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07/2020

COLLEGE PARK, MD, and MUNICH, GERMANY, JULY 7, 2020 — The American Physical Society (APS) and the Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG) have finalized the terms of a strategic partnership that allows MPG authors to easily publish open access in all hybrid and gold Physical Review journals at no direct cost to authors. At the center of the collaboration is APS’s first “read and publish” pilot, covering the calendar year 2020, and building upon the long-standing relationship between APS and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL). 

“This expansion of our valued partnership with the Max Planck Society is aligned with our mission to advance scientific discovery and research dissemination, and it reflects our organizations’ shared commitment to open science,” said APS Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kate Kirby.

The collaboration initiated late last year, as APS and MPDL began working together on the development of new processes and systems required to support the pilot, and the resulting workflows have been fully functional since early 2020. Both organizations are committed to further collaboration on continuously improving this infrastructure to further support sustainable open access publishing. This will also allow APS to offer new open access publishing services more broadly, and thus continue to expand its role in supporting open science and the evolving needs of the broader scientific community. 

Prof. Klaus Blaum, incoming Vice President of the Max Planck Society’s Scientific Council for Chemistry, Physics and Technology said, “The journals of APS are highly valued by our scientists and our peers globally, and this new agreement will enable the broadest possible readership for a significant portion of our peer-reviewed research, ultimately improving and accelerating the scientific process.”

“This new transformative agreement with APS marks an important development in our strategy to repurpose our subscription investments in order to deliver open access publishing opportunities to our authors while, at the same time, contributing to the broader transition of today’s scholarly journals to open access in line with objectives Open Access 2020 Initiative,” said Ralf Schimmer, Head of Information at the Max Planck Digital Library.

Both hybrid and fully open access peer-reviewed journals published by APS -- including highly-selective flagship titles such as Physical Review Letters and Physical Review X -- are covered under the read and publish pilot. 

“The pilot is designed to deliver tremendous value to researchers by providing the opportunity to conveniently publish open access in the most-read and highest-cited peer-reviewed journals in physics and related disciplines, broadly trusted and valued by researchers around the world for more than 127 years,” said APS Publisher Dr. Matthew Salter.

To publish open access in these journals and make their articles immediately and freely available to readers without a subscription, authors are generally required to pay a fee. Under the new transformative agreement, the article publication charges (APCs) are covered by the institutional license fee, meaning that authors affiliated with any of 88 Max Planck institutes and research facilities can publish open access in the Physical Review journals without needing to spend time and resources on the invoicing and payment process. Upon publication their papers will be made immediately open access under a CC-BY license allowing broad access and reuse rights.

“The development of this partnership was motivated by our organizations’ mutual commitment to providing excellent service to our shared customers, the research communities,” said APS Associate Publisher Jeff Lewandowski. “By facilitating hassle-free open access publishing that allows MPG authors to maximize the visibility and impact of their research, and increasing the open access content available to users worldwide, together we are now serving those communities more effectively than ever before.” 

The 2020 license also continues to provide MPG-affiliated readers access to the entire APS online library, including peer-reviewed research and review articles published from 1893 to the present. APS and MPG have also made significant progress towards developing a longer-term arrangement to extend this open access partnership beyond 2020 in a manner that is sustainable for both organizations and able to adapt to the evolving open science landscape.

The new partnership is the latest in a long series of innovations by APS in support of its goal to provide sustainable open access options for all researchers across the communities it serves. In the 1990s APS adopted policies supporting green open access through self-archiving, and also launched one of the first fully open access journals in physics. Since then it has continued to invest and innovate in open science through a number of initiatives, including: developing fully open access and hybrid journals to meet a diverse array of author needs; subsidizing open access publishing costs; supporting CHORUS as a founding member; and participating in the SCOAP3 initiative to facilitate convenient open access publishing for high-energy physics researchers. 

