In alignment with our lead research project “Open Science”, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society joined the Leibniz Association, 22 other Institutes and Wikimedia Deutschland to form the research network “Science 2.0”. Its objective is to investigate the research challenges related to Science 2.0. Over the course of the next ten years, the network will adopt a highly interdisciplinary research approach to find relevant answers to the challenges around Open Science and new communication strategies as well as working environments for researchers in the digital age.
From the Press Release by the ZBW:
Scholars increasingly use wikis, blogs, video blogs and other collaborative web technologies to share findings, datasets and theoretical concepts online. Are these useful tools or a shortlived hype? How does the internet with its new possibilities, in particular the Social web and semantic technologies, change the working habits of reseachers? How can Web 2.0 applications support existing and traditional research processes? How can social media innovate today’s research processes?
In order to investigate these socially pertinent questions thoroughly and with uncompromising quality, the ZBW has initiated a consortium of 15 Leibniz institutes and nine other institutions (universities and Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.) that will use the next years for an interdisciplinary approach to a joint and comprehensive analysis of Science 2.0. The first foreign institutions have already expressed their interest in a possible collaboration.
The term Science 2.0 encompasses the rise of entirely different and primarily digital means of participation, communication, collaboration and discourse in the research and publishing processes. ZBW director Tochtermann explains: “The use of social media in companies has been a subject of investigation for years. Social media are widely used within the scientific community nowadays, but surprisingly this has not been based on systematic and interdisciplinary research or even been the subject of concomitant research. This is where the multidisciplinary Research Network Science 2.0 comes in. We are looking for the key to a completely innovated research and publishing support that would not even be possible without social media.
The research network is anchored in the Leibniz Association and vigorously promoted by member institutes of the Leibniz Association.
Website of the Network www.leibniz-science20.de