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Digital Preservation Policy of the MLU

The MLU has released its Digital Preservation Policy. The policy was drafted and discussed by the Open Science and research commissions of the MLU and approved by the academic senate in the summer. The policy identifies which data resources are to be stored and preserved in the infrastructure of the MLU and recommends the usage of recognized and suitable external repositories for storing other data materials. The policy recognizes the need to increase the capacity of our current infrastructure to provide adequate solutions to the very heterogenous research outputs of the university. In doing so, national and international standards and recommendations should be followed. The policy complements the existing open access and research data policies.

Research Data Management in the medical sciences workshop 2022

Attention: due to illness, the workshop will not take place as planned next week. We hope to give the workshop at a later point in time. As soon as new dates are available, these will be advertised over this website.

In cooperation with the ZBMED in Cologne and the data integration centre (University Medice Halle), the University and State Library of Saxony-Anhalt is conducting a joint virtual workshop on “Research Data Management in Medical Research“. The course will take place on two online dates in September (27.9. and 29.9.), each from 9:00 am to 12 pm and will be held in English. A preliminary program for the workshop can be found here

Registration is open and attendance is free. Please use this form to register for the workshop.

Further details about the course and the link to attend will be provided after you register.

Attention: the registration for the workshop ends on September 23, 2022.

Data protection notice: the personal data entered in the registration form will be used exclusively for the purpose of registering for the workshop and creating a target group-oriented program for it. The data will be deleted at the end of the workshop and will not be passed on to third parties.

Open Science Festival

On August 30 and 31 of 2022 the Leibniz University Hannover will host together with the TIB, the Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology University Library, an Open Science Festival. During these two days, two panels will feature discussions on the topics “scientific integrity and high-quality research results” and “data tracking in science.”

In addition to the scheduled discussions, scientists will also have the opportunity to learn and apply new Open Science-related methods and tools in over 11 workshops. In addition, scientists can network with each other and exchange information about open science practices in research and about current developments in Germany and Europe.

The festival will take place at the Welfenschloss in Hannover and will start on 08/30-22 at 10:15am. For more detailed information and registration feel free to visit the official website:

The Thuringia RDM Days

The Thuringian RDM Days are once again just around the corner and are to be held under the motto “Improve the way you work! – Tools for Research Data Management”. During the period from June 20 – June 24, 2022, online events will be offered at the four Thuringian university campuses under the above-mentioned motto to help find the right tools for the job. Among other things, management plan applications and electronic laboratory notebooks will be presented to lead to sustainable and reproducible research data.

All events are free of charge and are performed digitally via Zoom, making them accessible to all interested parties, including those outside of Thuringia. You can find more information and the registration forms on the following website:

Open Science Conference 2022

The Open Science Conference will be held online between the 8 and 10 of March.

The annual conference is dedicated to the Open Science movement and provides a unique forum for researchers, librarians, infrastructure providers, policy makers, and other stakeholders to discuss the latest and future developments in Open Science.

This year’s conference offers many interesting talks including a report on the new copyright exception for text and data mining for scientific purposes, and a report on a survey on researchers’ attitudes for sharing code.

A list of all other contributions and the link to the registration can be found in the conference website.

Open Science Introductions

Throughout 2022, we will be offering introductory talks to inform you about everything you should know about Open Science. During these talks we will shortly report on the activities of the University and State Library around the topic and give some advice and practical tips to implement open science in your daily work. We look forward to your participation.

Attention: These events will be held in German, but if you have specific questions in english please let our speakers know.

Appointment details:

01 February 2022 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: An introduction to Open Science in the Natural Sciences


22 February 2022, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.: An introduction to Open Science in the Social Sciences and the Humanities


2020-2021 EUA Open Science Survey results

The European University Association has published the results of its Open Science Survey. The results show that a lot of work has been done in terms of institutional policy development, Open Access monitoring and infrastructural development. However, there is a lot of work to be done in a number of specific fronts such as the embedding of Open Science in institutional policies and practices, the adequate rewarding of Open Science efforts and initiatives, and the creation of adequate conditions which lead to a better Open Science culture within the consulted institutions. The full report can be consulted here

Open Science Webinars for Postgraduate Students at the MLU and other research institutions in Halle – 2021


The Open Science Webinar series is aimed at PhD students and Postdocs from different backgrounds and disciplines at research institutions in Halle. Its purpose is to provide the audience with useful information about various aspects of Open Science (OS). In four webinars, a variety of OS topics including research data management, tools, standards, data protection, legal and intellectual property rights, tips for online publishing etc. will be covered. In a fifth seminar, a guest scientist will present practical and specific details about working with and the implementation of open science. It is hoped, this mixture between theory and a user case example might help the audience to better understand open science and where and how to start practicing it. 


The MLU conference system mluconf will be used to deliver the webinars. There is no need to register; participants just need to join the webinar(s) on the day.

The duration of the webinars is one hour, divided into a 40-45 min. presentation element and 15-20 min. slot for questions/discussion. The presentations will be available for consultation at a latter point via the Open Science website of the ULB.

Preliminary Programme and Webinars Description

NoTitleDate / Time
1Open Science – an Introduction22.9.21 / 1 p.m.
2A Primer on Research Data Management29.9.21 / 1 p.m.
3Data Protection: Theory and Practice6.10.21 / 1 p.m.
4Open (Omics) Data in the life-sciences13.10.21 / 1 p.m.
5Tips for publishing your research results online20.10.21 / 1 p.m.
Open Science Webinars 2021

Download a copy of the extended programme to read the available webinar summaries.

If you have specific questions which you would like to send us ahead of the webinars, please use this Etherpad to send these to us.

Open Science Webinars for MLU Postgraduate Students – 2020


Come join us on a journey through the starting points of Open Science (OS). This webinar series is aimed at (but not restricted to) Postdocs and PhD students from different backgrounds and disciplines at the MLU. We want to talk to you about the possibilities and benefits of Open Science, which might help you at this earlier career stage. In seven web sessions, we will introduce you to a variety of OS topics, including an introduction to Open Science, data protection, legal and intellectual property rights, research data management, open educational resources (OER) etc.


We will use the MLU conference system MLUconf for delivering the webinars. You don’t need to register, just join us on the day and participate.

The webinars will typically last 45 minutes with at least 15 minutes reserved for discussion and for answering questions from participants. The presentation will be available for consultation at a latter point via the Open Science website of the ULB.


TitleDate / Time
Open Science – an introduction23.9.2020 Start: 1 p.m.
A primer on Research Data Management30.9.2020 Start: 1 p.m.
Data Protection: Theory and Practice7.10.2020 Start: 1. p.m.
Publish or perish? – an overview of controversies associated with current scientific publishing practices14.10.2020 Start: 2 p.m.
Publishers, legal aspects, and internet publishing28.10.2020 Start: 1 p.m.
Open Science Services and support at the MLU4.11.2020 Start 1 p.m.
Open Educational Resources – an overview11.11.2020 Start 1 p.m.

Download a copy of the extended programme to read a summary of all webinars