 

About the Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is an independent, non-profit research organization. Focusing on research fields that are particularly innovative, the 83 Max Planck Institutes conduct basic research in the service of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. More than 15,000 studies by its researchers are published each year in internationally renowned scientific journals.

About the American Physical Society

The American Physical Society is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, Maryland (Headquarters), Ridge, New York, and Washington, DC.

06/2020

Thanks to the growing number of agreements negotiated by the Max Planck Digital Library with many major publishers, Max Planck authors can publish their articles open access immediately and free of charge, increasing the visibility and impact of their work!

On our new Open Access Publishing Support site, you will be able to find all journals covered by these agreements.

When publishing an article in any of the listed journals, any costs for open access publishing are fully covered by the central agreements concluded by MPDL for all Max Planck authors.

Learn more about the Open Access publishing services offered to Max Planck Society authors here.

 

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06/2020

We are happy to announce that the Max Planck Digital Library is introducing the idea of a gradual return to the office. On June 16th the MPDL welcomed back the first employees, while still taking all precautionary measures to ensure safety for all returning members of the staff. We are happy we could provide services while being out of office – a great thanks to everyone involved.

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06/2020

The bloxberg Summit 2020 took place online on May 28th and June 2nd. The summit is the yearly meeting of the bloxberg consortium, organized by the MPDL, where projects are being presented and the newest topics surrounding blockchain and science are discussed.
On the first day of the summit the third parties ARTiFACTS®, Decentralized Science, Ethernity HODL UG , and Wolfram Blockchain Labs presented their businesses and explained their affiliation to bloxberg. Topics like the integration of blockchain and cloud computing technologies, decentralized reputation systems for researchers, and functions providing reading and writing capabilities for different blockchains have been presented.

On the second day of the summit, speakers from universities and institutions which are part of the consortium introduced their current projects. Institutions such as the University of Nicosia, the University of Geneva, the Hamburg University of Applied Science, the University of Applied Science Technikum Wien, and the MPDL presented their use cases. The University of Nicosia introduced the consortium to its DLT4ALL project, which has the goal to make blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies and their applications understandable. The MPDL spoke about its new project of Peer Review Aggregation on bloxberg, which aims to bring recognition to peer viewing efforts. A concept to foster reuse of research data using bloxberg has been a topic discussed by the Hamburg University of Applied Science. In addition, the possibilities for security that blockchains are providing have been presented: the University of Geneva explained the verification of diplomas based on a smart contract on bloxberg and the University of Applied Science Technikum Wien spoke out about electronic voting secured by the blockchain.

We would like to thank all participants and speakers. The bloxberg Summit 2020 was a complete success and inspired further discussions about blockchain and science! For more information on the individual projects visit the websites of the participating institutions.

 

More Info:

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Hamburg University of Applied Science

University of Applied Science Technikum Wien

University of Geneva

University of Nicosia

 

You can find more info about the third parties here.

 

04/2020

Edmond, the now well-established open research data repository of the Max Planck Society, continues to grow steadily: the number of data collections increases on average weekly, recently almost daily. The number of Max Planck Institutes using Edmond also keeps increasing; currently there are 33 MPIs represented.

In mid-2019 we started to make a series of intensive improvements to our repository. This process has now been completed.
Changes include, for example, the linking of records to other sources, optimized data documentation (addition of further metadata fields) and improved search functions. It is now also possible to reserve a DOI for (as yet) unpublished data collections. The strong demand of the professional community for this possibility has accompanied us for quite some time now. This is all the more reason for us to be pleased to facilitate the excellent work of our scientists even more. We also increased the default disk quota per user to 10GB, more is always available This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Despite or even because of all the innovations: Edmond remains user-friendly as before.

For more on our work on Edmond, see here.

For guidance on collection metadata fields, see here.

03/2020

The Max Planck Digital Library takes the rapid spread of the Coronavirus very seriously and has decided to adopt precautionary measures to protect all employees and guests of the MPG service-unit. Until further notice, all MPDL employees will be working from home. All MPDL-services can be used as usual.

