Presently, we see a fundamental change in how academic research is carried out:

  • Scientists cooperate independently of time and space.
  • Magazines and books no longer need to be physically printed, rather they can be made electronically available to a wide public (Open Access).
  • Altmetrics allows for new forms of assessing scientific output which also takes a works resonance in social media into account.
  • Researchers use new forms of communications, for example Scilogs, in order to disseminate their findings.
  • Citizens can have direct impact on research thanks to Citizen Science projects and Science Crowdfunding.

It seems as though the digitalisation of research is accompanied by a revision of established research practices and an opening of the research process. In the lead project Open Science we examine the mentioned changes.
Currently, we have two research foci:

Research Focus 1: The Exchange of Research Data in Academic Research

The exchange of research data is said to have an enormous potential for scientific progress: It allows the verification of results and the use of old data for new questions. Nevertheless, the exchange of research data is by far not an established practice.
Research questions:

  • Which factors impede and which foster the exchange of research data?
  • Which legal foundations regulate the sharing of research data?
  • How should online repositories be designed?

In this research project we cooperate with the German Institute for Economic Research (Berlin) and German National Library of Economics (Kiel). This research project is integrated into the Leibniz Forschugnsverbund 2.0.

If you have any questions, please contact: Benedikt Fecher.

Research Focus 2: The Impact of Online Tools on the Scientific Research Process

New digital technologies enable scientists to do new things and speed up the research process. International collaboration among scientists has gained a new dimension. The collaborative writing of scientific texts is technically supported by internet-based writing tools.
Research questions:

  • What impact do online tools have on the research process?
  • What role do online tools play in scientific collaboration?

If you have any questions, please contact: Kaja Scheliga.

Other activities

In addition to our current research, we engage in communicating about the topic of open science to an interested public:

If you have any questions, please contact: Sascha Friesike.

Journal Publications and Conference Proceedings:

Fecher, B., Friesike, S., & Hebing, M. (2015). What Drives Academic Data Sharing? PLOS ONE, 10(2). Publication details

Scheliga, K. (2015). Communication Forms and Digital Technologies in the Process of Collaborative Writing. Proceedings of the Second International Conference, INSCI 2015 Brussels, Belgium, May 27-29, 2015 Proceedings, LNCS 9089, 113-122. Publication details

Scheliga, K. (2015). Collaborative Writing in the Context of Science 2.0. i-KNOW '15. Publication details

Scheliga, K. (2014). Opening Science: New publication forms in science. GMS Medizin - Bibliothek - Information, 14(3). Publication details

Scheliga, K. & Friesike, S. (2014). Putting open science into practice: A social dilemma? First Monday, Volume 19(9). Publication details

Working Paper:

Fecher, B., Friesike, S., Hebing, M., Linek, S., & Sauermann, A. (2015). A Reputation Economy: Results from an Empirical Survey on Academic Data Sharing. DIW Berlin Discussion Paper, No. 1454. Publication details

Fecher, B., Friesike S. & Hebing, M. (2014). What drives academic data sharing? SOEPpapers, 655. Publication details

Other publications:

Scheliga, K. (2014). Open Science Interviews, Publication details

Lectures and Presentations:

Collaborative Writing in the Context of Science 2.0
i-KNOW '15 (Session: Collaborative Writing in the Context of Science 2.0). Know-Center GmbH. Messe Congress Graz, Graz, Austria: 22.10.2015

Kaja Scheliga

Die digitale Gesellschaft
Mediale Welten: Wissen, Information und Kommunikation im digitalen Umbruch (Session: Mediale Welten: Wissen, Information und Kommunikation im digitalen Umbruch). Akademienunion. Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin, Germany: 01.09.2015

Benedikt Fecher

Communication Forms and Digital Technologies in the Process of Collaborative Writing
2nd International Conference on Internet Science (Session: Internet and Innovation). European Network of Excellence in Internet Science. Flagey, Brussels, Belgium: 29.05.2015

Kaja Scheliga

Empirical Results on Academic Data Sharing
International Conference on Science 2.0 . Leibniz Forschungsverbund Science 2.0, Hamburg, Germany: 26.03.2015

Benedikt Fecher

Get Them Involved: Motivational Strategies of Citizen Science Platforms
General Online Research Conference . German Society for Online Research (DGOF). Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany: 19.03.2015

Kaja Scheliga

Offene Wissenschaft und Digitale Technologien in der Forschungspraxis
open TA-Workshop . open TA. Neue Mälzerei, Berlin, Germany: 25.02.2015

Kaja Scheliga

Offene Wissenschaft: Potenziale und Grenzen
Universität der Künste, Winterschool: Grenzwertig . Master-Studiengang Gesellschafts- und Wirtschaftskommunikation. Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany: 17.02.2015

Kaja Scheliga

Pfadabhängigkeiten des wissenschaftlichen Publizierens
Jahresversammlung des Verbands Bibliotheken des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. . vbnw. Stadtbüchereien Hamm - Zentralbibliothek, Hamm Westfalen, Germany: 11.12.2014

Benedikt Fecher

Basics for Conducting a Systematic Literature Review
Basics for Conducting a Systematic Literature Review . German Institute for Economic Research. DIW Berlin, Berlin, Germany: 10.12.2014

Invited researcher

Leibniz Science 2.0. Sharing Research Data in Academia. First Survey Results.
Research Data Alliance Europe . RDA Europe. Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam, Germany: 21.11.2014

Benedikt Fecher

Umgang mit und Nachnutzung von Forschungsdaten
SowiDataNet . Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Berlin, Deutschland: 23.06.2014

Benedikt Fecher

The social dilemma of putting the idea of open science into practice
Science 2.0 Conference . Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0. Riverside, Hamburg, Germany: 26.03.2014

Kaja Scheliga

The social dilemma of putting the idea of open science into practice
General Online Research Conference . German Society for Online Research (DGOF). Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany: 06.03.2014

Kaja Scheliga