Playing the Open Science Game

ulbvelOn the occasion of the international Open Access Week 2019, 31 library staff from the Université libre de Bruxelles played the Open Science game : “Libérez la science!”. Six games of 5 to 6 players allowed the participants to learn or refine their knowledge on open access, data management, scientific publications, and even to discover the amount of ULB libraries’ annual budget allocated to the purchase of printed and electronic periodicals…

All participated enthusiastically and some consider that they will retain much more what they have learned while playing than by following a classical training session.

plaelThe game, created by the University of Huddersfield, translated into French by the University of Lille and enriched by the University of Reunion, has been adapted to the Belgian context by the Libraries of the ULB. In the form of a game of goose, participants are led to answer questions about Open Access, for example: what is Green Open Access, Gold Open Access? What is an embargo? Specific questions on the Open Access Decree of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and on the Open Access article of the Belgian law have been added, such as: which publications does the Decree cover? From what date does it come into force? The game has been completed with references to the Open Access policy of the Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles (ULB Press).

Building on this library success, the game has been proposed to the University Research administration Department, where new games are scheduled with research support staff. Sessions will also be organized for the researchers of the Faculty of Architecture during lunch time, and in the framework of a seminar on article publishing organized each year for the PhD students by the libraries.

The files of the game “Libérez la science!”, adapted to the Belgian context and to the ULB, are available under Creative Commons license on Zenodo ( https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3522126 ).

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Successful first Mini Open Science Fair ULB-VUB

On the occasion of the Open Access week 2019, the first Mini Open Science Fair jointly organized by ULB and VUB was held on October 23 in Brussels.open-science_white

45 researchers and support staff gathered to discuss Open Science practices, i.e. sharing research results as soon as possible in the research cycle to ensure their transparency, reproducibility and reusability.

The speakers shared their experience about tools they are using, underlining the pros and cons from their personal point of view: DMPonline.be, to create a data management plan very helpful to anticipate research data issues; the Open Science Framework, a platform enabling researchers to manage their projects, preregister their ideas and share their results, data and publications; GitHub, to store, share and collaborate on code, providing data analysis, metadata and user license; Zenodo, an open archive to share and ensure long term access and preservation of research data, providing a DOI to enable data citation; Publons, to give visibility to the peer review activity of researchers.

The SODA project was presented, which aims at creating a national data archive for social science in Belgium, based on the DataVerse tool to manage ingest and access to data.
Two systems of open peer review were discussed, one used by Frontiers, making the review interactive between authors and reviewers, and the other used by the Copernicus Publications platform, making the reviews publicly available, which was considered constructive, quick and efficient.

Some researchers also shared their experience of good practices of Open Science such as: sharing one’s research protocols from the start of the research project, providing transparency about the methodology; involving citizens in data collection, for transcribing historical documents; managing an interdisciplinary scientific open access journal, also aiming at being accessible to the large public.

The presentations gave rise to interesting discussions among researchers, pointing to the need for more information about sustainable open science tools.

Programme and presentations are available here.

Conference: The Future of Research: Assessing the Impact of Plan S

The bold ambition behind Plan S is to ensure that full open access to published research finally becomes a reality. Yet, what does it mean for the future of research? Join us for this event at KU Leuven on 5th-6th November 2019, where our distinguished panels of experts will debate the prospects for researchers, universities, learned societies, academies and publishers.

The conference is free and open to all, and includes a welcome reception at the historic University Library on the evening before the conference.

Date And Time:
Tue, 5 Nov 2019, 17:00 – Wed, 6 Nov 2019, 16:45 CET

Location:
The conference will take place at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven View Map
The welcome reception will take place at the KU Leuven University Library, Mgr. Ladeuzeplein 21, 3000 Leuven View map

Programme

Registration:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-research-assessing-the-impact-of-plan-s-tickets-60744650886

OpenAIRE Workshop on ‘Research policy monitoring in the era of Open Science and Big Data’ announced in Ghent.

A two-day workshop titled ‘Research policy monitoring in the era of Open Science and Big Data – The what (indicators) and the how (infrastructures)’, co-organised by OpenAIRE and Data4Impact, with support of Science Europe, will explore mechanisms for research policy monitoring and indicators, and how to link these to infrastructure and services. The first day will focus on open science indicators as these emerge from national and EU initiatives, while the second will be a forward thinking exploration for more advanced aspects of indicators for innovation and societal impact.WHEN – May 27-28th, 2019

WHERE – Het Pand, Ghent, Belgium
WHAT – A two day workshop exploring mechanisms for research policy monitoring and indicators: discussing the what ‘indicators’ and the how: infrastructure. This workshop is in collaboration with Data4Impact, with support of Science Europe.

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Launch of the European Open Science Cloud

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is officially launched today, 23 November 2018, during an event hosted by the Austrian Presidency of the European Union. The inauguration marks the conclusion of a long process of consultation and reflection with stakeholders led by the European Commission.

The event demonstrates the importance of EOSC for the advancement of research in Europe and introduces the new EOSC Portal.

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Recordings Open Access Week

During the international Open Access Week 2018, 5 webinars were organized by Belgian universities and Belspo.

You can find the recordings and some of the presentations here.

Open Peer Review

Introduction by Emilie Menz: slides Open Peer Review

Experiences of Open Peer Review at BMC by Axel Cleeremans: Slides

How to achieve OA to publications and books?

How to achieve FAIR data and good Research Data Management?

Introduction on research data management and FAIR data by Myriam Mertens: Slides introduction

Data sharing 101: a principled approach to transparency in (psychological) science by Olivier Klein (ULB): slides

ERC – consolidator grant – TransMid Towards Open Science by Niel Hens: slides

Boosting academic reputation with OA publications

Recordings Boosting Academic reputation with open access publications

Open Science Policy: funder requirements H2020, F.W.O., F.N.R.S. and Legal aspects in Belgium

Presentation by Emilie Hermans on EC, ERC, Belspo and FWO Open Science Requirements: Slides Open Science Policy

Presentation by Sandrine Brognaux: Slides policy F.N.R.S.

Presentation by Joris Deene on legal aspects and copyright:Slides Open Science Legislation