Please save the date for the next Open Science Retreat September 10-11, 2024.

“Reproducible Research and Open Science”

Data and technology sovereignty is a precious commodity in science. However, the development of institutional infrastructures comes at a high price in terms of time: To reach the broadest possible consensus lengthy coordination processes are necessary to develop and introduce such infrastructures. On the other hand, commercial providers such as Elsevier, OpenAI or Amazon Web Services can develop such services according to their strategies in a much shorter time which are readily used by scientists. However, restrictions on data and technological sovereignty seem to be accepted by the users.

“The good, patient science system and the agile but evil commercial providers?” No! We deliberately want to move away from black and white thinking and focus on how academia and commercial providers can cooperate successfully when it comes to the development and operation of infrastructures:

  • How could collaboration between commercial and institutional partners be designed to connect the best of both worlds?
  • What could the division of labour and roles look like?
  • How can Open Science, with Open Infrastructures/Interfaces and Open Source Software, help to resolve these tensions between agility and usability on the one hand, and sustainability and sovereignty on the other hand?

We are thrilled to invite you to an engaging and thought-provoking virtual event that aims to delve deep into the heart of this issue and to highlight the effects Open Science may have in this equation. 

The OSR will kick off with insightful keynote statements of distinguished experts from the institutional and commercial sector. The following interactive discussions shall focus on sharing experiences of best practices and lessons learnt, and on identifying ways to solve the addressed challenges. 

Our next topic is

“Reproducible Research and Open Science”
Date: 10 & 11 September 2024
More information will follow.

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ZBW Open Science Engagement

The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics ( presents its activities in Open Science: a triad of research, engagement and development for Open Science.

  • The ZBW does research in the area of Open Science, in particular in computer and information science, in media science and digital economics.
    It wants to strengthen the commercial independence of, and excellence in, the science system. The ZBW wants to enable easy and quick access to scientific findings, publications and data.
  • The ZBW is an active player in science policy, nationally and internationally, to implement Open Science.
  • At the same time, the ZBW actively builds this Open Science ideal by developing and integrating new technologies that enable access and remove barriers.