EU-Citizen.Science :: Citizen Science & Open Science: Synergies & Future Areas of Work

Citizen Science (CS) and Open Science (OS) are among the most discussed topics in current research and innovation policy, and are becoming increasingly related. This policy brief was developed with contributions from a mixed group of experts from both fields. It aims at informing decision makers who have adopted Citizen Science or Open Science on the synergies between these approaches and the benefits of considering them together.

IFLA — Libraries, Minority Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: IFLA contributes to an OHCHR call for inputs

The key theme of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is “Leaving No-one Behind”; the pandemic has highlighted the urgency of addressing disproportionate barriers and disparities that various minority groups are experiencing.

A missed deadline: the state of play of the Copyright Directive | Europeana Pro

About two years ago, the Copyright in the Digital Single Market (CDSM) Directive was adopted, obliging European Union Member States to ‘bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive by 7 June 2021’. On this date, we take a look at the progress of Member States, and at some of the policy choices they have made.

Informationsplattform Open Access: Life Sciences

In medicine and the life sciences, open access is particularly supported by mandates from research funders such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Wellcome Trust, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Calls for freer access to the results of research in medicine and the life sciences refer to the direct link between open access and public health, especially in the global South. Consequently, the World Health Organization (WHO) is also committed to promoting open access to the results of medical research, and operates IRIS, a repository for information sharing. Some research funders also provide publication platforms on which the results of the research that they fund can be published. Examples of such platforms include Wellcome Open Research and Gates Open Research. To comply with funding requirements, the published results of NIH-funded research must be made accessible in PubMed Central (PMC), the disciplinary repository for biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the NIH National Library of Medicine.

Förderung für Umstellung auf Diamant Open Access (Funding for transition to Diamond Open Access) | Informationsplattform Open Access

The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics is launching the Open Library Economics (OLEcon) pilot project to support academic journals in academic sponsorship. From 2021, this will support economics journals that are independent of publishers in their transition to an Open Access business model without author fees (Diamant Open Access). OLEcon provides transitional funding for the journals to make the switch and supports them in establishing sustainable funding. In addition, OLEcon offers the funded journals comprehensive advice on the transition to Diamant Open Access as well as an offer of journal hosting together with a cooperation partner.


Die ZBW  – Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft startet das Pilotprojekt Open Library Economics (OLEcon) zur Förderung von wissenschaftlichen Zeitschriften in akademischer Trägerschaft. Ab 2021 werden damit verlagsunabhängige wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Zeitschriften bei der Umstellung auf ein Open-Access-Geschäftsmodell ohne Autorengebühren (Diamant Open Access) unterstützt. OLEcon bietet den Zeitschriften eine Übergangsfinanzierung für den Wechsel und unterstützt beim Aufbau einer nachhaltigen Finanzierung. Zudem bietet OLEcon den geförderten Zeitschriften umfassende Beratung bei der Umstellung auf Diamant Open Access sowie ein Angebot des Journal Hosting zusammen mit einem Kooperationspartner.

Open-Access-Policy, Freie Universität Berlin

As part of its commitment to open access to scientific information and as a signatory of the “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities,” Freie Universität Berlin calls on all university members to publish the results of their research digitally in accordance with the open access principle without access restrictions.


Im Rahmen ihres Engagements für den freien Zugang zu wissenschaftlichen Informationen und als Unter-zeichnerin der „Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities“ fordert die Freie Universität Berlin alle Universitätsangehörigen auf, die Ergebnisse ihrer Forschung nach dem Open-Access-Prinzip ohne Zugriffsbeschränkungen digital zu veröffentlichen.

Forschungsdaten-Policy / Research Data Policy, Freie Universität Berlin

This policy covers both research-relevant analog data, documents and objects that are digitized in the course of research, and genuinely digital data, documents and objects (“born digital”) that are created during a research process and are the object or result of research. In addition, information that ensures the documentation, traceability and – depending on the field of research – reproducibility of the results (metadata) also counts as research data.

Gegenstand der vorliegenden Policy sind sowohl forschungsrelevante, im Forschungsverlauf zu digitalisieren-de analoge Daten, Dokumente und Objekte, sowie genuin digitale Daten, Dokumente und Objekte („born digi-tal“), die während eines Forschungsprozesses entstehen, Forschungsgegenstand oder -ergebnis sind. Darüber hinaus zählen hier auch solche Informationen als Forschungsdaten, die die Dokumentation, Nachvollziehbar-keit und – abhängig vom Forschungsgebiet – Reproduzierbarkeit der Ergebnisse gewährleisten (Metadaten).

Enabling smaller independent publishers to participate in Open Access transformative arrangements: a commitment from key stakeholders – ESAC Initiative

The ongoing transition of scholarly publishing to full and immediate Open Access is a process that requires all stakeholders to adapt.

