Open Science Days 2017

The Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) cordially invites you to participate in the Open Science Days 2017.

The event will take place at the Harnack House in Berlin and is going to extend over one and a half days (October 16/17).

Last year we examined the issue of Citizen Science in its various forms and impacts.

For the upcoming event we have chosen to focus on a topic which has been immensely popular among information specialists in recent years: Open Research Data

Since this issue has been widely discussed at numerous conferences or workshops dealing with Open Science for quite some time now, one could think, that there’s not much new to learn? We would like to review and take stock of the preliminary development and discussion so far:

  • Does the practice of Open Research Data deliver significant benefits for researchers at all?
  • Is there even any remarkable re-use of the existing amount of data already available on various platforms today?
  • Which lessons can be drawn from success stories as well as from stories of ‘failure’?
  • Do we see that the topic has truly arrived in regular research and teaching?

 

Apart from the Open Access movement, this probably is the most prominent area of Open Science right now. The striving for freely accessible research data is based on different motivations:

  • The reproducibility of research could allow the prevention of fraud – to a much greater extent than it is possible today.
  • The availability of research output produced by their colleagues can prevent researchers from investing valuable resources into certain steps that have already been done.
  • The published data sets may become the basis for completely new research activity – even beyond disciplinary borders.
  • Open Research Data also opens up new potential for re-use by members of the economy.
  • The broad availability of research data may help to include citizens in the research process (Citizen Science) and thus, to raise awareness and acceptance within the society.

Research funders and publishers have begun to implement mandates or at least recommendations concerning the publication of data. Thus, the topic of Open Research Data will in any case become relevant for a growing number of researchers in the upcoming years.

 

Participants will have the opportunity to present their own ideas, experiences, initiatives or activities and to discuss current topics related to Open Research Data. Aside from the mentioned thematic priority, there will also be talks and room for discussion on current developments concerning further areas of Open Science.

The conference language will be English. The participation fee is 100 € and the number of participants is limited to 60 persons.