 

03/2020

Der Blockchain Bundesverband übergab am 11. März sein „Aktionspapier Blockchain“ an die Staatsministerin für Digitalisierung Dorothee Bär. Damit soll die Bundesregierung bei der konkreten Umsetzung von Anwendungen mit der Blockchain-Technologie unterstütz werden.
Im Bereich Forschung wird bloxberg, eine von der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft initiierte, globale Blockchain-Initiative, als einziges Projekt hervorgehoben. bloxberg wird als Proof-of-Concept für eine Blockchain in der Wissenschaftswelt empfohlen, auf der beispielsweise das BMBF oder die DFG projektgebundene Forschungsmitteltokens verteilen könnten.

Mit dem Aktionspapier werden vom Präsidenten des Verbands, Florian Glatz, konkrete Forderungen an verschiedene Ministerien weitergeben. Anwesend waren u.a. Vertreter der Ministerien BMWi, BMJV, BMZ, BMWI, BMEL, BMBF, BMI und BMF.

 

Mehr Infos:

Pressemitteilung zum Blockchain Aktionspapier des Blockchain Bundesverbands

Aktionspapier des Blockchain Bundesverband e.V.

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02/2020

We are happy to announce that the bloxberg network is being used for many independent dApps and Apps. Since the bloxberg blockchain is open to everyone to built applications on top of, there has been a lot of so-called third parties running non-authority nodes and connecting them to the bloxberg network. Four of these third parties will be presenting at this year’s bloxberg summit which is taking place at the Harnack House in Berlin on March 2-4, 2020. The bloxberg summit is a conference of bloxberg consortium members, that is held to present and discuss current topics around the use of blockchain in a scientific context. The summit will be held by the MPDL this year.

The following parties will be presenting at the bloxberg summit 2020:

 

Wolfram Blockchain Labs (WBL) has developed a suite of functions in the Wolfram Language (WL) that provide straightforward reading and writing capabilities for different blockchains. These functions also provide a powerful environment for users to create custom analytical tools. In order for these services to work seamlessly, WBL hosts nodes from Bitcoin, Ethereum, ARK, and bloxberg in their high-performance cluster. This allows direct connections to blockchain nodes and smooth integration with the WL, for use either on the desktop (Mathematica) or cloud (Wolfram Cloud).

 

ARTiFACTS® is a platform designed to accelerate researcher recognition by securing the provenance of in-progress research outputs created by scientists and scholars and making these findings discoverable and citable among peers and colleagues. Transactions are registered on the blockchain; specifically, the bloxberg distributed ledger, using Smart Contracts to establish the proof-of-existence. The citation actions of scientists provide a permanent, valid, and immutable chain of record in real-time. Maintaining the provenance of research contributions and acknowledgments creates stronger incentives for scientists to share their work, enabling them to receive recognition for their contributions and security for their intellectual property. ARTiFACTS and bloxberg interoperability offer researchers control over when their works are shared and with whom, both pre-publication and upon publishing their findings.

Ethernity HODL UG is a young German startup that is experimenting with integrating blockchain and cloud computing technologies, focusing on the information security aspect. This technology is specifically useful in the scientific field. For scientists involved in scientific computing, getting provable and reproducible results for research papers is perhaps one of the biggest challenges. The mission of this project is to make a platform available where they can run their scientific computing tasks and attain "Proof of Execution". Using bloxberg, the "Proof of Execution" certifies the execution specific scientific computing task. Later, the execution can be verified and validated against the blockchain, which aids in the reproducibility of research.

