Benedikt Fecher, Dr.

Since 2017, Benedikt Fecher has headed the “Learning, Knowledge, Innovation” research programme at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. The programme addresses issues at the interfaces of science and digitisation and education and digitisation. Benedikt is also co-editor of the blog journal Elephant in the Lab, which critically examines the scientific system. He is also a member of the editorial board of Publications, an open access journal. In his research, Benedikt deals with questions concerning the governance of science and innovation, in particular with the topics of impact and third mission, open science/open access and research infrastructures.

In 2017, Benedikt was awarded his doctorate by the UdK Berlin. In his doctoral thesis, he dealt with the preconditions for the open provision and reuse of research data in academic research. During his time as a doctoral candidate, he was involved in establishing a research data repository in his capacity as an employee of DIW Berlin. From 2012 to 2017, he was also a research associate in the “Open Science” lead project at HIIG, which received an award for being an “outstanding place in the Land of Ideas” in 2016 from Deutsche Bank and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In 2016, Benedikt was also scientific adviser on the topics of open access, research data and libraries at the Leibniz Association and DARIAH-DE Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

Benedikt Fecher

Position

Head of Research Project: Knowledge Dimension

Contact

benedikt.fecher@hiig.de
T. +49(0)30 2007-6082

Relevant Publications
Conference contributions and other activities
Relevant Publications

Books

Fecher, B. (2018). Eine Reputationsökonomie. Der Wert der Daten in der akademischen Forschung. Wiesbaden, Hessen: Springer VS. Publication details

Journal articles and conference proceedings

Mueller-Langer,F., Fecher, B., Harhoff, D., Wagner, G.G. (2018). Replication studies in economics—How many and which papers are chosen for replication, and why? Elsevier. Publication details

Fecher, B., & Sokolovska, N. (2018). Medien, Politik, Wirtschaft – wer profitiert von eurer Forschung? wissenschaftskommunikation.de. Publication details

Friesike, S., Fecher, B., & Wagner, G.G. (2018). Teach young scientists the importance of societal impact for research. nature international journal of science. Publication details

Fecher, B., Friesike, S., Hebing, M., & Linek, S. (2017). A reputation economy: how individual reward considerations trump systemic arguments for open access to data. Palgrave Communications, 3. Publication details

Linek, S. B., Fecher, B., Friesike, S., & Hebing, M. (2017). Data sharing as social dilemma: Influence of the researcher’s personality. PLoS ONE, 12(8). Publication details

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. (2016). “Mehr Licht” Offenheit muss sich lohnen. Laborjournal Online. Publication details

Scheliga, K., Friesike, S., Puschmann, C., & Fecher, B. (2016). Setting up crowd science projects. Public Understanding of Science, 1-20. Publication details

Fecher, B. & Wagner, G. (2016). Open Access, Innovation, and Research Infrastructure. Publications, 4(2). Publication details

Fecher, B. & Wagner, G. (2016). A research symbiont. Science, 351(6280), 1405-1406. Publication details

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

Fecher, B. & Puschmann, C. (2015). Über die Grenzen der Offenheit in der Wissenschaft – Anspruch und Wirklichkeit bei der Bereitstellung und Nachnutzung von Forschungsdaten. Information - Wissenschaft & Praxis, 66(2-3), 146–150. Publication details

Fecher, B. & Friesike, S. (2014). Sharing Data in Academia. International Conference on Infrastructures and Cooperation in e-Science and e-Humanities. Publication details

Fecher, B. & Friesike, S. (2013). Open Science: One Term, Five Schools of Thought. RatSWD Working Paper Series. Publication details

Edited works

Fecher, B., Schulz, W., Preiß, K., & Schildhauer, T. (2016). Schlüsselressource Wissen: Lernen in einer digitalisierten Welt. Berlin: Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft im Auftrag des Bundesverband der deutschen Industrie (BDI) und der Internet Economy Foundation (IE.F). Publication details

Book contributions and chapters

Friesike, S. & Fecher, B. (2016). Crowd Science: Forschung im digitalen Zeitalter. In Gassmann, O. & Sutter, P. (Eds.), Digitale Transformation im Unternehmen gestalten: Geschäftsmodelle Erfolgsfaktoren Fallstudien Handlungsanweisungen (pp. 135-146). München: Carl Hanser Verlag. Publication details

Friesike, S. & Fecher, B. (2016). Collaboration, participation and transparency: the promise of digitizing academic research. In Olleros, F. X. & Zhegu, M. (Eds.), Research Handbook on Digital Transformations (pp. 121-134). Cheltenham (UK) / Northampton (US): Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. Publication details

