Integration of Wolfram Blockchain Labs’ distributed ledger technology platform on the bloxberg blockchain
We are happy to announce the integration between Wolfram Blockchain Labs’ (WBL) distributed ledger technology [DLT] platform and the bloxberg infrastructure. This means that the bloxberg blockchain is now fully integrated into the Wolfram Language (WL).
WBL has developed a suite of functions in Wolfram Language that provide straightforward reading and writing capabilities for different blockchains. These functions also provide a powerful environment for users to create custom analytical tools. With this, all Max Planck researches are able to leverage bloxberg to confirm the certification of research data all within the Wolfram Language computational notebook interface, by accessing the new functionality, which is available in e.g. Mathematica.
Wolfram Mathematica is one of several calculation applications that are provided by the MPDL’s Software Licensing Service (available within MPG IP-range).
We are happy to announce that the global blockchain innitiative bloxberg has been included in the latest #DLT4Good report “Scanning the European Ecosystem of Distributed Ledger Technologies for Social and Public Good” of the European Commission. The #DLT4Good report is complementary to the information that can be found in the #DLT4Good Scanning tool. The report’s aim is to explore the current situation of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs), such as blockchains. The scanning and the report are comparing 131 DLT-projects worldwide.
Open Access publishing in Nature - a new milestone in the transformation of scholarly journal publishing
Thanks to a new framework agreement negotiated by the Max Planck Digital Library, scientists at participating German institutions will be able to publish their research articles accepted for publication in Nature and Nature Research journals openly for the first time ever.
With scientists affiliated with German institutions publishing nearly 400 new research articles a year in the high-impact and well-respected Nature and Nature Research journals, the new agreement is an unprecedented opportunity to increase the visibility and impact of the very best of German research.
Key features of the agreement:
- The terms of the agreement will initially be offered to current subscribers of Nature journals in Germany. A tiered pricing structure has been developed, taking into account previous Nature subscriptions and average annual publication volumes in Nature journals.
- The vast proportion of the fees paid by each institution will be reallocated to support open access publishing of articles by their affiliated researchers.
- At the same time, institutions will gain access to the entire portfolio of Nature Research and Nature Review journals, including to all new journals launched over the term of the agreement.
Information for German research institutions and libraries
The Nature framework agreement is offered on an opt-in basis and is complementary to, and independent of, the DEAL-Springer Nature agreement. Institutions that currently subscribe to Nature and Nature-branded journals will be contacted by the publisher in the next few days with detailed information on the offer and agreement terms.
The Max Planck Digital Library negotiated the framework agreement, but, institutions wishing to receive the services agreed in the framework agreement will sign bilateral agreements with Springer Nature.
Implementation of agreements, including invoicing and provision of access, will be carried out exclusively by Springer Nature. The Max Planck Digital Library will provided support in managing the Open Access publication rights of participating institutions for the duration of the contract.
The framework agreement between Springer Nature and the MPDL will be published shortly.
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You can create your own chat-channels, communicate with team members, discuss current topics and share your data files. Also, you can invite external collaboration partners & use Zoom at any time. This innovative platform is provided & maintained by the MPDL, which means all your data is safe within our secure MPG infrastructure! Start messaging with your peers & become part of the awesome Minerva-Community!
We are very happy about the newest addition to the bloxberg Consortium: The University of West Attica (UniWA) was founded as the result of merging two Technological Institutes of the country. UniWA currently has 5 Schools and 26 Departments, constituting the third biggest university in Greece in terms of enrolled students.
CoNSeRT (COmputer Networks & SErvices Research laboraTory) was established in 2018, initially as a research team, part of the Communications & Networks Lab of the Electrical & Electronics Engineering Department of the University of West Attica (UniWA). The achievements and success of the research team have led to its evolution to a research laboratory, established in April 2019. Its main objectives include research and teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, the establishment of appropriate infrastructures, participation in research programs, provision of services, and interconnecting with social, scientific, and productive organizations on subjects related to the research focus of the Lab.
Blockchain is one of CoNSeRT’s recent research areas with special interest lying with its interconnection with other technologies and systems, e.g., IoT (e.g., Decentralized Identifiers), Machine and Federated learning, and 5G infrastructures. "At the same time, everyone in CoNSeRT is extremely glad to support and share bloxberg’s vision on applying decentralized services for scientific and research purposes using a modern Blockchain infrastructure", says Dimitris Kogias, a senior researcher at CoNSeRT.
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The new Open Access Hub area on SAIRA®, developed by Fraunhofer FIT and Fraunhofer, enables fast and easy sharing and publishing of the latest research findings on COVID-19. To secure the authentication, ownership, and integrity of information the platform will be integrated with the bloxberg Blockchain.
The bloxberg consortium member Fraunhofer Society launched the SAIRA® Open Access Hub platform with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT in cooperation with the Secretariat of the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO). This platform now enables fast and easy sharing and publishing of the latest research findings on COVID-19.The Open Access Hub gives everyone the opportunity to upload technologies and information that can help fight the pandemic, and make them publicly available.
The high-quality standards will be ensured by a panel of peer reviewers from WAITRO partner organizations and Fraunhofer. The panel checks every publication made on the platform before they go online.
Furthermore, the Open Access Hub is going to be integrated with the bloxberg blockchain. Thus, in addition to the quality check mentioned above, the platform will be secured against manipulation and guarantee the authenticity and integrity of all content with a Blockchain infrastructure. Therefore, all submissions on the Open Access Hub can be proven authentic and unaltered.
The Max Planck Society and leading not-for-profit scholarly publisher in the physical sciences AIP Publishing have signed a new Read and Publish agreement.
As a result of this transformative agreement, articles by Max Planck Society-affiliated corresponding authors accepted for publication in any AIP Publishing-owned journal will be made open access immediately upon publication without any article processing charge (APC) being billed to the author. The cost for open access publishing services will, instead, be covered by the Max Planck Digital Library, as part of the Society’s strategy to redirect subscription investments to deliver open access publishing opportunities to its scientists in the journals most relevant to them, in line with the objectives of the global Open Access 2020 Initiative.
Prof. Dr. Klaus Blaum, Vice President of the Max Planck Society’s Scientific Council for Chemistry, Physics and Technology remarked, ‘‘By signing a transformative agreement with AIP Publishing, the Max Planck Society is enabling greater visibility, impact, and potential of German research, to serve the greater good of scholarship and society. Our scientists value AIP Publishing’s portfolio of high-quality journals as a channel to openly communicate the results of their research to peers and learners everywhere.”
In addition, researchers at all Max Planck institute will have access to the content in journals published by AIP Publishing (including those published on behalf of partners) from their first publications through 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.
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.
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.
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.
You can find more info about the third parties here.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Springer Nature and Germany’s Projekt DEAL finalize world’s largest transformative open access agreement
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.
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:
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%.]
ARTiFACTS Smart Contracts Now Processing on the Max Planck Society bloxberg Trusted Research Infrastructure
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.”
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.
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.
The blockchain strategy of the German federal government: bloxberg as an example of the application of blockchain technology in science
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.
MPDL Services GmbH: Understanding has been reached with Springer Nature on world´s largest transformative open access agreement
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.
ARTiFACTS and Max Planck Society Partner to Expand Use of Blockchain Platform for Scholarly Communications
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The MPDL is happy to announce that the bloxberg whitepaper is published.
Read more @ Newsroom of the Max Planck Society!
Get the whitepaper @ bloxberg!
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,
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.
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.