 

Decentralized Science promotes transparency in peer-reviewing using technologies such as blockchain and IPFS. Using their system, reviewers can openly share their review reports and get reputation and rewards. The practice of revealing the reviewers’ reports (either anonymous or signed) is not new and has been promoted for years because it can improve the quality and fairness of peer-reviewing. Decentralized Science offers services such as a tool to find the best and most reliable reviewers for a specific paper, and a reputation system for reviewers to increase the recognition of their invisible work while increasing the fairness, quality, and timelines of their review reports. Their technology is open and decentralized, and will always belong to the academic community. Join the network and help them promote an open and transparent future for peer-reviewing!

 

More Info: bloxberg

02/2020

We are happy to announce our newest KEEPER update. So what’s new?

In addition to the promise to keep your data safe for at least 10 years, KEEPER has now a new Archiving-On-Demand function. This means, that KEEPER users only have to click a button to store their library on a dedicated and KEEPER independent system. It is possible to use this feature via KEEPER web for any library that is owned by the user. Just click the new "Archive"-button. The "Archive"-button can be found either under "My Libraries" or in the drop-down menu within a library.
With a correctly filled out archive-metadata.md file an additional archive will be created. KEEPER will take care of the whole archiving process. So go on – give your data a second home!

For more info please visit the KEEPER Knowledge Base.

01/2020

Following the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in August 2019, Springer Nature and MPDL Services GmbH on behalf of Projekt DEAL today announce that the formal contract for the world’s largest transformative Open Access agreement to date has now been signed. From January 1st 2020, the agreement provides Open Access publishing services to academic authors at 700+ German research institutions. Extensive access to Springer Nature’s journal portfolio will be granted to participating institutions. The agreement will be published in full text online in conjunction with the start of the sign-up process for German institutions in the second half of January.

Read the press release issued by the German Rectors’ Conference here.

11/2019

Enago provides scientific and academic editing services to researchers and helps them to get published.

Max Planck authors now receive 40% discount on Enago’s manuscript editing services. In order to benefit from the pilot agreement and to receive the discount, you need to enter the service through a dedicated landing page for Max Planck affiliated authors:

https://www.enago.com/inst/mpauthors/

Please note: There is no central payment for Enago services by MPDL, authors need to cover the remaining 60% themselves. Find out more about Enago's terms and conditions on the service's landing page.

[Update January 2020: Discount increase from 30% to 40%.]

10/2019

Scientists Benefit from ARTiFACTS and bloxberg Interoperability

Cambridge, Mass. USA and München, Germany –September 3, 2019 –  ARTiFACTS and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) announced today ARTiFACTS is the first partner organization now registering transactions on the bloxberg distributed ledger. Using Smart Contracts to establish the proof-of-existence and citation actions of scientists provides a permanent, valid, and immutable chain of record in real-time. Maintaining the provenance of research contributions and acknowledgments creates stronger incentives for scientists to share their work, enabling them to receive recognition for their contributions and security for their intellectual property. The interoperability of ARTiFACTS and bloxberg offers researchers control over when their works are shared and with whom, both pre-publication and upon publishing their findings. 

It is universally recognized that sharing research findings earlier in the research process will accelerate discoveries. Working with the Max Planck Digital Library, a central unit of the Max Planck Society (MPS) that supports thousands of scientists in their publication and research data management efforts, both teams are collaborating to advance the effectiveness of blockchain-based solutions for improving scholarly research and communication.

“Enabling researchers to receive recognition for all of their scientific contributions in a secure, reliable and efficient way is our primary mission,” said ARTiFACTS President and Co-Founder, Dave Kochalko. “The ARTiFACTS team is proud to be providing innovative research solutions for the Max Planck community on this trusted infrastructure.”

“The progress from our collaboration with ARTiFACTS is gratifying,” said Sandra Vengadasalam, Head of the Digital Labs Department of the Max Planck Digital Library. “We are continuing to pursue innovation such as this which advances the communication of science and research conducted by our institutes.”

