A first Online Open Science Deans meeting; Thursday, August 27

On August 27th we organized a first online meeting for Deans as one of the online sessions we organize in the months leading up to February 11th, 2021, the postponed date for the National Open Science Festival.

The overall goal of the online session was to connect deans working in different university contexts and in different stages of creating open science working environments. To inspire each other to take the next steps in their specific academic context, and to discuss Open Science in a few informal conversations in breakout groups. The main theme of the breakout conversations was how the faculties address expectations regarding Open Science coming from universities, governments and society at large.

21 Deans attended this meeting that was moderated by Marco de Niet from Leiden University, together with Karel Luyben, the National Coordinator Open Science. Nora van der Wenden director of the department of Research and Science Policy at the ministry of Education, Culture and Science attended the meeting on behalf of the minister of OCW, Ingrid van Engelshoven.    

The discussions in the breakout groups ranged from the importance of the rewards and recognition system in the Open Science culture change, the link to overall ambitions, technological possibilities, ethical and legal challenges to societal challenges in times of COVID 19. The fact that there is no extra money available for the transition to open science, where transitions are always costly was also discussed, and so was the need for solid international infrastructures.

Overall the meeting was received as a successful step in converging efforts towards open science in the Netherlands. We are hoping to take this forward during a live Open Science Festival meeting or in another online meeting in 2021.

Info about the winners of the Use Case Awards

The first online session in the months leading up to the National Open Science Festival, on July 2nd,   focused on the winners of the Open Science Use Case Awards.

The publication A Collection of Use Cases, which includes nine Use Cases, is available on Zenodo .

The Open Science Awards recognize researchers or research students who have used Open Science to make their research more accessible, transparent or reproducible. In the spirit of openness a call for Use Cases was published allowing all researchers and Phd students from Dutch universities, UMC’s and research institutes to submit their use case. The call was looking for use cases that explored challenges and difficulties as well as positive experiences and successful outcomes.

The programme committee awarded the following  inspiring use cases:

A webtool for interactive data visualization and data sharing

Joachim Goedhart, Przemek Krawczyk and Martijn S. Luijsterburg, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam; Amsterdam University Medical Centers; Leiden University Medical Center

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included: a “well explained use case” about “a small but interesting step towards the overall goal”.

Open science and open data for human factors research

Pavlo Bazilinskyy and Joost de Winter, Delft University of Technology

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included: “This is a great initiative that is open, transparent for researchers and the general public. A great approach for the greater involvement of citizen science, with the potential of finding links between technical and engineering research and humanities and social sciences.”

Open science practices in Majorana research

André Melo, Sebastian Rubbert and Anton Akhmerov, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience; Delft University of Technology

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included: “This research project was conducted in an open fashion which allowed other teams to reproduce their results during a ReproHack event. It shows a very compelling case of the importance and value of Open Science.”

Studies of Populations of Individual Birds (SPI-Birds) Network and Database

Antica Culina, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included: “The fact that this project took off as well as it did shows that there was a great need for collaboration” and “The SPI-birds use case shows a project in which data sharing has helped accelerate scientific discovery. It also shows that some individuals/groups are still reluctant to fully share their data”

cBiT: The Compendium for Biomaterial Transcriptomics

Dennie Hebels and Jan de Boer, Maastricht University; Technical University Eindhoven

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included:

” A clear description of an Open Science use case: written from the OS angle. It is ‘only’ about PID’s and standards, but it is an inspirational story.”

And a special Encouragement Award is given to:

The Student Initiative for Open Science (SIOS)

Myrthe Veeman, Karoline Huth, Maike Dahrendorf and Lea Schumacher, University of Amsterdam

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included:

“This is not the specific type of use case we asked for, but a great example of what can be organised with limited resources” and “The enthusiastic group of 11 students has started an extensive website and organised a number of events for students. It is an important achievement that a larger group of future researchers becomes familiar with open science concepts, additionally to the curriculum of the university itself.”

The five use case winners, plus the special encouragement award winner will receive a prize of €250.

The first online session leading up to the Open Science Festival is on July 2nd 15:30

The current COVID-19 situation has led the organising committee to the decision that the National Open Science Festival will not take place on 27 August 2020 but on  February 11th, 2021 instead.

In order to keep in touch with all  interested in Open Science developments in the Netherlands, we will organise five online sessions in the months leading up to the Festival. 

In this first online session, which will be on July 2nd, we focus on the winners of the Open Science Use Case Awards.

You can find more information and the registration for this session here.

Opening up COVID-19 crisis related resources

We are setting up a network of different partners in the Netherlands to support research and education on aspects of the Covid-19 crisis.  One of the first actions of this network is to set up a web page on www.openaccess.nl with:

1. Research outputs from different Dutch universities that university libraries are putting together;

2 Guidance on how to make your COVID-19 related research outputs openly available as quickly as possible.

Next to that we are also looking into guidance on data sharing, and collective action towards -or together with- publishers to ensure that as many relevant resources as possible can be shared.

If you want to help, or if you would like to receive more info about this initiative, please contact us viainfo@accelerateopenscience.nl

National Open Science Festival

Save the Date! 