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 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
Pictures: Clemens Fantur
Done DEAL: All German research articles in Wiley journals to be published open access under new transformative agreement
Germany’s Projekt DEAL and the publisher John Wiley & Sons have entered a ground-breaking transformative agreement, in line with the objectives of the Open Access 2020 initiative.This has been officially announced today in Berlin in the course of the 14th annual conference for Academic Publishing in Europe (APE).
Under this new agreement, all authors affiliated with 700 academic institutions in Germany will retain copyright and their accepted articles will be published open access in Wiley journals. Almost 10,000 articles by German researchers are published a year in Wiley journals, constituting around 9% of the publisher’s total output. The agreement also grants students and faculty read access to the full Wiley journal portfolio including backfiles starting with 1997. The national-level agreement is based on a “publish and read” model in which fees are paid by institutions—not for subscriptions but for open access publishing services.
(Guido Herrmann, Wiley and Frank Sander, MPDL)
In order to enable the signing of the DEAL contract with Wiley, the Max Planck Society, as a member of the Alliance of Science Organisations behind the DEAL Consortium, founded MPDL Services GmbH. MPDL's General Manager Frank Sander therefore co-signed the agreement today.
The agreement will be made public in a month’s time and an English-language FAQ will be released by the Projekt DEAL working group.
We are excited about our new transformative agreement with EDP Sciences for Astronomy & Astrophysics, which is the single most important journal for the Max Planck Society, as measured by output. Almost 500 papers from Max Planck authors are published in Astronomy & Astrophysics per year.
The President and scientific council members of the Max Planck Society (MPS), one of the world’s largest research performing organizations, counting 14,000 scientists who publish 12K new research articles a year—around 1500 of which in Elsevier journals, have mandated the Max Planck Digital Library to discontinue their Elsevier subscription when the current agreement expires on December 31, 2018. With this move the Society joins nearly 200 universities and research institutions in Germany who have already cancelled their individual agreements with Elsevier in the course of 2016 and 2017 and affirmed their support of the national licensing framework Projekt DEAL, led by the German Rector’s Conference.
In response to the untenably increasing cost of access to scholarly journals and, more importantly, the stifling effect of the antiquated paywall system on the research process, Projekt DEAL was established to negotiate nationwide transformative agreements as a means to transition from the current subscription system to one based on open access publishing models that enable complete and immediate access to the latest research for scholars and citizens alike, free of cost or other barriers. “DEAL is fully in line with the objectives of the OA2020 Initiative, which is strongly supported by the Max Planck Society,’ emphasized MPS President Martin Stratmann.
The transformative agreement that the DEAL negotiators propose to the major academic publishers is a “publish and read” model covering open access publication of all scholarly articles by authors affiliated with German institutions and, at the same time, grant reading access for German institutions to the publisher’s entire portfolio of electronic journals still behind paywalls.
As no sustainable offer according these fundamental criteria has been forthcoming from the publisher, negotiations with Elsevier were suspended last July. Researchers at the 200 institutions supporting the DEAL negotiations have consequently foregone access to the Elsevier platform and are broadly making use of alternative routes for their research needs. The Max Planck Digital Library has already set in place mechanisms to address the content needs of its researchers when Elsevier shuts off access at the beginning of January.
“The system of scholarly publishing today is a relic of the print era, and we want to activate a real paradigm shift in order to finally utilize the opportunities of the digital age”, says Gerard Meijer, director at Max Planck Society’s Fritz Haber Institute and a member of the DEAL negotiation team. In a strong show of support for the DEAL negotiations, 13 prominent Max Planck Society scientists resigned from their positions as editors and members of the editorial and advisory boards of Elsevier journals in 2017.
“Transformative agreements are one of the primary strategies for driving large scale transition of scholarly publishing to open access and are increasingly being adopted by the scores of international supporters of our global Open Access 2020 Initiative”, says Ralf Schimmer, Deputy General Manager of the Max Planck Digital Library. ”As both producers and consumers of the research articles circulated through their journal platforms, we have the leverage to demand a system that meets the needs of our researchers, and by adopting these transformative agreements, we will be able to achieve our Society’s goal of publishing the vast majority of our researchers’ articles open access in a matter of a few short years. We have already accomplished such deals with some of the most relevant publishers to Max Planck researchers, such as Springer Nature, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics Publishing. Further publishers will follow in 2019.”
The Max Planck Digital Library established a central transformative Open Access agreement with Oxford University Press (OUP) allowing Max Planck Members to publish Open Access in OUP’s journal collection. Open Access charges will be covered centrally by MPDL as of submission date January 1, 2019.
A strong signal to the publishers from the 14th Berlin Open Access Conference
The 14th Berlin Open Access Conference, hosted by the Max Planck Society and organized by the Max Planck Digital Library on behalf of the Open Access 2020 Initiative (oa2020.org), has just come to an end after two intense days with 170 participants from 37 countries around the world discussing where the research organizations and their library consortia stand in their negotiations with scholarly publishers in transitioning scholarly publishing to open access. The participants represented research performing and research funding organizations, libraries and government, associations of researchers and other umbrella organizations, many of them holding high-level positions at their organizations. In his welcoming address, Max Planck Society President Martin Stratmann captured the spirit of the meeting when he stated: 'Open Access is the responsibility of all of us'.
The conference brought to light strong consensus and alignment among the diverse international communities represented around the necessity of stepping up efforts to move away from the subscription-based system of scholarly publishing to open access-based business models. A major focus was placed on transformative agreements (eg “read and publish”), which were identified as perhaps the most viable instrument at the moment to accelerate the transition to open access. As it became clear from statements made by representatives from Japan, the United States, South Africa and others, that readiness to adopt this approach is now extending beyond Europe, where it originated, and is currently being adopted in several countries; in particular, this was emphasized in a bold statement from China, the nation with the largest share of research publications.
After aligning on the goals and strategies during the first day of the conference, the CEOs of the three largest publishers of scholarly journals, Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, and Springer Nature, were invited by the President of the Max Planck Society, Martin Stratmann, to discuss the global demand for transformative agreements on the second day. The message conveyed to the publishers was that the global research communities are committed to complete and immediate open access, to retaining author copyrights and to negotiating transformative agreements that are temporary, transitional, and cost-neutral as a means to shift to full open access within just a few years with the expectation that cost savings in scholarly communication will follow as market forces take hold. The publishers were called upon to move towards complete and immediate open access according to these principles.
It also came out that there is a strong alignment between the approaches taken by OA2020, Plan S, the Jussieu Call and other approaches dedicated to drive more open access into the system of scholarly communication.
Further reports will soon appear on the homepage of the 14th Berlin Open Access Conference:
Read more in the Nature News
As a keynote speaker the MPDL presented their new project bloxberg at the last Blockchain Munich Meetup. The bloxberg infrastructure is a secure global blockchain established by a consortium of leading research organizations to provide scientists worldwide with decentralized services based on the bloxberg-blockchain. It aims to foster a collaboration among the global scientific community, empowering researchers with robust, autonomous services that transcend institutional boundaries. For example, with consented transactions on the bloxberg infrastructure, research claims need not be limited to one institution alone, but can be confirmed by the whole trusted network. Additionally, researchers can also leverage bloxberg to create a transparent footprint of their work, without revealing its content.
The vision is to have sufficient representation from various scientific entities participating in the consortium, so that the network itself may replace traditional scientific infrastructure such as closed-access publishing of research results, among others.
A great deal of interest was shown by the participants who were really interested in the topic of Blockchain in Science. The MPDL’s vision was lively discussed during and after the talk.
We would like to thank everyone who joined us at the Blockchain Munich Meetup and we hope to see everyone soon!
