch Open / FAIR data community, contributes to activities to connect parties and stimulate collaboration, eg by organizing meetings or workshops;
closely monitors developments in the field of Open / FAIR data, identifies new developments and places them on the agenda;
act as secretary in the project proposal review process;
are responsible for the further development, implementation and evaluation of NWO’s FAIR data policy in line with NWO’s strategic principles, and ensure coordination within NWO and with external parties;
builds and maintains the international network with organizations in this field, including fellow funding councils , the European Commission and relevant infrastructures in this field.

You bring this

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demonstrable experience and affinity with the broader Open Science agenda and a real drive to make Open Science the norm;
several years of work experience in the specific field of Open / FAIR data, for example at one of the Dutch service providers in this field;
a convincing vision of the future of the FAIR data landscape in the Netherlands and beyond;
a relevant national and international network and good reputation in the FAIR data community;
excellently capable of inspiring, connecting and enthusing that community;
attention to and insight into (in)formal relationships, positions and interests within and outside NWO and the capacity to respond adequately to these;
an independent work attitude in which you also function well in a team, with a sense of proportion;
good communication skills, both orally and in writing in Dutch and English;
experience in maintaining contacts and cooperation in science and with representative national organizations such as UNL, NFU, SURF, KNAW. 
knowledge of grant processes at NWO or other financiers or the willingness to develop them;
a completed academic education. 

You recognize yourself in the core values ??of NWO: involved, reliable, connecting and groundbreaking. 

This is where you come to work

The Open Science governing body is in the starting blocks and currently consists of a quartermaster/director and 2 policy officers. In the coming year, this team will further expand to a team of a maximum of 10 employees (program leaders, program employees and support staff)

Job: Programme leader Open Scholarly Communication (end of play: Jan 07, 2023) | NWO

Do you have a passion for Open Science? Are you that ambitious connector and director and do you want to actively contribute to making Open Access and Open Science truly the norm in the coming years? Then this vacancy at NWO is for you. Apply and become part of our team!

Minister Dijkgraaf recently announced extra investments so that Open Science really becomes the standard in scientific research in the coming years. NWO has been asked to coordinate this by setting up a temporary Open Science directing body, following the example of other directing bodies at NWO, such as SIA and NRO. A budget of € 20 million per year is available for this for the next 10 years. The coordinating body will work closely with universities, medical centres, universities of applied sciences and service organizations such as SURF, DANS, 4TUdata and the university libraries.

Now that the goal of 100% Open Access to scientific articles in the Netherlands is within reach, new challenges are emerging. How do we extend Open Access to other publication types? How do we arrive at more transparent, cost-effective and equitable publication models in which the academic community is less dependent on market parties? And: how do we ensure that all that contentnot only Open Access but also actually accessible to the wider society? As a program leader, you have an important role in stimulating these innovations. You are the connector, director and inspirer in this area. You have a clear vision on the development of the scientific communication system. You have a good reputation in the Dutch Open Access community or can demonstrably build it up quickly. You are actively committed to continuing to work with that community, libraries and other organizations to renew that landscape towards a more open system of scientific publishing and thus to the full transition to Open Science.

 

In practice it means that you:

are responsible for the development of a program line “towards open scholarly communication” along the lines of the ambitions formulated in the NPOS;
together with your colleagues, translate these ambitions into funding instruments and organize them in such a way that applicants (institutions and researchers) are challenged to make innovative proposals;
acts as the community manager of the wider Dutch community in the field, contributes to activities to connect parties and stimulate cooperation, eg by organizing meetings or workshops;
keeps a close eye on developments in the field of Open Access, identifies new developments and puts them on the agenda;
act as secretary in the project proposal review process;
are responsible for the further development, implementation and evaluation of the Open Access policy of NWO in line with the strategic principles of NWO, and ensure coordination within NWO and with external parties;
builds and maintains the international network with organizations in this field, including fellow funding councils , the European Commission, libraries, publishers and relevant Open Science infrastructures.

You bring this

demonstrable experience and affinity with the broader Open Science agenda and a real drive to make Open Science the norm;
several years of work experience in the specific field of Open Access at a scientific institution or publisher;
a convincing vision of the future of the academic publishing landscape;
a relevant national and international network in the Open Access community;
excellently capable of inspiring, connecting and enthusing that community;
attention to and insight into (in)formal relationships, positions and interests within and outside NWO and the capacity to respond adequately to these;
an independent work attitude in which you also function well in a team, with a sense of proportion;
good communication skills, both orally and in writing in Dutch and English;
experience in maintaining contacts and cooperation in science and with representative national organizations such as UNL, UKB, NFU, SURF, KNAW;
knowledge of grant processes at NWO or other financiers or the willingness to develop them;
a completed academic education. 

You recognize yourself in the core values ??of NWO: involved, reliable, connecting and groundbreaking. 

This is where you come to work

The Open Science governing body is in the starting blocks and currently consists of a quartermaster/director and 2 policy officers. In the coming year, this team will further expand to a team of a maximum of 10 employees (program leaders, program employees and support staff). We are working towards an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and ambitious team that has the drive to accelerate the transition to Open Science and really make it the norm. As the steering body, we will work closely with all organizations active in the field of Open Science in the Netherlands. As

Moving towards 100 percent open | NWO

” ‘The fact that over eighty percent of publications resulting from research funded by NWO and ZonMw were available in open access form in 2020 is a huge step forward’, says Robert-Jan Smits, President of the Executive Board of the Eindhoven University of Technology. ‘Don’t forget that, at the beginning of 2018, only eleven percent of publications worldwide were open access. I expect the rest to follow in the coming years.’ Smits was Director-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission before being appointed EU Special Envoy Open Access in 2018. Later that year, his appointment resulted in Plan S, and towards the end of the year, he published the book Plan S: Science, Shock, Solution. In a nutshell, Plan S (Shock) requires that publicly funded research is made available immediately, with no paywall or embargo. Moreover, re-use of content is permitted under a CC-BY licence….”