 

About ARTiFACTS

ARTiFACTS, creators of the world’s first blockchain-based collaboration and attribution platform for scholarly research, provides a user-friendly platform, purpose-built for academic and scientific research that leverages blockchain technology. Researchers can record a valid and immutable chain of records in real-time, from the earliest stages of research for all research artifacts, including citing/attribution transactions. ARTiFACTS Smart Contracts with customized bibliographic metadata enable performance of transactions made by researchers on the bloxberg trusted infrastructure.  While today’s digital scholarship creates linkages among a narrowed subset of indexed publications long after discoveries are made, ARTiFACTS focuses on capturing and linking knowledge from its initial ideation throughout the research process to informal and formal dissemination. By using the ARTiFACTS platform, researchers will be able to immutably prove ownership and existence of work, expand access to their research artifacts, provide and receive real-time attribution for novel work and more comprehensively, and rapidly build and demonstrate their body of scholarly contributions.

To learn more, visit ARTiFACTS and follow them on Twitter @ARTiFACTS_ai!

 

About the Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society conducts basic research in the natural sciences, life science, and humanities. The 84 Max Planck Institutes and 17 Max Planck Centers internationally focus on research fields that are innovative and address forward-looking scientific questions. The Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) is a central unit of the Max Planck Society that supports scientists with a broad portfolio of services in the fields of information provision, publication support and research data management.  With its Digital Labs department, MPDL ensures a constant pipeline of new technologies to provide innovative and sustainable services and tools for all Max Planck researchers.

To learn more, check out our website and follow us on Twitter @mpdl or Instagram @mpdldigitallabs!

09/2019

The German federal government refers to the bloxberg-initiative of the Max Planck Society in their recently published strategy paper on blockchain. Here, bloxberg is mentioned as an example of how the blockchain technology can be used and applied in science. Amongst other things, it was announced that future cooperations regarding blockchain-applications will be supported by the federal government.  With an increased funding, a significant rise in the amount of new and open forms of cooperation is expected.

More Information:

Blockchain Strategy of the German Federal Government

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08/2019

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Photocredit: Bettina Ausserhofer

MPDL Services GmbH , on behalf of Project DEAL and Springer Nature, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 22.8.2019 in Berlin which defines the framework for the most comprehensive Open Access agreement worldwide. The previous German subscription expenses for Springer Nature journals will be systematically converted from 2020 onwards in order to make articles by authors from German research institutions freely available in Springer Nature journals. The MoU sets the scene for a transformative agreement which will include an open access gold component and a publish and read element. Around 13,000 contributions from German institutions will be published each year in over 600 open access journals and in 1,900 Springer Nature subscription journals. In addition, the model offers the academic community extensive read access to the scientific journals of Springer, Palgrave, Adis and Macmillan at the 700 or so eligible German scientific institutions. The final agreement is to be concluded and published before the end of this year.

Read the HRK press release

06/2019

Edmond, the Open Access Data Repository of the Max Planck Society, now provides the opportunity to include author ORCID iDs as well as general metadata for data collections. Thereby datasets can be linked to corresponding scientific articles and some context (geolocation, biological study object, chemical element/compound, temporal coverage) can be provided where applicable. This information can also be added to existing collections, or transferred from the description of a collection to new dedicated fields. For details, see here or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

06/2019

Scientists to Receive Recognition for their Research Contributions on Max Planck Digital Library Blockchain-Based Platform

Cambridge, Mass. USA/Munich, Germany  - ARTiFACTS and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) announced today a collaboration to investigate how blockchain technology can advance the way scientific data is handled. By providing the possibility to record a permanent, valid, and immutable chain of research data in real-time, the recognition of scholarly contributions by the MPS research community will be lifted to a new level. Working with the Max Planck Digital Library, a central unit of the Max Planck Society (MPS) that supports thousands of scientists in their publication and research data management efforts, both teams are collaborating to advance the effectiveness of blockchain-based solutions for improving scholarly research and communication.

It is universally recognized that sharing research findings earlier in the research process will accelerate discoveries. However, today’s scholarly communication process provides no system for sharing, discovering and attributing most scientific outputs. This delays the sharing of results, prevents scientists from receiving recognition in the form of citations to their contributions, impedes funding opportunities and career advancement.