Starting today, MPG instituts can now find all information on our Software Licensing Service online. Searching for a product or for licensing conditions? Want to know how you can benefit from the service or how it is organized? Just visit SoLi and find all information you need. Please note that the website can only be accessed from within the MPG IP-range.
Supplementing our existing agreements with open access publishers, MPDL set up a further contract with the Royal Society. Max Planck authors will now benefit from article processing charges (APCs) being covered centrally for the Royal Society’s open access journals Open Biology and Royal Society Open Science. Learn more about how we support open access publishing at:
We are piloting a new tool that, different from Google Docs, also gives authors the ability to collaborate in the article writing process and share references, figures, equations and tables--all in one environment. This new tool is called SciFlow, an authoring platform that has been expressly customized for Max Planck Society researchers. In SciFlow you will find style templates required by the journals that are most popular among MPG researchers, making it easy to format your article for submission and re-submission according to different journal requirements.
If you have not yet tried SciFlow, go to https://www.sciflow.net where you will find a dedicated Max Planck Society landing page to get started and additional information on open access publishing (access from within a Max Planck IP range required). This new tool is brought to you by the Max Planck Digital Library, your information service provider.
How can we make your work easier? MPDL would like to learn more about the tools and services you use and prefer when you are writing and publishing scientific papers, such as collaborative writing and reference sharing tools like SciFlow, authoring and language editing services, independent peer review services (not associated with a journal), or post publication research communication services. Tell us how we can make your work easier by responding to two quick questions that will help us understand the tools you find useful and what further tools you would like. We want to anticipate your needs and provide you with the best service possible.
Go to the survey:
Thank you for your time and do not hesitate to contact us.
Offsetting agreements are open access business models that offset subscription costs against publication costs. As instruments of the open access transformation they are intended to enable the transition to purely publication-based open access models. In the latest edition of the “ABI Technik” library journal, Adriana Sikora and Michael Schlachter provide an insight into the back office work with MPDL’s offsetting agreements, presenting all workflows as well as pointing out challenges and problems.
With the beginning of the year, MPDL entered in a new transformative agreement with IOP publishing. It includes access to IOP's premium journal collection IOPScience extra as well as allowing authors to publish open access in 36 selected subscription journals under a free Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY).
Munich, February, 2018 – The Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) is pleased to announce a new pilot project with Bernstein Technologies GmbH (Bernstein), which will give MPG-scientists access to the groundbreaking blockchain technology to certify their research data on the Bitcoin Blockchain.
In particular the collaboration between Bernstein and the MPDL will launch a custom version of the Bernstein web application and grant access to a selected group of users within the MPG. Using this technology Bernstein allows researchers at the MPG to create a digital trail of records of their innovation. Therefore designs, inventions and proofs of use can be registered to obtain blockchain certificates that prove ownership, existence and integrity of any IP asset. Thanks to a unique cryptographic layer all notarized information will remain entirely private.
“Being able to certify research data at any state is a big step towards proving and securing data ownership. We are happy to offer our MPG-researchers such an easy while, at the same time, secure tool to certify their research data” says Dr. Frank Sander, General Manager of the MPDL. Marco Barulli, Managing Director of Bernstein is thinking ahead and states that “the present collaboration may also evolve in the implementation of a defensive publishing service combining blockchain certificates and IPFS (InterPlanetary File System) decentralized data storage”.
Both parties believe blockchain and other decentralized technologies will have a strong impact on the way knowledge will be registered and shared in the future to the benefits of science, art, innovation and society.
Bernstein is a German startup offering blockchain-based solutions for securing intellectual property assets. It combines blockchain certifications with digital timestamps issued by official Time Stamp Authorities (TSA) in different geographies. It allows companies to create a digital trail of records of their innovation processes using blockchain technology. To learn more visit: https://www.bernstein.io/
About Max Planck Digital Library
The Max Planck Digital Library is a service unit within the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. (MPG) dedicated to the strategic planning, development and operation of the digital infrastructures necessary for providing Max Planck Institutes with scientific information, publication support and research data management services. To learn more visit: https://www.mpdl.mpg.de/
Enthusiasm for the MPDL-services is continually increasing: being invited to the MPI for Gravitational Physics (Albert-Einstein-Institute), we started our first gig this year on January, 25 in Hannover. Within the institute’s weekly meeting we presented our wide service portfolio which was very well received by the attendees. We were very happy to see that the whole space was full of people who were interested in our talk!
A big thank you goes out to Dr. Frank Ohme who invited us and also to the whole institute’s hospitality!
Initiated by several leading Max Planck researchers, Max Planck Digital Library, on behalf of the Max Planck Gesellschaft, has provided substantial support for the development of SciPost, a platinum open access publication portal in the field of physics. These funds will allow SciPost to carry out the implementation of a number of projects to enhance and broaden its services to the community.
It’s the workflows, stupid! What is required to make ‘offsetting’ work for the open access transition
A recent article by Graham Stone (Jisc) and Kai Geschuhn (MPDL) published in the British library journal UKSG Insights highlights the outcomes of two workshops organized by the Efficiencies and Standards for Article Charges initiative (ESAC) in 2016 und 2017. The paper makes the case for stronger engagement of libraries and consortia when it comes to negotiating and drafting offsetting agreements. The workshops have shown a clear need for an improvement of the current workflows and processes between academic institutions (and libraries) and the publishers they use in terms of author identification, metadata exchange and invoicing. Publishers need to invest in their editorial systems, while institutions need to get a clearer understanding of the strategic goal of offsetting. To this purpose, strategic and practical elements, which should be included in the agreements, were introduced. The paper proposes a set of recommendations for article workflows and services between institutions and publishers, based on a draft document which was produced as part of the 2nd ESAC Offsetting Workshop in March 2017. These recommendations should be seen as a minimum set of practical and formal requirements for offsetting agreements and are necessary to make any publication-based open access business model work.
Open in order to innovate!
In the theme of Open Access Week 2017, OA2020 relaunches its website with a call to libraries worldwide to divest of the traditional subscription model in order to finance innovative, sustainable business and publishing models.
A great deal of interest in a presentation of the MPDL-services was shown by the MPI for molecular Biomedicine. Therefore the MPDL was asked to present its portfolio at the MISS-seminar on October 20th. The talk at the auditorium was well-attended; also the services were lively discussed by the attendees during and after the presentation. The subsequent happy hour gave everybody a great platform to exchange further ideas.
A big thank you goes to Dr. Gabriele Bixel, the Scientific Administrator, who invited the MPDL to Münster!
On September 7th the MPDL was invited to the annual Max Planck PhDnet GöHub in Göttingen. This year the event was hosted by MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. The MPDL had the opportunity to present its services. The presentations have been met with enthusiasm by the attendees.
The Max Planck Digital Library set up an agreement with the Canadian based information provider 1science. By this, Max Planck affiliates receive access to the 1science database "1findr" which is considered to be world’s largest curated open access discovery platform.
Read 1science press release
The Max Planck Digital Library cordially invites you to participate in the Open Science Days 2016.
The event will take place at the Harnack House in Berlin and is going to extend over one and a half days (October 16/17). It is directed at researchers and specialists from inside and especially from outside the Max Planck Society who are interested in an interdisciplinary communication about Open Science.
For the upcoming event we have chosen to focus on a topic which has been immensely popular among information specialists in recent years: Open Research Data
Apart from the Open Access movement, this probably is the most prominent area of Open Science right now. Since this issue has been widely discussed at numerous conferences or workshops dealing with Open Science for quite some time now, we would like to review and take stock of the preliminary development and discussion so far.
The conference language will be English. The participation fee is 100 € and the number of participants is limited to 60 persons.
