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Open Science @ULB

Wellcome to the website of the Open Science Team at the ULB in Saxony-Anhalt. In this site you will find information about all relevant Open Science topics as well as the contact details of our staff in case you have specific questions.

You have questions on Open Access? We’ll explain why this topic is relevant for you. You want to learn how the university supports publishing freely accessible articles? We can provide you with further information and guidance when applying for APC funding. You need help working with Research Data? Get in touch with us! we will be happy to assist and support you.

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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: https://konferenz.uni-hannover.de/event/49/overview

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: https://forschungsdaten-thueringen.de/nachricht/fdm-tage-2022-das-programm-ist-online.html

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

FAIR4Chem Award Wettbewerb

Die NFDI4Chem lädt ihre Fachcommunity zur Teilnahme an ihrem FAIRChem-Wettbewerb ein. Die Idee ist, einen FAIR-Datensatz zu veröffentlichen, um einen wesentlichen Beitrag zur Erhöhung der Transparenz in der Forschung und zur Wiederverwendung von wissenschaftlichem Wissen zu leisten. Ein Preis besteht aus einem Preisgeld von 500 EUR. Weitere Informationen über die Teilnahme finden Sie auf der Website des Konsortiums:https://www.nfdi4chem.de/index.php/event/fair4chem-award/

Research Data Management in the medical sciences

In collaboration with the ZBMED in Cologne, the University and State Library of Saxony-Anhalt will offer a workshop on research datamanagement in the medical sciences. The course will be given over four dates in November (9, 11, 16 and 18 of November) from 9 am to 11am.

A temporary programme for the workshop can be found here

Further details about the course and the link for participation will be sent to you after you have registered.

This training course will be given in english. Participation in the workshop is free upon registration. Please register here:

Please note that the registration for the workshop will close on the 31 of October

    Research Data Management Training Course

    This course is intended for all-qualification-level (bio-) medical researchers interested in being introduced to best practices in research data management (RDM). The course will be given in english and is free of costs, but registration is mandatory.

    Practical Details:
    Dates(s) and time(s):
    Nov 9, 2021 09:00 TO 11:00 AM
    Nov 11, 2021 09:00 TO 11:00 AM
    Nov 16, 2021 09:00 TO 11:00 AM
    Nov 18, 2021 09:00 TO 11:00 AM

    Organized by:
    ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences
    Gleueler Straße 60
    50931 Cologne (Köln), Germany
    Tel: +49 (0)221 478-78909


    University and State Library Sachsen-Anhalt
    August-Bebel-Straße, 13
    06108 Halle (Saale)

    Mail:forschungsdaten@zbmed.de (ZB MED)
    Mail: openscience@bibliothek.uni-halle.de (ULB)

    Applications for this workshop are no longer accepted

    Do you work in the lab?*

    Do you handle big data (i.e. data that are “too large or too complex for ordinary computing devices to process”)?*

    Do you handle data underlying privacy issues (e.g. personal health data)? *

    Data protection: The personal data entered in the registration form will be exclusively used for the workshop’s registration and to create a programme which is specifically tailored for the audience. The data will be deleted after the workshop is concluded and not divulged to third parties.

    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.