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Lessons in Open Science

How do you improve the findability of your scientific publications? How do you find the right open access journal for your manuscript? Whether it's research data management, the financing of OA publications or academic identity management: you'll get the answers you need in our Lessons in Open Science.

The Lessons in Open Science event programme aims to familiarise researchers, teachers and students like you with the growing requirements that come along with the increasing importance of openness. In the 30-minute sessions, you will receive a brief introduction to a specific open science practice. One of our resident experts will also explain how, for example: open access or research data management, can be implemented in the context of research projects.

The events are primarily tailored to the needs of researchers, teachers and students at TU Dresden, but are open to all interested parties.

A short summary of the individual sessions and their presentations can be found at the bottom of the page .

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    Open Science in a Nutshell

    Although everyone is talking about it, the complexity of the concept of Open Science is still surprising for many researchers. While the concepts of Open Access and Open Source are well established and accepted in the scientific community, other important parts of Open Science such as Open Evaluation and Open Methodology are far less prominent. The talk introduces the components of the topic Open Science using the image of an open and sustainable research cycle and thus lays the conceptual foundation for the Lessons in Open Science series.

    Open Science in a Nutshell Presentation (English) (PDF) (html)


    Gold Open Access

    Open Access is gaining importance between scientists and scholars due to the increasing requirements of research funding agencies and recently negotiated transformative agreements with publishers (e.g. DEAL agreements). In this session, we will discuss the Gold Path and the possibilities for TUD affiliated members for funding Open Access publications.

    Green Open Access

    Green open access (also known as „self archiving“) refers to making a work already published with a publisher available in an institutional or disciplinary repository. The talk will present the possibilities of „self archiving“ and describe the legal framework.  Advantages for researchers will be shown which fit into the overall concept of Open Science.

    Green Open Access Presentation (English) (PDF)


    Creative Commons Licenses

    Creative Commons licenses are not only relevant when searching for re-usable images. Free licenses are also playing an increasingly important role in the development of software, in scientific publications, and in the sharing and editing of all kinds of research data. The talk will cover the basics of Creative Commons licenses, their usefulness in the context of copyright law, their various applications, and the opportunities they give authors to determine reuse conditions for published materials.

    Creative Commons Licenses Presentation (English) (PDF) (will follow shortly)


    Academic Identity Management

    As a scientist, you are increasingly asked to present yourself as well as your research work and institutional affiliation. But how do you ensure that your scientific publications can be found and that they are clearly attributed to you? Personal names are neither unmistakable nor unchangeable. Different spellings in different languages and databases also make it difficult to find and analyse bibliometric indicators such as the H-index.

    In this course, you will receive tips on how you as an author can improve your visibility and thus the reach of your research. Learn about different identification systems and their special features, Steps for setting up your own author profiles, Tips on data maintenance and linking IDs.
    Do you already have an ORCID, ResearcherID or Scopus AuthorID? Then you will receive recommendations on how to keep these profiles up to date as effectively as possible. 

    Academic Identity Management Presentation (English) (PDF)



    Preservation and publication of research data

    According to good scientific practice, research data underlying to scientific publications should be stored safely for at least ten years. Additionally, funding organizations increasingly require the publication of relevant research data. This is intended to make research reproducible and verifiable. But how to ensure that the data will be found and understood in ten years and beyond? How should the data be prepared for this purpose? What needs to be considered when publishing data? And is there any support for these issues? This workshop will provide basic information and answers to these questions.

    Repositories Presentation (English) (PDF)


    Best Practices in Personal RDM

    Simply making your data „open“ does not make your data usable. Usability is the result of other people being able to make sense of your data: the quality of your filenames, your folder structure and your documentation greatly contribute to the level of reusability of your data.

    Unfortunately, many datasets publicly available are far from being self-explanatory, making them less attractive for other researchers to use them. We shouldn’t fool ourselves: chances are very slim that any researcher feels a desire to dig through a pile of cryptically labeled and unsorted data – no matter how “great” we think the data is.

    But don’t despair: it is neither difficult nor time consuming to maintain your data in a way that invites other researchers to investigate and explore. In this short lesson we get you started with some basic best practices on file organization and documentation.

    Best Practices in Personal RDM (English) (PDF)


    Data Management Planning

    2022 Data Management Planning (Englisch) PDF

    Authors: Carolin Hundt and Johannes Sperling
    Title: Data Management Planning
    Subtitle: Funding requirements and tools. A practical insight 

    Planning on how to handle research data poses a major challenge not only to you. Funders such as the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) are increasing their demands, e.g. in regard to data sharing. 

    Therefore, this talk is intended to give you an overview of data management planning (DMP). Given the large number of research methods and disciplines, there is currently no fixed structure as to what exactly a DMP text should look like. We will take a look at some of the most relevant guidelines, questions of open access to research data as well as general and discipline-specific tools/resources to support you.


    2021 Data Management Plans Presentation (English) PDF  (Focus: EU Projects)

    Funding programs like Horizon Europe expect grant proposals to include sections regarding how applicants intend to handle their research data. Sometimes, even a whole Data Management Plan (DMP) is required.

    The talk gives an overview on what projects should plan and include in these texts - along the so called FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, Reusability) principles. We focus on requirements in the Horizon Europe program, including questions of open access to research data.

    Pregistration and Registered Reports

    Preregistration has received increased attention in recent years and its benefits are widely acknowledged, not just among the Open Science Community. Deliberate, formalized and careful planning as well as decision making in advance when conducting scientific studies can lead to increased quality and counteract various flaws in the current system. The talk will outline these flaws, describe systemic and personal benefits of preregistration, give an overview of the available methods as well as address common concerns and obstacles in this context.


    B!SON – Recommendation Service for quality-assured OA Journals

    As part of the ongoing OA transformation, more and more journals are being converted to OA formats. For example, the number of journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) increased from 11,250 to more than 16,000 between April 2018 and April 2021. This results in serious challenges for researchers to determine suitable journals for their manuscripts.

    For this reason, TIB and SLUB Dresden, with the support of DOAJ, OpenCitations and many national institutions, have set themselves the goal of establishing an open, publisher-agnostic, free and privacy-compliant web-based recommendation service for quality-assured OA journals in the BMBF project "B!SON". After entering the title, abstract and/or bibliography, users will receive a filtered list of OA journals that match their manuscript. The search can be refined using filter criteria. The output of the recommendations contains a profile of each journal, which should facilitate the final selection by the researchers.

    The first B!SON prototype will be available from April 2022, the full system will go live in April 2023. In addition to a brief introduction of the recommendation service, the talk will focus on the presentation and discussion of the results of the requirements analysis.

    B!SON Presentation (German) (PDF) (will follow shortly)