For registration and a preliminary program please visit: http://osd.mpdl.mpg.de.
The Max Planck Digital Library established a new central agreement with Open Access publisher Hindawi, allowing Max Planck authors to publish Open Access in all Hindawi journals. Open Access charges for all corresponding authors with a Max Planck affiliation will be covered centrally by MPDL as of submission date August 1, 2017.
Hindawi press release
The Open Library of Humanities is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the platform covers its costs by payments from an international library consortium, rather than any kind of author fee.
Read the OLH press release
The electronic laboratory notebook software “labfolder” is now also available via the central MPG installation https://labfolder.mpdl.mpg.de provided by the MPDL. The Data will be securely stored at the GWDG.
Basically, all Max Planck institutes and facilities of the MPG, as well as institutes and facilities, whose provider, scientific sponsor or cooperation partner is the MPG, are able to use the software.
For usage of the central MPG installation please create a new user account at https://labfolder.mpdl.mpg.de. Please be aware that during your signup you have to be inside the Max-Planck IT-infrastructure.
In addition to an account in the central MPG installation, labfolder can also be set up as an in-house service at the respective institute. Thereby, the emerging data will be stored in locally operated server environments.
For using a local labfolder installation, Max Planck researchers need to contact the in-house IT department and/or library team on-site. Cooperation with researchers outside the Max Planck Society are possible, but are potentially limited by regulations of the respective Max Planck Institutes.
[workspaz], the scientific collaboration and communication platform has been renamed due to compliance reasons. Its new name is: «collective».
The platform can now be reached under https://collective.mpdl.mpg.de. [workspaz] URLs will be redirected to the new domain.
«collective» is a customized version of the open source software Open Atrium.
The platform offers the following functionalities:
- Spaces for institutes, departments, project teams etc.
- Multiple differentiation possibilities of permission setting (public and private groups or spaces which can be structured hierarchically)
- Within your workspace you can have calendars, document sections (e. g. to make a wiki) and areas to upload and structure your files/data
- You can also start discussions and do simple project management by using the task lists tool within your workspace
The «collective» team will gladly establish a working area for you within the «collective» platform.
How to start:
- Register and contact the support
- Individualise your space
- Invite your team
- Collaborate & communicate
The American Physical Society (APS) and CERN, as the host organization of SCOAP3, have entered into an open access agreement. Under this agreement, which will be in effect come January 1st, 2018, high-energy physics (HEP) articles will be published open access at no direct costs to the authors in three of the leading APS journals (Physical Review C, Physical Review D and Physical Review Letters).
The web of citations among scientific publications builds a comprehensive knowledge network revealing many insights into the nature of science. Public access to citation data is therefore an important cornerstone for an open scholarly infrastructure. It improves the visibility of the scientific output and enables researchers, data scientists, institutions, as well as third-party providers to develop exciting services like impact analyses, discovery tools or visualizations far beyond the scope of individual publishers.
For all these reasons, the MPDL full heartedly supports the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) launching today. A growing group of publishers have already made the decision to release citation data publicly and we kindly invite all our publishing partners to join the movement by turning on reference distribution for all DOIs in Crossref.
This year, the MPG research leader network "LeadNet" has teamed up with the Max Planck Digital Library to coordinate and provide all services required for organizing the LeadNet Symposium 2017. This includes creating and updating the website, processing registration, providing administrative support with the conference venue, managing the operational budget, and promoting LeadNet through better communication between the different institutes. The idea behind this new form of cooperation between LeadNet and the MPDL is that it allows the current and future LeadNet steering committees to focus on the thematic and program aspects of the symposium.
MPDL and LeadNet are looking forward for the Symposium 2017 - a meeting from research leaders to research leaders in the MPG.
The symposium takes place in the Harnack Haouse in Berlin between the 9th and 10th of May 2017.
For more information and registration please go to the LeadNet website.
Starting 2017, the Max Planck Society established a new three-year agreement with Taylor & Francis allowing Max Planck authors to publish open access in more than 2.000 Taylor & Francis and Cogent journals offering a CC-BY license option. Publishing fees will be covered cntrally by the Max Planck Digital Library. On the same time, the agreement includes access to almost 300 Taylor & Francis journals.
Read the full Taylor & Francis press release
On March 21-22, 2017, the 13th Berlin Open Access Conference will be held in Berlin. One year after the launch of OA2020, we want to review the progress of the initiative and focus on embedding structures and measures supporting the transformation in different countries.
Day 1 is reserved for the signatories of the ‘Expression of Interest’ of OA2020 and observers from the academic community, day 2 is open to the public. On this second day, different concepts of transformation will be presented and there will be outreach to the publishing industry.
You can register for the second conference day (March 22) starting Monday, January 16 at
Please note that registration will be closed either on March 07 or if the maximum number of participants is reached.
For details regarding the conference agenda, venue and accomodation visit
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Max Planck Digital Library have signed an agreement which allows Max Planck researchers to publish their papers open access in RSC journals, which offer a CC-BY license, and access to all RSC subscription journal content. The RSC “Read & Publish” agreement, made for the first time, combines reading and open access publishing in one payment scheme. A pilot in nature, its aim is to gain experience to help prepare a framework for a sustainable model of open access publishing and access to RSC’s subscription journals.
For authors and librarians we have listed the cornerstones of the agreement on a dedicated page.
Holiday cheer and a happy new year!
The publisher Nomos and MPDL have a new central agreement for all authors of the MPG. Now MPG scientists can publish their scientific work with Nomos as a high-gloss print and in parallel as an Open Access eBook in the Nomos eLibrary. Hence the scientific work is published in a renowned journal and is immediately and permanently available online for everyone, worldwide. (Find the complete press release of Nomos. German only)
Max Planck Digital Library and labfolder GmbH concluded a central contract on the usage and installation of the browser-based, electronic laboratory notebook software labfolder for the Max Planck Society, starting on October 1, 2016. With this contract, basically all Max Planck institutes and facilities of the Max Planck Society, as well as institutes and facilities that are provider, scientific sponsor or cooperation partner of the MPG, are able to use the software. Institutes or facilities which already have a license contract with labfolder GmbH can easily migrate to the central contract. (Labfolder press release)
It has been a concern of the MPDL for quite a while to present all information and instructions regarding access to electronic resources licensed MPG-wide in a structured and appealing manner. The so-called MPDL service „Access Magic“ which includes the services „Campus Magic“ and „Travel Magic“has been summarized and re-edited on a new homepage.
The homepage, with its many hints and concise information about access, IP addresses, electronic resources, most up-to-date retrieval tools, or general background details, may be of interest not only to information and IT professionals, but also to MPG scientists.
Read more at: http://accessmagic.mpdl.mpg.de/
This week the MDPL DOI service has been integrated into Edmond - an Open Access data repository of the Max Planck Society. All registered Edmond users are now provided with a straightforward way to assign DOIs to their published datasets. The feature is available via the "Action" menu for each released collection in Edmond.
Please find more information on:
The Open Access 2020 initiative for the large-scale transition to open access - coordinated by Max Planck Digital Library - has added a frequently asked questions section about the OA transition. The FAQ address the 10 most frequently expressed questions and concerns regarding the transformation from the prevalent subscription-based publishing system to open access.
The FAQ can be found here
Today, the INTACT project has launched a new treemap-based visualization of open access publication charges paid by German and Austrian universities and research institutions. The visualization is based on the Open APC data set which is openly available on GitHub. The Open APC initiative demonstrates transparent and reproducible reporting and allows various cost analysis on fee-based open access publishing across institutions and publishers:
Yes to Open Access 2020 - but how?