Fecher, B., Stumpp, S. (2014). Themenrecherche, Aufbereitung und Vermarktung – Wie kann Open Journalism funktionieren? In Taube, M., Woznicki, K., Komplizen - Wie können Hacker und Journalisten, Piraten und Kapitalisten, Amateure und Profis zusammenarbeiten?. Germany: iRights Media. Publication details

Fecher, B. & Friesike, S. (2013). Open Science: One Term, Five Schools of Thought. In Bartling, S. & Friesike (Eds.), Opening Science (pp. 17-47). New York, NY: Springer. Publication details

Working paper

Fecher, B., Leimüller G., & Blümel, C. (2018). Das Potenzial strategischer Öffnung. Zukunft des deutschen Wissenschafts- und Innovationssystems. Stifterverband. Publication details

Kobsda, C., Schmidt, M., & Fecher, B. (2017). Authorship revised. Making a compromise between 2.1 and 1.268. Elephant in the lab. Publication details

Schmidt, M., Fecher, B., & Kobsda, C. (2017). Factory science: How many authors does it really need to write a paper? Elephant in the lab. Publication details

Wagner, G. G., Mueller-Langer, F., Harhoff, D., & Fecher B. (2017). The Economics of Replication. Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper No. 17-03. Publication details

Fecher, B., Fräßdorf, M., & Wagner, G. (2016). Perceptions and Practices of Replication by Social and Behavioral Scientists: Making Replications a Mandatory Element of Curricula Would Be Useful. DIW Berlin Diskussionspapier, 1572. Publication details

Fecher, B. & Wagner, G. (2016). Flipping Journals to Open: Rethinking Publishing Infrastructure. DIW Berlin Diskussionspapier, 1533. Publication details

Fecher, B. & Wagner, G. (2015). Flipping journals to open: Rethinking publishing infrastructure. The RatSWD Working Paper Series. Publication details

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? Working Paper Series des Rates für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten, No. 236. Publication details

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

Other publications

Fecher, B., Friesike, S., Peters, I., & Wagner, G. (2017). Rather than simply moving from “paying to read” to “paying to publish”, it’s time for a European Open Access Platform. LSE Impact Blog. Publication details

Fecher, B. & Bartling, S. (2016). Could Blockchain provide the technical fix to solve science’s reproducibility crisis? LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog. Publication details

Fecher, B. & Bartling, S. (2016). Wie Blockchain die Wissenschaft verbessern könnte. iRights Blog. Publication details

Fecher, B. & Kaiser, J. (2015). Collapsing Ivory Towers? A hyperlink analysis of the German academic blogosphere. The Impact Blog. Publication details

Fecher, B., Frisike S., Hebing, M., Linek S., & Sauermann A. (2015). Academia is a reputation economy — data-sharing policies should take incentives into account. The Impact Blog. Publication details

Fecher, B., Frisike S., Hebing, M., & Linek S. (2015). Reputation instead of obligation: forging new policies to motivate academic data sharing. The Impact Blog. Publication details

Fecher, B. & Wagner, G. (2015). Flipping journals to open: Rethinking publishing infrastructure in light of Lingua/Glossa case. The Impact Blog. Publication details

Fecher, B. (2014). The great potential of citizen science: restoring the role of tacit knowledge and amateur discovery. The Impact Blog. Publication details

Fecher, B. (2014). Academic publishing can free itself from its outdated path dependence by looking to alternative review mechanisms. The Impact Blog. Publication details

Fecher, B. & Friesike, S. (2013). Open Science: digging deeper into the assumptions that underpin openness and Web 2.0. The Impact Blog. Publication details

Fecher, B. (2013). Themenrecherche, Aufbereitung und Vermarktung: Wie kann Open Journalism funktionieren? Berliner Gazette - Kultur, Politik und Digitales. Publication details

Conference contributions and other activities

Lectures and presentations

Open Access und die Governance von Forschungsinfrastruktur
Open Access Week 2018. Thüringer Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Digitale Gesellschaft (TMWWDG). Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar, Germany: 24.10.2018 Further information

Benedikt Fecher

Open access is gaining ground – it's time to talk about the infrastructure
FORCE2018. McGill University, Montréal, Canada: 12.10.2018 Further information

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Offene Wissenschaft in der Soziologie: Was können wir? Wohin wollen wir?
DGS Kongress 2018. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie. Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany: 27.09.2018 Further information

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Open Access: Eine Frage der Infrastruktur
16. KOBV-Forum 2018: Von Openness, Schranken und Veränderungen. KOBV-Zentrale. Takustraße 7, Berlin, Germany: 27.06.2018

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Berliner Bibliothekswissenschaftliches Kolloquium. Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaften, Berlin, Germany: 24.06.2018

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Mapping the way to a public open access infrastructure
FORCE11 – The Future of Research Communication and e-Scholarship. Force11, Berlin, Germany: 26.10.2017

