Online technologies hold great promise for academic research. Scholars can connect and exchange data through repositories. New tools, such as web crawlers or reference managers, enrich methodologies and have the capacity to facilitate research, and scholarly publishing is increasingly moving online where alternative formats for communication, such as blogs, emerge. At the same time, new expectations regarding the accessibility of scholarly content grow.

The research project Opening Science investigates the impact that the Internet has on scholarly practices and how online technologies can be used to make research more accessible. It deals with topics such as academic data sharing, collaborative writing, and citizen science. Besides publishing in traditional journals and blogging about the research, news on the the topic are published on the project’s website. In 2015 the project won the prize at the Germany – Land of Ideas – competition.

In the future, the aim is to expand our research and examine the knowledge transfer between academia and actors from industry, civil society, and politics.

Duration since 2013
Förderer self-funding

Journal Publications and Conference Proceedings:

Fecher, B., Fräßdorf, M., Hebing, M., & Wagner, G. G. (2017). Replikationen, Reputation und gute wissenschaftliche Praxis. Information - Wissenschaft & Praxis, 68(3). Publication details

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