In collaboration with MPDL, ARTiFACTS will develop blockchain smart contracts and decentralized applications (dAPPs) on the bloxberg Blockchain enabling MPG scientists to receive recognition for all of the research materials they create. “Scientists repeatedly tell us they seek a secure, reliable and efficient method of sharing research materials in ways that both protect their intellectual property and enable them to receive recognition in real-time for their contributions,” said ARTiFACTS President and Co-Founder, Dave Kochalko. “By providing ARTiFACTS services over the distributed ledger platform supported by the Max Planck Digital Library, we are pleased to advance the mission of this world class research organization.”

“This collaboration is an ideal fit with the forward-looking innovation our Digital Labs seeks to bring to the MPS research community,” said Sandra Vengadasalam, Head of the Digital Labs Department of the Max Planck Digital Library. “Backed by an experienced team delivering creative research information solutions, we look forward to working with ARTiFACTS and accelerating the velocity of MPS research.

About ARTiFACTS

ARTiFACTS, creators of the world’s first blockchain-based collaboration and attribution platform for scholarly research, provides a user-friendly platform, purpose built for academic and scientific research that leverages blockchain technology. Researchers can record a valid and immutable chain of records in real-time, from the earliest stages of research for all research artifacts, including citing/attribution transactions. While today’s digital scholarship merely creates linkages among an artificially narrowed subset of indexed publications long after discoveries are made, ARTiFACTS focuses on capturing and linking knowledge from its initial ideation throughout the research process to informal and formal dissemination. By using the ARTiFACTS platform, researchers will be able to immutably prove ownership and existence of novel work, expand access to their research artifacts, provide and receive real-time attribution for novel work and more comprehensively and rapidly build and demonstrate their body of scholarly contributions.

To learn more, visit us at artifacts.ai and follow us on Twitter @ARTiFACTS_ai.


About the Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society conducts basic research in the natural sciences, life science, and humanities. The 84 Max Planck Institutes and 17 Max Planck Centers internationally focus on research fields that are innovative and address forward-looking scientific questions. The Max Planck Digital Library is a central service unit of the Max Planck Society dedicated to the strategic planning, development and operation of digital infrastructures necessary for providing Max Planck Institutes with scientific information, publication support and research data management services. With its Digital Labs department, MPDL ensures a constant pipeline of new technologies to provide innovative and sustainable services for all Max Planck researchers.

To learn more, visit us at https://www.mpdl.mpg.de/, and follow us on Twitter @mpdl and Instagram @mpdldigitallabs

 

06/2019

In their joint push to bring the advantages of an open digital environment to scholarly publishing, research organizations around the globe are facing long and sometimes tough negotiations with academic publishers which may lead to a situation in which journal subscriptions have to be cancelled. MPDL in collaboration with Max Planck's PhD net have put together an overview of the most valuable alternative access routes for scholarly articles.

Download flyer "How to deal with no subscription DEAL"

05/2019

We are very happy to announce the newest members of the bloxberg Consortium. Welcome KIT, Universidad Nacional de Colombia & University of Zurich!

 

05/2019

The MPDL is happy to announce that the bloxberg whitepaper is published.

Read more @ Newsroom of the Max Planck Society!

 

 

Get the whitepaper @ bloxberg!

04/2019

Building on the ‘read and publish’ agreement coordinated by the Bavarian State Library (BSB) with financial support from the German Research Foundation (DFG), MPDL on behalf of the Max Planck Society has now entered in a new open access agreement with Cambridge University Press,

Go to the press release

03/2019

With the beginning of the year 2019, American Chemical Society (ACS) and Max Planck Gesellschaft have entered in a new transformative agreement that provides researchers affiliated with Max Planck institutes the opportunity to disseminate immediately, under an open access license, 100 percent of their research articles upon acceptance and publication by a peer-reviewed ACS journal.