When: August 27th 2020

Where: Campus Wageningen University & Research

What: National Open Science Festival #OSF2020NL

Open Call submission deadlines: 10 March 2020

Notification of acceptance or rejection: 31 March 2020

Registration opens: 2 April 2020


Meet | Share | Inspire | Care

The National Open Science Festival provides researchers the opportunity to learn about the benefits of different Open Science practices. It is a place to meet peers that are already working openly or that are interested to start doing so.  Key to this day is sharing knowledge and best practices. 

Call for Sessions  and the Open Science Awards open on Feb 1st

In organizing the National Open Science Festival, the program committee welcomes input from researchers in developing the programme for the day.  The call for Sessions opens on Feb 1st.  The programme committee particularly invites proposals for sessions intended to be interactive and proposals that stem from local initiatives.  If you want to simply present an initiative you are asked to apply for the call for the Lunch Marketplace.

The Open Science Awards will recognise and reward researchers or research students who have used open science to make their research more accessible, transparent or reproducible. The call is open to all researchers and PhD students from Dutch universities and research institutes. Submission is by means of a case study describing their experience with open science. the top five use cases will each receive a prize of €250,-. The winners are expected to give a presentation/demonstration of up to 10 minutes about their use case at the Open Science Festival in Wageningen on August 27th. 

SAVE THE DATE! May 29th: The first Open Science Barcamp in the Netherlands

On the 29th of May the Dutch Open Science Communities, together with the ACOS team, will organise an Open Science Barcamp at the SURF offices in Utrecht.

So, what is a Barcamp?

A Barcamp is an all-day-long event with no predetermined program – the topics of all sessions are determined on the spot. The venue consists of one big plenary room and several smaller break-out rooms. During the plenary sessions, anyone can grab the mic and propose a topic for a break-out session. Next, you can join any of those break-out sessions and get to work!

Break-out sessions can have any format: discussion groups (e.g. ‘the perfect publishing system’), knowledge sessions sessions (e.g. ‘how to make your data FAIR’), practical sessions like hack-a-tons (e.g. ‘Let’s make a new tool on the spot!’) or any other format that you can conceive of. Anything goes as long as you stay within the strict time limit of 40 minutes per session.

The break-out sessions are interleaved with plenary sessions where we will update each other on what was going on during the breaks out sessions and propose new break out sessions. This continues until 17.00, when it is time for drinks and pizza!

Lot’s of meeting new people! Lot’s of inspiration! Lot’s of energy!

Registration will soon (on this website).

Save the date: 29th of May (10.00 – 20.00) @ SURF Utrecht (at Utrecht Central Station: Kantoren Hoog Overborch, Moreelsepark 48).

NB: the Open Science Barcamp Utrecht is a based on the very successful Open Science Barcamp Berlin format.

Info Sheets

Today we had a productive team meeting which was mainly dedicated to discuss the set up of a series of info sheets.

There is a need for easy accessible and short info about a few ‘hot topics’.  Therefore these info sheets can be helpful to inform people in different institutions. We want to compile the info sheets based on information that is partially already out there, partially missing, or in need of an update.

For the structure we really like to follow the structure of this new site: https://fair-software.nl/ which uses a very crisp and clear ‘5 points about… ‘ structure together with a ‘Why this is important’ and a ‘Help me ‘ section. The idea is to translate this set up into info sheets with links that can be updated and adjusted to the local situation (eg add specific points of contact for help on certain topics).

As a starting point we would like to work on the following topics based on our first round of talks with different initiatives:

  • Plan S;
  • FAIR data/RDM;
  • DORA;
  • Open/ FAIR software ( from the user only perspective)
  • Open Access

We will contact people to help us with this: what is the right angle based on info which is already available? We will also organise some dedicated sprints early next year. If you also want to be involved please let us know!

Get involved!

These last few weeks we have been busy talking to different initiatives that foster Open Science in the Netherlands. This in order to get a good understanding of how we can help them, and how we can link different activities. Next to that, we have reached out to those that already have told us they would like to get involved in this project.

Maybe you would like to as well! Do you want to organise a sprint, or share good practices or some interesting tools? Can we add you to our speakers list?  Do you have suggestions for our list of inspiring initiatives?

You can also let us know what can we invite you for, such as our sprint sessions or the national Open Science day on the 14th of May in Wageningen. Please get in touch via info [ad] accelerateopenscience.nl

 We also offer the following different possibilities to stay in contact with us:

  • Follow the hashtag #accelerateopenscience on twitter
  • Frequently check the ‘News and Updates’ section on this website or, even better, subscribe to (email)updates of this section by entering your email address at the bottom of our website (GET UPDATES VIA EMAIL)
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 We hope to hear from you!

We are live!

Our project started September 1st 2019. At the moment (October 2019) we are talking to the different initiatives focusing on promoting Open Science that already exist in the Netherlands. Since our initial project duration will only be one year, we decided to set up this project website as one of our first actions. We will add info on a continuous basis. so watch this space!

If you would like to collaborate on specific topics, or if you have ideas on what to work on, you can reach us via info@accelerateopenscience.nl or you can leave comments under the different segments on the site. Another way to point us to certain examples or ideas is to use the hashtag #accelerateopenscience on twitter.