Open Science Days 2019

The Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) cordially invites you to participate in the Open Science Days 2019.

The event will take place at the Harnack House in Berlin and is going to extend over one and a half days (February 05/06).

At this event we have chosen to focus on: Research Software

As a result of the digital transformation, various forms of research software today play a vital part in the daily research routine of many disciplines.

Now what has this exactly got to do with Open Science?

Looking at the mentioned essential role of software in today’s research processes, it would be careless to ignore this factor when it comes to questions of transparency, traceability or reproducibility of research – key aspects of the Open Science discussion.

With a view to good scientific practice, it seems obvious that there’s a need for some kind  of Open Research Software – preferably in accordance with the well-known FAIR principles.

This topic has certainly been taken up already: Within the discussions around Open Science, the issue of Research Software is increasingly moving to the foreground. One example may be the actual “Recommendations on the Development, Use and Provision of Research Software” by the Alliance of German Science Organisations.

One interesting aspect of this topic is, that it relates to a wider group of stakeholders:

  • A large proportion of researchers are using software in their operations.
  • Many of them also develop and provide software by themselves.
  • Research managers have to deal with a number of challenges resulting from the growing significance of academic software for the processes at their institutions.
  • Infrastructure facilities need to adapt their services to new requirements in connection with software development and software publication.

A lot of key issues in this field still seem to be unanswered:

There’s a clear need for standards, platforms, defined processes or firmly established communication channels and networks.

Personnel planning needs to ensure long term financing, education and training of staff involved in software processes.

The documentation of software usage and its citation is not yet working properly on a broad scale.

What is the concrete role of Open Source Software in this context – as not necessariliy the total amount of research software is and needs to be Open Source?

How can providers of research software develop cost-covering business models?

Another issue is the question, how to guarantee Openness in the long rung seeing the practice of takeovers of established open services and products by commercial providers.

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

The conference language will be English and the participation fee is 100 €.