Latest article in the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung about the conclusions from the EU Council Competitiveness about Open Acces in 2020 and the OA2020 initiative.
Read the article online (German only).
In November 2015, the MPI for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC) and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) signed an agreement which enables the MPI-BGC to use the MPDL DOI service to assign DOI names to datasets and documents stored in various repositories hosted by the MPI, including the TRY database. Over the past weeks, the launch was prepared by jointly developing and implementing an appropriate process: As a result, the DOI assignment can now be carried out the MPI-BGC library using an interface provided by the MPDL. All MPI-BCG DOI names will share their own DOI prefix (10.17871), followed by a repository-specific suffix.
Recently, the MPI-BGC library assigned its first DOI to a data set in the TRY database: http://doi.org/10.17871/TRY.3.
Further details about the MPDL DOI service are available on the project homepage.
Open Access 2020 - Max Planck Digital Library coordinates international initiative for the large-scale transition to open access
Open Access 2020 is an international initiative that aims to induce the swift, smooth and scholarly-oriented transformation of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to open access publishing.
On 21 March 2016, the homepage of the initiative OA2020 was launched containing also practical steps that can be taken towards the envisaged transformation. These steps are outlined in a Roadmap. The Expression of Interest has already been endorsed by more than 40 international scholarly organizations. Similar to the “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities” that was released in 2003 and has been signed by more than 550 scholarly organizations worldwide, the Expression of Interest will remain open to further signatories.
The OA2020 initiative is coordinated by Ralf Schimmer (MPDL) with a team from MPDL.
Max Planck Digital Library, Bielefeld University and Bielefeld University Library to cooperate on INTACT – A DFG funded open access infrastructure project
In October 2015, the open access infrastructure project INTACT (www.intact-project.org) has started its work. Funded by DFG, INTACT brings together three already existing initiatives which will now collaborate under one roof:
i) The Open APC platform at Bielefeld University Library collects cost information for open access article charges from university and research institutions. The constantly growing dataset is publicly available on a GitHub environment, which is integrated on the INTACT website. Currently it aggregates data with a total volume of more than 8,000,000 € for about 6,300 articles. Open APC demonstrates transparent and reproducible reporting and allows various cost analysis on fee-based open access publishing across institutions and publishers, which will be developed within the project.
ii) The working group Open Access Analytics at the "Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science" (I²SoS) at Bielefeld University focuses on bibliometric research. Within the INTACT project, OA Analytics will provide indicators about the development and distribution of open access publishing at universities and research organizations. This is complemented by publication analytics frequently performed in the context of the global open access transformation by the MPDL Big Data Analytics group.
iii) The ESAC initiative at the Max Planck Digital Library was established in 2014 to address the administrative challenges between publishers and libraries related to the management of open access article processing charges. ESAC wants to help shaping the principles and conditions of the apc based business model while partnering with publishers and libraries in order to develop good practices and guidelines.
In following these three fields of action INTACT aims at an improvement of infrastructure which is needed to ensure a transparent and efficient APC market.
“The INTACT project combines three major components which are crucial for making the transition to open access happen. I am convinced that the synergies of the INTACT project will soon speed up progress in open access infrastructure building”, says Frank Sander, General Manager of the Max Planck Digital Library. “We are pleased to further strengthen the collaboration between Bielefeld University, Bielefeld University Library and MPDL as these partners are already today well-recognized in their ability to create and provide both robust services, deep insights and advanced library concepts”, he continues.
“We are also looking forward to collaborate with the Max Planck Digital Library on this important project” states Dirk Pieper, Deputy Director of Bielefeld University Library. “It is important that universities and research organizations work closely together to foster the ongoing open access transition. The international reputation of the MPDL will help increase the visibility and relevance of our joint project.”
The next steps of INTACT will be an expert workshop on open access offsetting agreements to be held in March at the MPDL and a Bielefeld workshop for Open APC data suppliers in April.
Please find more information on:
The Max Planck Digital Library signed a new agreement with Swiss Open Access publisher MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute). As of February 22, 2016, all articles in MDPI journals by corresponding authors affiliated with Max Planck Society will be centrally covered by MPDL. The agreement also includes a 10% discount on all processing charges for articles by Max Planck corresponding authors.
MDPI is an academic open access publisher based in Basel, Switzerland, which publishes 150 peer-reviewed scientific journals. MDPI receives more than 4.2 million monthly page views and PDF downloads.
In these days, the number of the publications collected in MPG.PuRe, are breaking the 250.000 line.
In addition to the continuous submission of articles, proceedings, books and many other genres by the active institutes, this is also a sign of the successfully progressive migration. The institutes not using MPG.PuRe yet, are transferred with their data to the system. In the meantime 60 institutes collect their data with MPG.PuRe.
The numbers refer to the collection of metadata describing a publication. Only a part of these items contains a text file, as PDF for example, that is uploaded in PuRe und made publically available. Altogether almost 33000 items are attached with at least one open access file.
At the 3rd of December 2015 we upgraded MPG.PuRe with the new release of the PubMan software, 7.10. This release contains almost exclusively the new Citation Style Language Editor.
With immediate effect our users have the possiblity the choose from 1200 existing CSL-Citation Styles within the known export function.
That is not all: PuRe now has also an own citation style editor, which can be used to edit citation styles or even to create completely new new styles. This service is also linked at the area "Tools".
To use this service you need the grant to edit CoNE open vocabulary. Further information about the workflow you can find in Colab. Please note the rules for the naming of new citation styles. You can also find a screencast giving a first introduction to the use of the citation style editor.
The Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) cordially invites you to participate in the Open Science Days 2016.
The event will take place at the Harnack House in Berlin and is going to extend over one and a half days (February 17/18). It is directed at researchers and specialists from inside und especially from outside the Max Planck Society who are interested in an interdisciplinary communication about Open Science.
At the forthcoming conference, we would like to put an emphasis on one of the numerous areas of Open Science: The focus topic in 2016 will be CITIZEN SCIENCE.
The concept refers to the growing involvement of amateur or non-professional scientists in the research process. In some research fields, like e.g. environmental research, this invovlement already has become a common practice. Other research disciplines seem to be more reluctant and yet it is unclear, whether Citizien Science will be an important factor in all areas of the entire research process in the future.
The conference language will be English. The participation fee is 100 € and the number of participants is limited to 80 persons.
For registration, preliminary program and additional information please visit: http://osd.mpdl.mpg.de/.
From today on [workspaz], the scientific collaboration and communication platform is presented in a new look. It is now based upon the open source software Open Atrium, which itself is a Drupal distribution, and was defined and adapted specifically for MPG purposes. With the new Open Atrium techniques and its ready-to-use modules it is much easier to set up the favored working areas for particular groups, which can be arranged in hierarchical structure if desired. These working areas can contain features like calendar, task lists, discussion-, wiki- and information sections as well as up- und download possibilities for files.
Find out more about [workspaz] and find also the link to the [workspaz] platform in the service catalog of the MPDL.
In the latest issue of Research Europe Dr. Ralf Schimmer (head of scientific information provision, deputy of MPDL) writes about the transition process from subscription to Open Access- which is more likely to happen than ever before.
Springer and the Max Planck Digital Library have signed an agreement which allows Max Planck researchers to publish their papers open access in more than 1,600 Springer subscription journals and access to over 2,000 Springer journals in total. The Springer Compact agreement, made for the first time with a large single research institution, combines reading and open access publishing in one payment scheme. A pilot in nature, its aim is to gain experience to help prepare a framework for a sustainable model of open access publishing and access to Springer’s subscription journals.