Alignment amongst research funding organizations, publishers and research performing organizations – with their research communities, their libraries and library consortia – is particularly needed to enable smaller independent publishers to transition to open access publishing models. These publishers are highly valued by the research community for their activities in promoting excellence in research, for the scholarly communication services they provide, and for the key role they play in ensuring a diverse, open scholarly publishing landscape.

innOsci-Studie: Wie deutsche Politik offene Wissenschaft und Innovation fördern kann (innOsci study: How German politics can promote open science and innovation)

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“What can Germany learn from international science and innovation policy when it comes to promoting openness? This question is answered by the current study “Openness in international science and innovation policy” published by innOsci – the forum for an open culture of innovation in the Stifterverband.”

Open Science as a driver to change?

A webinar by Paola Chiara Masuzzo on open research practice and the need for change in the working culture of research presented as part of the ON-MERRIT project (2021-06-11).

Paola explores the need for a change in the culture of the research work place away from ‘research excellence’ which encourages bad practices and results in a mirriade of knock-on problems. In the Webinar Paola looks at what could replace this harmful culture with one that is more beneficial and instead, ‘built around the promotion of what is good for science, for scientists, and for society’.

Indikatoren fu?r Open Science: Report des Helmholtz Open Science Forum | GFZpublic

Ferguson, L. M., Pampel, H., Bertelmann, R., Dirnagl, U., Zohbi, J. E., Kapitza, D., Keup-Thiel, E., Konrad, U., Lorenz, S., Mittermaier, B., Rechid, D., Schuck-Zöller, S. (2021): Indikatoren fu?r Open Science: Report des Helmholtz Open Science Forum, (Helmholtz Open Science Briefing), Potsdam : Helmholtz Open Science Office, 12 p.

Abstract (via Open Access, Open Research Data and Open Research Software: These topics are shaping the current discussions on Open Science in the Helmholtz Association. But which indicators can be used to determine the cultural change towards Open Science? And what incentives do indicators provide for the development of Open Access? These and other questions were addressed by the virtual Helmholtz Open Science Forum under the motto “Indicators for Open Science” on January 20, 2021. In the course of the event, indicators for Open Science were presented, examined and discussed with a broad audience from the Helmholtz Association on the basis of impulse and practical presentations. This report summarizes the presentations and discussions of the forum and provides a basis for further developments of the topic area in the community.

Abstract: Open Access, Open Research Data und Open Research Software: Diese Themen prägen die aktuellen Diskussionen zu Open Science in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft. Doch an welchen Indikatoren lässt sich der Kulturwandel hin zu Open Science festmachen? Und welche Anreize setzen Indikatoren fu?r die Entwicklung von Open Access? Diesen und weiteren Fragen widmete sich das virtuelle Helmholtz Open Science Forum unter dem Motto „Indikatoren fu?r Open Science“ am 20. Januar 2021. Im Zuge der Veranstaltung wurden anhand von Impuls- und Praxisvorträgen Indikatoren fu?r Open Science vorgestellt, untersucht und mit einem breiten Publikum aus der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft diskutiert. Dieser Report fasst die Vorträge und Diskussionen des Forums zusammen und bietet eine Basis fu?r weitere Entwicklungen des Themenfeldes in der Gemeinschaft.

DEAL Praxis-Workshop: Erwerbung neu denken (DEAL workshop: rethinking acquisiton) – July 13, 2021 | DEAL Operations

Strategies and methods against the background of the OA transformation.

After the Commission on Acquisitions of the German Library Association took up the topic of Open Access and acquisitions in an informative series of events in the spring, we would now like to continue and deepen the dialogue. In a workshop, we will focus on acquisition principles as well as on methods of determining demand and budget allocation against the backdrop of the OA transformation in the scholarly journal market. For this purpose, we were able to win four speakers who will present their trend-setting approaches. The program of the online event will be rounded off with discussion rounds in breakout sessions. Register now!

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Strategien und Methoden vor dem Hintergrund der OA-Transformation

Nachdem die Kommission Erwerbung des Deutschen Bibliotheksverbandes im Frühjahr das Thema Open Access und Erwerbung in einer informativen Veranstaltungsreihe bereits aufgegriffen hat, möchten wir den Dialog nun fortsetzen und vertiefen. Im Rahmen eines Workshops blicken wir schwerpunktmäßig auf Erwerbungsgrundsätze sowie auf die Methoden der Bedarfsermittlung und Etatverteilung vor dem Hintergrund der OA-Transformation auf dem wissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenmarkt. Dafür konnten wir vier Referent*innen gewinnen, die uns ihre richtungsweisenden Ansätze vorstellen. Abgerundet wird das Programm der Online-Veranstaltung mit Diskussionsrunden in Breakout-Sessions. Melden Sie sich gleich an!