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Open Science Resources & Tools

Explore the practical open science resources and tools offered by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) to support open science projects. Our aim is to facilitate collaboration and provide research-based recommendations and best practices for conducting research in alignment with open science principles.

The Open Access representative of the HIIG, Marcel Wrzesinski, is always available for questions on open science. In addition, there are regular workshops on open science and open access at the HIIG.




Marcel Wrzesinski

Project lead "ELADOAH" and Open Access Officer


Explore HIIG’s approach to providing a unique perspective on open science.

Open Science FAQs for Authors

There are practical and political reasons for publishing Open Access (OA). From a practical point of view, the free availability of one's own publications leads to a broader reception; and the more widely one's own work is received, the greater the expected impact. For this reason alone, it is advisable to place at least a proportion of one's own publications in Open Access journals and book series.

However, the political reasons set out in many of the founding documents (e.g. the Budapest Declaration of 2002) of the OA movement seem to be more important: Making scientific results available for free re-use is a self-commitment within the framework of good scientific practice; making this re-use free of charge for readers* is an imperative of fairness. Both points are all the more important because electronic access to and availability of scientific literature is the new publishing standard.

Open Science FAQs for Research Projects

Most research funding bodies, especially public ones, have recognized the relevance of OA publishing and have implemented corresponding mandatory or mandatory provisions in their funding regulations. Important public research funders in Germany, such as the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), do not have an obligation to publish OA, but do have a clear requirement to publish project-related research results in OA. Both the DFG and the BMBF offer flat-rate project payments to fund OA publications. In addition, both the European Research Council and the European Commission (in the context of Horizon 2020) emphasize the importance of making publications and research data available in open access.

In a broader, international context, overarching initiatives have emerged to develop contemporary strategies for OA transformation for research funding as a key stakeholder. An example of this is the cOAlition S and its guidelines: in the so-called Plan S, 10 principles are set out, supplemented by detailed implementation guidelines. These principles make, for example, free licenses, fair publication fees and a 100 percent OA publication quota mandatory for participating institutions.


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Open higher education

We explore the use of open higher education & edtech to create, share and disseminate knowledge for all in our knowledge society.

Open Science Reading Resources

On our blog, we are explore and analyse open science concepts, ideas and policy making within the European context and beyond.

Open Access, but not for free: Resilient financing for academic publishing

Open access publishing does cost money too. But if the reader does not pay, who else is? Modes of community publishing and funding provide answers and hint towards a crucial set of values for academic exchange. Several research projects follow-up on this and work on practical solutions.

Free technologies for the whole world to use – why open source hardware is in the public interest

Open source hardware (OSH) is an essential approach to public interest technology, not unlike well-maintained infrastructure. While OSH is a field with a range of challenges, we see tremendous potential for societal benefits, but it also needs support.

Open access: critical mass

Marcel Wrzesinski has been Open Access Officer at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society for almost a year. The seasoned journal editor who’s been in academic publishing for about…

Open Access Publishing | HIIG

Open access futures: time to push for scholar-led publishing

What is the cost of quality in open access (OA) publishing? And who should profit from open access? At this point in the OA-transformation, the position of scholar-led journals is…

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Is Open Science a tautology?

In our blog series on metaphors of the digital society, we uncover the vocabularies that are thrown around almost haphazardly these days. These terms are often deployed in the scholarly and…

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What kind of open access future do we want?

Open access debates are increasingly focused on “how” rather than “why”. Tony Ross-Hellauer and Benedikt Fecher present two possible scenarios for an open access future, consider the relative merits and…

External Open Science Resources

FAQs zu Open Access der DFG

Open-Access-Strategie des BMBF

Allgemeine Informationen des deutschsprachigen Informationsportals zu Open Access

Informationsseite des HIIG zum Thema Open Science

Infoseite des Internet Policy Review zu Open access

Open Education and Software Association e.V.

Hamburg Open Online University

Digitale Lehre am KIT

OER Repositorien

Bildungsserver Berlin Brandenburg

UNESCO Recommendations on Open Science

UNESEO Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER)

UNESEO Understanding the Impact of OER: Achievements and Challenges Publication

Open Science Framework

LMU Open Science Center Resources

Reproducibility Network Resources

OER Info Grafik