Read more in the official press release on the MPG Website.
For authors and librarians we have listed the cornerstones of the agreement on a dedicated page.
"Let's start the transformation process to Open Access now. All together." This is the key sentece of the extensive interview Dr. Frank Sander (general manager) und Dr. Ralf Schimmer (deputy) gave to b.i.t. online- a journal on technology and innovations in libraries. It can be downloaded here. Statements in the interview are built on conclusions made in a well received MPDL-publication earlier this year, which deals with the same topic: http://dx.doi.org/10.17617/1.3.
Ralf Schimmer will also discuss the transformation process with representatives of publishers and universities on the "Frankfurter Buchmesse"- during the b.i.t. online sofa session on Wednesday, October 14- starting at 12 o'clock.
At the 10th of September 2015 the second PuRe-Day took place at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. 24 PuRe-User from several Max Planck Institutes joint the event. In the morning the user meeting took place and the upcoming new feature "Citation Style Editor" was presented. In the afternoon we held a Best-Practice-Workshop where problems and solutions resulting from the everyday work with PuRe were discussed. The last item on the agenda was a presentation of the MPG-internal CMS held by Tomasz Przedmojski form the developing company "Infopark".
The German protocol of the user meeting as well as a summary of the Citation Style Editor are available here.
At this point we also want to thank our colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies for making this event possible.
The Max Planck Digital Library cordially invites you to participate in the Open Science Days 2016.
The event will take place at the Harnack House in Berlin and is going to extend over one and a half days (February 17/18). It is directed at researchers and specialists from inside and especially from outside the Max Planck Society who are interested in an interdisciplinary communication about Open Science.
At the forthcoming conference, we would like to emphasise one of the numerous areas of Open Science: The focus topic in 2016 will be Citizen Science.
The concept refers to the growing involvement of amateur or non-professional scientists in the research process. In some research fields, like e.g. environmental research, this involvement already has become a common practice. Other research disciplines seem to be more reluctant and yet it is unclear, wether Citizen Science will be an important factor in all areas of the entire research process in the future.
The conference language will be English. Program and speakers as well as concrete information about registration will be announced soon.
For further information please visit: http://osd.mpdl.mpg.de.
Since April 2015 the MPDL is offering a DOI service including a web form which members of the MPG can use to request such a persistent identifier.
As announced, our users now have the additional option to register DOI for publications deposited in MPG.PuRe directly through the repository interface.
The new functionality was the main component of our latest PubMan release 7.9.4. This service is as well limited to members of the MPG who also have a PuRe account with moderator rights. Here you can find further information on the concrete workflow (in German).
Over the recent years the number of e-books licensed for der Max Planck Society has been increased significantly. More than 650.000 titles from publishers like Springer, Elsevier, Wiley, Oxford University Press and many others are currently available.
To help you locating your choice of e-books the new discovery interface MPG.eBooks has been launched.
In addition to high-speed searching MPG.eBooks provides several useful features for search refining, citing and sharing , e.g.:
- relevance ranking of search results
- many filtering options to modify your search results
- direct access link to the e-book in every record- "Read now!"
- export and citing options
- alerting service for your search requests via RSS
The various preliminaries have finally paid off: MPG.PuRe, the publication repository of the Max Planck Society, has officially gained OpenAIRE compliance now.
Various adjustments were necessary to meet the requirements of the OpenAIRE Guidelines 3.0.
For our users the moste prominent innovation surley is the integration of new metadata fields for "project information", among other things containing data about funding organisations or funding programs, such as Horizon2020. Further information on this topics (in German) can be found at the MPG.PuRe-Blog.
A selection of publications stored in PuRe is harvested by the OpenAIRE website and is being presented there. This refers to all publications with a publicly available full text attached or with a grant ID available within the metadata.
Users at the Max Planck Institutes thus can meet EU requests for the submission of publications within an OpenAIRE compliant repository simply by depositing their scientific output in PuRe as normal.
Today, the Max Planck Digital Library launched a homepage for its new DOI service at: http://doi.mpdl.mpg.de.
Assigning DOI names to research materials is a reliable method to improve data sharing and citation within the scientific community. The new MPDL DOI service provides Max Planck researchers with a simple process to request unique and persistent identifiers for research data and grey literature available electronically.
In this early stage, DOI namess can be requested by filling out a web form, but the service will soon be integrated into various repositories hosted by the MPDL. We also invite all Max Planck Institutes interested in assigning DOI names to objects stored in their local repository, to contact us to learn more about the service we can offer.
To request a DOI name or for further details, visit us at http://doi.mpdl.mpg.de.
A new study calculates a redeployment of funds in Open Access
The Max Planck Digital Library has put forward a study on the transformation of the subscription-driven system for scientific publications to an Open Access model. For the first time, quantitative parameters are presented showing that the liberation of scholarly literature is possible at no extra costs.
According to market analyses, annual turnovers of academic publishers amount to approximately EUR 7.6 billion. This money comes predominantly from publicly funded scientific libraries as they purchase subscriptions or licenses in order to provide access to scientific journals for their customers. Since more than a decade the Open Access movement, in which the Max Planck Society plays a major role, has been demanding free and immediate access to the results of academic research on the internet.
Open Access publishers ensure their financial sustainability through charging publication fees: Not readers but rather authors or their institutions or funders are supposed to pay for publications. While numerous publishers have already adopted an Open Access business model during the last few years, the share of openly available scientific articles is still only at a level of some 13%.
“We need to create an efficient and widely budget-neutral transition which offers fresh incentives to traditional publishers to cooperate and transfer established journals to Open Access,” says Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society.
The study which has now been presented by the Max Planck Digital Library is investigating the question whether the previously used subscription budgets would be sufficient to fund the Open Access publication charges and thus bring about a complete transition of academic publishing. The paper, entitled Disrupting the subscription journal’s business model for the necessary large-scale transformation to open access, concludes that such a transition would be possible at no extra costs. “An internationally concerted shifting of subscription budgets is possible at no financial risk, maybe even at lower overall costs”, says main author Ralf Schimmer.
The paper can be accessed on the institutional repository of the Max Planck Society (MPG.PuRe) at DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.17617/1.3
The Max Planck Digital Library is happy to announce, that the release 7.9 has been installed successfully on MPG.PuRe.
The most important feature is the OpenAIRE-enhancement. There are metadata fields for project information available now. In the upcoming weeks we will register PuRe at OpenAIRE, so that PuRe data can get harvested by OpenAIRE. Besides we implement further smaller features to make working with PubMan easier:
- New export format for citation styles: list can geht exported in docx-format.
- Advanced and Administrative Search can get triggered by enter-key.
- We removed the proposal-list from the date fields in submission and in search. To inform about the correct date format there is a placeholder and a mouseover in the date fields now.
- Adjustment in the search for files: When you search for "public" files, only files with an attachment with visibility "public" are found. External locators are not taken into account any more.
A comprehensive list with all new features can be found at our blog under the URL http://blog.pure.mpg.de/neue-funktionalitaeten-in-pubman-7-9/.
We adjusted our guide the "Wegweiser durch PubMan". It can get downloaded under https://subversion.mpdl.mpg.de/repos/smc/tags/public/PubMan/Wegweiser_durch_PubMan/Wegweiser_durch_PubMan.pdf.
We wish you furthermore a pleasant working with our "PubMan"-Software.
Bielefeld University started to aggregate data from German universities and research organizations revealing costs per article for Open Access journal publishing. Max Planck Digital Library contributed data on more than 700 Open Access articles covered out of central funds.