Open does not mean free | NWO

“The bottom line is that, for scientific knowledge to be published, someone has to pay. But who? And could those costs be reduced? ‘The risk is that you replace the barrier to reading with a barrier to publishing.’ …

One option is to find other sources of funding. Several universities and research funders have funds to allow open access journals. A few years ago, Jean-Sébastien Caux, a physicist at the University of Amsterdam, founded SciPost, a platform where anyone can read and post scientific publications free of charge. Some universities and funders pay for costs such as layout, a website, the peer-review system and archiving. In addition, KNAW, NWO and the OPUS Foundation support the platform openjournals.nl, which enables smaller independent Dutch and Belgian journals in the social sciences and humanities to publish open access. Societies or journal owners can use the platform at cost price, and authors can publish without publication costs. Existing publishers could also start to work differently, for instance using the subscribe-to-open model. In this case, libraries still pay subscription fees but on the condition that publishers use those funds to make their journals open access, with no APCs. ‘We’ve focused on the big deals for a long time’, says Bianca Kramer. ‘Now it’s time to explore alternative funding models.’ This does not yet mean that costs will come down; for that, the dependence on certain journals would have to lessen. Kramer: ‘Researchers are in a dilemma: they do want to get away from that journal prestige, but they still feel compelled by the existing system of research evaluation to publish in precisely these journals.’ ”

Don’t abolish anything, just broaden the scope | NWO

“Many academics argue that open science will only work if we recognise and reward researchers differently. We want to do justice to more scientists, but ‘we’re already walking on a bridge that we haven’t even finished building yet.’ Experienced researchers object to this at times, and sometimes this creates uncertainty among young academics….”

 

Researchers positive about open science, but there are still obstacles | NWO

“Eighty-seven per cent of all researchers have a (very) positive attitude about open science. Young scientists are even more enthusiastic with a percentage of 94%. But researchers are still coming across obstacles when it comes to practical implementation. This has emerged from a poll commissioned by NWO among researchers from all disciplines.

The aim and the reality in everyday practice are most closely aligned when it comes to the open access publication of research results. Ninety-five per cent of the researchers surveyed consider this to be (very) important, while 83% actually publish their research openly, often or always. When it comes to sharing data, there is still a gap between intention and reality. Ninety-three per cent of the researchers surveyed say they consider this (very) important, but only 56% say they actually do it in practice. The lack of infrastructure, clear instructions and guidelines are mentioned as obstacles (44% and 47%), but the lack of financial resources (72%) scores highest….”

PID Strategy of Dutch Research Council (NWO) – PID Best Practices – The PID Forum

“The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has published its Persistent Identifier (PID) strategy to improve its capacity for analysing the impact of research. In the Persistent Identifier (PID) strategy NWO describes how it will gradually implement PIDs in the coming years. PIDs are an increasingly important component of scholarly communication because of the increased digitisation of research. They ensure that research is findable and contribute to save researchers time and effort.

The NWO PID strategy can be summarised by the following five recommendations:

Implement ORCID ID for researchers into grant application, peer review, and project reporting workflows.
Implement Crossref Grant ID in grant application and project reporting workflows.
Implement research organisation IDs in grant application and project reporting workflows.
Contribute to shaping the national PID landscape by participating in the ORCID-NL consortium and in a future PID Advisory Board.
Collaborate with other funders in the international PID landscape, for instance within the context of Science Europe….”

NWO grant for the Open Library for Humanities

“The Open Library for Humanities (OLH) has received a three-year grant for the Library Partnership Subsidy system. OLH is an academic Open Access platform without costs for the authors who publish there.

NWO is deeply committed to Open Access and is dedicated to realising this transition. The sustainable funding of digital infrastructures is essential in this regard. NWO tries to contribute to that where possible. Today, NWO will announce that it is entering a three-year partnership with the Open Library for Humanities. OLH is high-quality Open Access platform in the humanities….”

De stap naar open science moet door een zo groot mogelijke hoepel – ScienceGuide

” It is clear that the assessment criteria for researchers must change. There are other good reasons for that. Publishing in Science gets a lot of weight in the assessment of a scientist, but it is not in itself proof that a person’s research is important: there are also articles in this journal that are never or little quoted. And some fields are underrepresented.

This is one of the reasons why NWO recently issued the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).  signed. This calls for a broader assessment of a person’s contribution to science: not just on the basis of a few simple core indicators such as the h-index  . It does not only have to be researched: a method can also be groundbreaking. And research data can in itself already have great value for other scientists and even for society as a whole.

NWO will adapt the instructions to its reviewers in order to give this change in the assessment criteria hands and feet….”

NWO’s Incentive Fund for Open Access to end on 1 January 2018 – NWO-I

“On 1 January 2018, NWO will terminate its Incentive Fund for Open Access Publications and Conferences. NWO will meet all of its prior financial commitments made to the fund.

NWO introduced the Incentive Fund in 2010 to finance open access publications and activities that bring attention to open access during academic conferences. Since it was introduced many years ago, the Incentive Fund has proved to be a useful way of promoting open access publishing. NWO believes that the academic world is now sufficiently aware of open access publishing and its importance.”