Benedikt Fecher, Tony Ross-Hellauer

Open Science in Practice
Open Science Evening Talks. Rolex Learning Center, Lausanne, Switzerland: 25.09.2017

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The path-dependence of academic value creation: Impact, infrastructure, and innovation in academic publishing
Open Science Fair. Greek National Library, Athens, Greece: 06.09.2017

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Altmetrics: Trends in Research and ways to meet them
International Open Science Conference 2017. Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0. NH Collection, Berlin, Germany: 21.03.2017

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Publishing and the Limits of Openness
Philosophy and History of Open Science #PHOS16 (Session: Session 5: Academic communities). HELDIG: Hel­sinki Centre for Di­gital Hu­man­it­ies. University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finnland: 01.12.2016

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Data Management in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften
VfS-Jahrestagung 2016: "Demographischer Wandel". Verein für Socialpolitik. Universität Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany: 04.09.2016

Benedikt Fecher

Eine Geschichte des wissenschaftlichen Publizierens
Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (Session: Wissenschaft im Kurzformat). Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. HIIG, Berlin, Germany: 11.06.2016

Benedikt Fecher

Perspectives on Academic Data Sharing
ICONECSS (Session: Science 2.0 and Open Science Practices). ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. Schleswig-Holstein Representative Office to the Federal Government, Berlin, Germany: 20.04.2016

Benedikt Fecher

Bereitstellung und Nachnutzung von Forschungsdaten in den Geisteswissenschaften: Potentiale der Sekundärnutzung in den Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften
FORGE Konferenz 2015. Universität Hamburg. Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany: 17.09.2015

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Chancen und Grenzen des Offenen Zugangs zu Forschungsdaten
VfS-Jahrestagung 2015 (Session: Ökonomische Entwicklung - Theorie und Politik). Verein für Sozialpolitik. University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany: 06.09.2015

Benedikt Fecher

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

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Data Availability and Reuse – Results of An Empirical Study Among German Researchers
The 6th Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA). The organizing committee - Bart Meuleman, Annelies Blom, Eldad Davidov, Gudbjorg Andrea Jonsdottir, Nick Allum, Patrick Sturgis. University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland: 13.07.2015

Benedikt Fecher, Marcel Hebing, Sascha Frisike

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

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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

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

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Panels

Inklusive Wissenschaft: zum Für und Wider von Open Science und Citizen Science
Universitätsdiskurs Austria 2018: Wissenschaft | Kunst | Gesellschaft im Gespräch. Österreichische Universitätenkonferenz (uniko). TU Wien, Vienna, Austria: 11.09.2018 Further information

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Organisation of events

Impact School 2018: Science Transfer in the 21st Century
From 17.09.2018 to 19.09.2018. Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin, Deutschland (International) Further information

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Finding the essence. Businesses facilitating knowledge transfer
From 17.09.2018 to 17.09.2018. Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin, Deutschland (International) Further information

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The future of Open Access in Germany
From 13.08.2018 to 13.08.2018. Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin, Deutschland (International) Further information

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Meetup: Understanding the impact of science
From 11.06.2018 to 11.06.2018. Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin, Deutschland (International) Further information

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Participation as expert

Innovative research infrastructures
Open research: rethinking scientific collaboration Vortrag zu innovativen Forschungsinfrastrukturen bei der Konferenz "Open Research: rethinking scientific collaboration" Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada: 28.03.2018

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Media appearances

Experte spricht zu Open Access (24.10.2018). Thüringer Allgemeine
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Wie Forscher die Zahl ihrer Publikationen künstlich nach oben treiben (10.07.2017). Berliner Zeitung
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Eine Elefantenherde im Labor (21.07.2017). TAZ
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Spitzenmediziner schaffen ein Paper pro Woche !? (21.07.2017). Laborjournal Blog
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Der Elefant im Labor (29.07.2017). Radioeins
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"Elephant in the lab" - Bewertungssysteme für wissenschaftliche Publikationen (09.11.2017). Deutschlandfunk Kultur
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Warum Elsevier das "Forscher-Facebook'" Researchgate verklagt (02.11.2017). Deutschlandfunk
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Wissenschaftsgespräche: Wie digital sind wir? (09.11.2016). Techtag
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Open Access oder: die Zurückeroberung der Autonomie (03.11.2016). Merton
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Wie Blockchain die Wissenschaft verbessern könnte (06.09.2016). iRights
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«Data-Sharing» in der Wissenschaft «Wissenschaft ist eine Reputationsökonomie» (22.07.2015). Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ)
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«Data-Sharing» in der Wissenschaft Die Daten der anderen (22.07.2015). Neue Zürcher Zeitung
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