The participating institutions agreed to make their figures openly available via a GitHub under an Open Database License. Bielefeld University established a process to normalize data by using the CrossRef API and DOAJ.
The goal of the Open APC initiative is to demonstrate how reporting on fee-based Open Access publishing can be made more transparent and reproducible across institutions. At the moment, the dataset releases information on 1.599 articles, with total expenditure of 1.938.505 EURO. Several interesting sample visualizations have already been published on that basis. See https://github.com/OpenAPC/openapc-de
The Max Planck Digital Library is happy to announce the release of the latest version of the open source repository software eSciDoc.PubMan.
The new version is available for download here:
In the course of the release we have further adopted the PubMan installer. Furthermore, you will find an updated version of the detailed installation instructions (English and German) at the download page.
You can try out and test the PubMan functionalities on our test server (test-pubman.mpdl.mpg.de/pubman - login & password: "demo").
It's been a while since our latest open source release - so there's a set of new features included in PubMan 7.8. The main points are:
- New application server: Wildfly
- Upgrade to JSF 2.2
- A new "Administrative Search" for logged-in users allows searches for contexts or items in status "pending" or "submitted"
- The most important information for each publication are clearly arranged on a separate overview page
...and many more smaller but helpful improvements.
Finally, we would like to draw your attention to this mailing list:
This list is forum for all technical questions and problems regarding the installation of eSciDoc and PubMan.
If you have any functional questions regarding the usage of a PubMan repository or you would like to stay up-to-date with the PubMan development, this mailing list may also be interesting for you:
The PubMan Team is in charge of both of the lists - so if you have any questions or you need some help, please do not hesistate to contact us.
The Max Planck Digital Library hopes you will enjoy this new release.
On December 3rd to 4th, the first Max Planck OPEN ACCESS AMBASSADORS conference took place organized by Max Planck Digital Library in cooperation with the Max Planck PhDnet.
Who are the OPEN ACCESS AMBASSADORS? Inspired by the first satellite conference during the Berlin 11 conference series in November 2013, the idea of a novel OA-campaign within the Max Planck Society was born: To strengthen the idea of Open Access within the community of young researchers, we wanted to train early career researchers, who are sent as representatives from each Max Planck Institute to become OPEN ACCESS AMBASSADORS. They should become advocates for Open Access and Open Science in order to carry these concepts into their local research communities.
The Ambassadors’ conference was meant to be the initial spark. We were delighted at the opportunity to include the campaign in the EU project FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research). FOSTER is an European-wide training program that will help researchers, postgraduate students, librarians and other stakeholders to incorporate Open Access approaches into their existing research methodologies.
We invited young researchers from all over the Max Planck Society (more than 80 research institutes) to take part in the conference and to become an “Ambassador” for Open Access at their institutes. Invitations were made by written letters sent to the directors of each institute and announcements via posters, flyers, internet, and mailing lists. During a six weeks registration period more than 70 “Ambassadors” applied and were confirmed. Applications came from more than 40 different Max Planck Institutes. Within the registration process, we asked the young researchers why they want to become an Ambassador for Open Access. We thereupon received many well-conceived and dedicated statements which we published in excerpts on the Ambassadors’ website at http://oambassadors.mpdl.mpg.de/open-access-ambassadors/.
The conference program was designed to include talks as well as workshop elements. We were lucky to win international Open Access experts over to speak at the conference like Nobel laureate Randy Schekman, PhD Erin McKiernan, Nick Shockey from the Right to Research Coalition, and Professor Björn Brembs from Regensburg University.
The first day’s focus was on researchers’ perspectives on Open Access. Erin McKiernan presented a very personal view on the topic by depicting her experiences she made as a researcher in Puerto Rico and Mexico. Coming from a well-resourced university in the US, she hasn't been aware of the fact that access to scientific information resources is expensive- so expensive that in Latin America, digital subscriptions to important research magazines are often simply unaffordable.
According to Björn Brembs, pay barriers are only one part of the current problems of scientific publishing. Other factors like the power of the Journal Impact Factor (IF) which is still crucial for research assessment, for scientific careers and funding applications are also difficult to change. Brembs unrolled some studies declaring the Impact Factor to be mathematically unsound and untransparent in terms of its calculation. Moreover, he stressed that there is an overall infrastructure crises within science taking into consideration the deficiencies in scientific data and software management.
Nobel laureate Randy Schekman gave a powerful dinner talk that made up the highlight of the conference. Schekman introduced eLIFE, where he is Editor-in-Chief. eLIFE is an Open Access journal publishing outstanding research in the life sciences and biomedicine. He explained how eLIFE has started to improve the scientific peer review process and why the journal declines to get an Impact factor. His dinner talk was followed by a nice conference party made possible by generous support of several sponsors.
The second day started with an opening speech by Mark Patterson, being the Managing Executive Editor at eLIFE. Patterson is a longstanding expert in the scientific publishing business. Again, Impact Factor and research assessment were in the focus of this talk; beyond that however, Patterson revealed a broad spectrum of potentialities for reuse and dissemination of scientific information in the digital age while introducing some promising new approaches in scholarly publishing as well as new ways of outreach assessment like Article Level Metrics.
Patterson's talk was followed by a session where seven scholarly publishers introduced their concepts of Open Access publishing. A more workshop-like part was the concluding part of the conference. PhD Meredith Niles from Harvard University gave a strong presentation on how to advocate Open Access at one’s institution, how to speak to advisors and colleagues about it. Above all, she said, it is important to be clear about individual motivations. “Why do you care?” Niles asked the Ambassadors and invited them to explain their personal “open stories” to their seatmates. Ross Mounce from the University of Bath subsequently gave an overview on the benefits of data and content mining as well as on copyright barriers that unfortunately often limit such a reuse.
To make sure that the Ambassadors can put Open Access into practice we completed the session with presentations on services and tools for Open Access publishing and data management at Max Planck. Institutional funding options for OA publications, Max Planck's institutional publication repository MPG.PuRe and the Max Planck Society research data repository Edmond were introduced to the Ambassadors.
More than 70 early career researchers (PhDs and Postdocs) have attended the two days conference. They were representing all discipline sections of the Max Planck Society namely Biology & Medicine, Chemistry, Physics & Technology, and Humanities & Social Sciences. We learned that the attendees have already been equipped with a lot of previous knowledge on Open Access and Open Science. They were enthusiastic about the topic: lots of questions were addressed to the speakers which started lively discussions.
Particular concerns have been expressed regarding questions of career-building in science and the felt pressure to publish in journals with high Impact Factors rather than to opt for Open Access journals. We hope that by building up the Ambassadors’ network there will be more awareness for this dilemma that young researchers are facing.
All conference presentations have been made available online at http://oambassadors.mpdl.mpg.de/programm/ as well as on the FOSTER portal under an open license. These materials now serve as a comprehensive resource that can be reused and adapted by the Ambassadors as they are going to set up their own local advocacy programs as well as by anybody else. We are going to accompany and support the activities of the Ambassadors in 2015 and hoping to establish a strong and lively network of advocates.
by Kai Geschuhn, Max Planck Digital Library
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Max Planck Authors can publish free in ScienceOpen during 2015
Max Planck Digital Library has signed an agreement with Elsevier for a new eBooks model. During an initial period of 12 months, almost 13.000 Elsevier eBooks from more than 20 subject areas will be accessible to all Max Planck Society institutions on the ScienceDirect platform or on the MPG eBooks catalog. At the end of this initial period, a number of eBooks will be selected for perpetual access, primarily based on usage in the previous months.
The conference is over – and we would like to take a brief look back at the first Open Science Days.
