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The ZBW takes an active role in the debate on “Digitisation of the Science System”

The ZBW has contributed to the establishment of “Digitisation of the Science System” as a research topic in Germany and Europe. Both the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the EU have added “Digitisation of the Science System” to their funding portfolios.

  • The ZBW offers consultancy on Open Access strategies
    The ZBW has counselled the state of Schleswig-Holstein on its Open Access strategy. This was a first step on the path to a more open and more transparent scholarly communication. An Open Science Award Schleswig-Holstein has been presented for the first time in 2016. The criteria for selection were excellence, participation and design.
    The ZBW also acts as a consultant to the Leibniz Association in the drafting of its Open Access strategy. The state of Hamburg and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research have also shown their interest to consult with the ZBW on their own Open Access strategies.
  • The ZBW is sought after in Europe as a consultant on the Digitisation of the Science System
    ZBW director Professor Klaus Tochtermann is a member of the German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures. He advises the Joint Science Conference on Digitisation of the Science System. He is a member of the High Level Expert Group “European Open Science Cloud” at the European Commission where the ideas of the ZBW can be transported into the European funding debates and recommendations for Horizon2020 be made.
    Professor Isabella Peters was a member of the EU “Expert Group on Altmetrics”. Here she advised the EU on an alternative system of evaluating scientific work apart from quantitative citation-based impact factors. Isabella Peters, whose primary research interest is in digital usage behaviour, is a scientist at the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and professor of Web Science at the University of Kiel.
    The ZBW has also initiated a series of talks on “Indicators for the Digitisation of the Science System” at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The talks aim to jointly develop a proposal for indicators to monitor the digitisation of the science system.
  • The ZBW is a strong player in science policy
    Klaus Tochtermann, director of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, professor of Digital Information Infrastructures at the University of Kiel and visiting professor of Digital Infrastructures at the University of St. Gallen, is active in the following advisory bodies for science policy:
    • member of the High Level Expert Group “European Open Science Cloud” at the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
    • member of the German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures
    • member of the ITA advisory group of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, subject area: “Participation in Research and Innovation”
    • member of the strategy council of the funding programme “Top Citizen Science” of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy in Austria (BMWFW)


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