Scholars have long become accustomed to using search engines or network-based services. And yet the developments in technology do not stop there. In many academic disciplines, the web has profoundly changed the way in which research is conducted. It is becoming increasingly apparent that tomorrow’s science will be collaborative digital science, representing far-reaching change.
The aim of the Open Science Lab (OSL) of the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) is to provide constructive support to scholars in solving the complex challenges arising from this change.
Fields of Work
We see ourselves as an “incubator” for new ideas for advancing the research infrastructure, which is why we test and advance methods and tools that are useful to researchers in close cooperation with scientific communities. One example of such tools are platforms on which scientific projects (software, data, texts) can “live”, akin to open source software. In other words, they can be read and analysed via the platform – and may be used and refined for different purposes by anyone interested in the topic.
Such platforms are an example of the potential that social software offers scientists. At the same time, such platforms vividly represent a work style called open collaboration. In our current project ‘Book Sprint #CoScience at CeBIT 2014’ we aim to demonstrate how quality-assured academic literature can be written and published on a collaborative platform. The sea change in the world of science also includes the way in which research results (including primary data) are made public. Open access publishing is the key word in this respect. Developments in this field are another focal area of our work.
In our opinion, the potential offered by research information systems will only have been adequately utilised when standardised and open data have been published. Consequently, information would also be available across institutions – for example by developing services for entire specialist communities that build on this data . The value-creation chain that can emerge through standards and tools such as VIVO is a great incentive for research institutions of any size to agree upon common standards and policies for open data.