Read the full press release

02/2019

On February 5/6 the MPDL had invited to the fourth Open Science Days at Berlin’s Harnack House.

“Research Software” being this year’s focus topic of choice, a number of interested attendees from all over Europe and even overseas came together in the beautiful Goethe Auditorium.


 

And the subject really turned out to be the right decision. It became clear that today, Research Software is and certainly will remain one of the central aspects for the future development of research itself.

Compared to Open Access and even Open Research Data, a lot of basic questions are still unanswered – and several things are missing for a proper dealing with this topic in everyday research: Platforms, tools, workflows, standards, guidelines, rewarding systems, business models and much more.

This calls for urgent action by all parties concerned – a message also included in the magnificent keynote by Roberto Di Cosmo. Furthermore, Mr. Di Cosmo reported about the concept and the activities of France’s Software Heritage, which deals with the collection, long term preservation and sharing of software from various sources.

The conference talks included different concrete examples of Research Software like Picasso for DNA-PAINT, the robotic behavior orchestration software playful or GGIR, which is about processing raw data from movement sensors.

Besides that, we got to know about platforms like swMath which brings together software and publication data, or the impressive services AiiDA and Materials Cloud for the procession of raw data at Lausannes EPFL.

Initiatives presented at the conference were the Software Sustainability Institute and de-RSE, the German branch of an international network for Research Software Engineers. These are all about bringing the community together and supporting colleagues in their daily struggle with the reality of Research Software processes.

The MDPL team really enjoyed these one and a half days at Harnack House and we took a huge mass of new ideas, impressions and information with us.

Conference slides as well as some pictures are available at the OSD-Homepage.

02/2019

Munich, February, 2019 – the Max Planck Digital Library is pleased to announce the new research project bloxberg: the first trusted research infrastructure

Twelve exclusively selected leading research organizations from ten different countries came together to form the global Blockchain Consortium for Science – bloxberg.

Sandra Vengadasalam and Friederike Kleinfercher from the Max Planck Society envisioned the first trusted research infrastructure by initiating the bloxberg summit to propel blockchain in science. The event took place from February 20th to the 22nd at the magnificent Ringberg Castle in the Bavarian Alps, close to Tegernsee.

The two happy initiators after a successful signing ceremony
The two happy initiators after a successful signing ceremony.

 

The bloxberg infrastructure is a secure global blockchain established by a consortium of leading research organizations – including Carnegie Mellon, UCL, ETH Library at ETH Zürich, Georgia Tech, IT University of Copenhagen, University of Belgrade, University of Johannesburg, University of Kassel, University of Nicosia, University of Sarajevo, and the Max Planck Society – to provide scientists with blockchain based services. The bloxberg infrastructure broadens the scientific landscape of regionally and nationally governed blockchain networks to become the first truly globally maintained decentralized network by scientists for science. By establishing the permissioned, public blockchain bloxberg, the network is safeguarded against the cryptographic power of third entities. The credibility of the research organizations maintaining the network constitutes trust in the system.

After two days of intensive discussion, the founders signed a memorandum to establish the Novel Consortium for Blockchain in Science – bloxberg. bloxberg will foster services like proving the authenticity of data, protecting intellectual property rights, sharing of precious research results, peer reviewing and publishing, enabling decentralized autonomous research organizations, and much more.

“With bloxberg a new era has begun” says Dr. Frank Sander, General Manager of the MPDL, “Now the data world has a new dimension: time”.

The bloxberg founders are certain: “With bloxberg, we will change the way scientific data is managed, scientific results are communicated, and scientists collaborate”.

Scientific institutions around the world are invited to join and become a part of bloxberg!

 

To learn more visit: bloxberg

 

The founding members of bloxberg at Ringberg Castle
The founding members of bloxberg at Ringberg Castle.

 

Pictures: Clemens Fantur