Open Science at HIIG

Open Science at HIIG

Opening up academia

Open science is an umbrella term for initiatives that aim to make academic research more accessible, inclusive, and transparent using digital technology. At the HIIG we are committed to open science since the very beginning – in research and in practice.

Our own in-house journals and blogs – the Internet Policy Review, Elephant in the Lab and Digital Society Blog – follow open science principles. As an institutional policy, we cover the costs for open access publications – accessible online free of charge and as free of technical and legal barriers as possible. Within our research program “Knowledge & society”, we conduct research on open infrastructures, open access business models and research integrity.

By open science, we also mean open to society. We therefore engage productively with stakeholders for our research through various outreach and event formats. Below we listed our current projects.

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Benedikt Fecher, Dr.

Head of Research Programme: Knowledge & Society

About HIIG

The HIIG researches the development of the internet from a societal perspective with the aim to better understand the digitalisation of all spheres of life.

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OPEN SCIENCE RESEARCH PROJECTS AT HIIG

DREAM (Digital Research Mining)

As part of the DREAM project, a mobile application is being developed that simplifies the search for scientific open access…

Pelagios

Pelagios Network: Linking the places of your past

Being able to link one document to another — and move easily between them — is one of the enabling…

Opening Science

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.

OPEN SCIENCE IN PRACTICE

ENGAGING IN SCIENCE

DIGITAL SOCIETY BLOG

Making sense of our connected world.

ELEPHANT IN THE LAB

Discussing bold ideas and critical thoughts on science: a blog journal on research (mal-) practices.

INTERNET POLICY REVIEW

Open Access peer-reviewed online journal on internet policy and regulation.

MAKING SENSE OF DIGITAL SOCIETY

Academic lecture series by HIIG and BPB with lecturers like Manuel Castells and Eva Illouz.

IMPACT SCHOOL

Summer school teaching impact to researchers in order to increase the social impact of science.

DIGITALER SALON

Monthly panel discussion on our connected society.

OPEN SCIENCE IN PRACTICE

OPEN SCIENCE PUBLICATIONS AT THE INSTITUTE

Selected Publications

Open Access, Innovation and Research Infrastructure

In this article we argue that the current endeavors to achieve open access in scientific literature require a discussion about innovation in scholarly publishing and research infrastructure. Drawing on path dependence theory and addressing different open access (OA) models and recent political endeavors, we argue that academia is once again running the risk of outsourcing the organization of its content.

Teach young scientists the importance of societal impact for research

Degree theses and university classes in academic publishing are generally structured with bibliometric output in mind because that is the main driver of tenure and promotion. They rarely touch on the merits of societal impact. This monotheistic evaluation of academic pursuits means that few faculty members make time for public outreach. Even new journals for applied excellence address a symptom of insufficient societal impact in research, not the cause.

Teach young scientists the importance of societal impact for research

Open Science: One term, five schools of thought

Open Science is an umbrella term encompassing a multitude of assumptions about the future of knowledge creation and dissemination. Based on a literature review, this chapter aims at structuring the overall discourse by proposing five Open Science schools of thought: The infrastructure school (which is concerned with the technological architecture), the public school (which is concerned with the accessibility of knowledge creation), the measurement school (which is concerned with alternative impact measurement), the democratic school(which is concerned with access to knowledge) and the pragmatic school (which is concerned with collaborative research).

Open Access One Term Five Schools of Thought

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