The event, being organized by the MPDL, was held at Max Planck Society's Harnack House in Berlin on 13/14 October. We were delighted to welcome about 45 international participants. In attendance were researchers and specialists from various institutions from in and outside of Germany.
We have tried to recruit speakers representing the whole variety of Open Science. This really worked well and we were able to present a packed program covering a big range of topics.
Another objective of the Open Science Days was bringing together experts from all kinds of disciplines and institutions in order to give room for personal dialog. This opportunity was very well adopted by all participants so we have seen a lot of discussion and exchange apart from the official program in the pleasant atmosphere of the Harnack House.
For all who missed the Open Science Days or those who want to review the given presentations, the material is available here.
We brought a lot of valuable impressions back to Munich and we would like to give a short summary of some of the presentations:
On Monday noon the conference was opened with an inspiring keynote by François Bry of the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich. His talk was a reflection on the "gifts of openness" and on the improvements which all forms of openness can imply for science itself as well as for higher education. Prof. Bry stated that the concept of openness perfectly fits to the "gift economy" already established in the minds of today's students. On the other hand, one of the greatest chances of openness for universities lies in the tracking and analysis of user requests (footprints). In this context, Prof. Bry argued in favor of the establishment of a "libertarian paternalism" in higher education.
Michael Hanke who heads the Psychoinformatics lab at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, told us about Open Data in Neuroscience. Talking about motivation and benefits of openness for researchers, such as transparency, accessibility, reproducibility and responsibility, he pointed out that it's important to make researchers aware of the concrete benefits resulting from open data ("what's in for me?").
After that, Mr Hanke gave a report on his project which included the collection of a high-resolution functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) dataset from test persons listening to the 2 h audio movie "Forrest Gump". Research data has been made publicly available and, though there isn't any concrete result yet, this approach seems to be very promising.
Isabella Peters (ZBW Kiel) provided an overview on the current status regarding altmetrics. Focusing on social media Prof. Peters stated that altmetrics tend to be more an extension to existing evaluation systems – not necessarily a replacement for them. It became clear that a huge amount of data is available in connection with social media and this data already is relevant in several ways.
In this context Prof. Peters pointed out that it will be important to understand and to thoroughly analyze this data set deriving from social media usage – for today, it still is unclear what many of the findings could exactly mean to research evaluation and future "impact" measurement.
On Tuesday the first session started with a comprehensive talk by Geoffrey Boulton of the University of Edinburgh / The Royal Society on the impact of openness on science.
Prof. Boulton illustrated how the traditional way of how research is conducted has been changed by a "data storm" resulting from today's research practice. Those masses of data imply both challenges and opportunities to the future of science. A fundamental challenge is the provision of replicability and therefore credibility of scientific results by having all data relevant to a publication published in an electronic database. On the other hand, open communication of data offers benefits such as faster response to emergencies, deterrence of fraud or malpractice and a faster and more effective response to many of today's challenges like climate change or energy issues.
A compulsory precondition for obtaining benefits from openness is that it comes as "intelligent openness" which means that data are discoverable, accessible, intelligible, assessable and re-usable.
An exciting report on concepts of and experiences with Citizen Science was provided by Jaume Piera from the European Citizen Science Association. Mr Piera, among other things, was talking about the CITCLOPS project which is dedicated to a community-based environmental (ocean and coastal) monitoring using own devices, such as smart phones as sensors. Interested lay persons are provided with simple devices for data acquisition, such as "Secchi discs" for measuring water transparency or scales helping with the determination of color shades. This equipment can even be supplemented by sensor buoys using low cost hardware.
This approach puts marine scientists in a position to collect and analyze large amounts of data which they would never have been able to acquire on their own.
These are just a few examples of all exciting talks given at Harnack House. We enjoyed the substantial input by our speakers as well as the lively contribution by the participants. Having these impressions in mind we really look forward to the next Open Science Days.
For further information see also
Are you looking for a comprehensive overview over databases and fulltext collections available to MPG researchers? Check out MPG.ReNa, the recently released Resource Navigator for the Max Planck Society.
This service provides descriptions for more than 500 information resources, covering a large range of subscribed ejournal and ebook collections, reference and fulltext database as well as library catalogs and further web resources available free of charge. Consequently, MPG.ReNa is a good entry point to discover the scope of your own institute's resources as well as the entire MPG collection.
MPG.ReNa features include:
- A-Z list for browsing the complete set of resource descriptions
- institute specific resource recommendations compiled by your local library
- alerting service for resources via RSS
Feedback or suggestions are welcome via our contact form.
We are delighted to present to you the program for the imeji Day 2014.
The imeji Day will include a wide range of issues that were brought to the imeji community during last year. In addition to a general introduction part at the beginning of the first day, the lectures will be divided into three sessions:
Session 1: imeji as part of a research infrastructure
Session 2: Reports
Session 3: imeji technology - How To
The detailed program can be found on our website. Skip to registration click here.
Of course we have also scheduled time for discussions between the presentations and during breaks in order to clarify individual questions or to discuss new opportunities for potential cooperation. General information on the imeji software is available on our homepage imeji.org, as well as an overview of the functionalities.
We look forward to see you!
We are pleased to announce a new Open Access agreement with PeerJ, which entitles any Max Planck author to publish their research in PeerJ at no cost to themselves.
With this announcement, thousands of authors in over 80 Max Planck institutes now have the ability to publish their peer-reviewed articles in PeerJ without needing to pay a fee. This publishing plan enables to automatically purchase ‘Enhanced Plans’ for accepted authors, meaning that those individuals will benefit from the ability to publish freely for life with PeerJ thereafter (at the level of 2 articles per year).
Kai Geschuhn from the Max Planck Digital Library said “With PeerJ we are expanding our portfolio of central Open Access agreements to include a publisher striking a new path in peer review. At the same time, PeerJ represents a new Open Access business model offering a high quality publishing platform at minimum cost“.
“We are pleased to see the commitment of a major research organization like Max Planck to the PeerJ model,” adds our co-founder Pete Binfield, “Open Access publications are more visible and help fulfil the desire of funders to disseminate their output as widely as possible. As such, PeerJ represents one of the most cost-effective ways for a funder to help their authors to publish in a high quality open access venue.”
Making its scientists’ research findings available for the benefit of the whole of humanity, free of charge whenever possible, is a key aspiration of the Max Planck Society. The Society joins over 40 universities world-wide, such as Stanford, Berkeley, Cambridge, Duke, Amsterdam, and University College London who have already made funds available for their faculty to take advantage of PeerJ memberships.
PeerJ emphasizes research integrity; high ethical standards; constructive peer-review; exemplary production quality; and leading edge online functionality. The journal is indexed by PubMed, PubMed Central (PMC), Scopus and Google Scholar. There is an Editorial Board of over 860 world class researchers, and a 20-member Advisory Board which includes 5 Nobel Laureates. In addition, PeerJ authors benefit from the ability to publish unlimited articles in PeerJ PrePrints.
Beim Joint IFLA CLM & EBLIDA Satellite Meeting referierte Thomas Hartmann (Max Planck Digital Library und Max Planck Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb) am 14.08.2014 in Strasbourg. Sein Vortrag "Sales law for e-books? After the CJEU's leading case UsedSoft" analysierte vor allem die neue Rechtsprechung für digitale Güter und deren Bedeutung für das Lizenzmanagement in Bibliotheken und für Publikationsmärkte. Dabei ging er auch auf die strategische Bedeutung von Open Access ein. Anschließend diskutierte er mit TeilnehmerInnen aus den verschiedenen Staaten weiter die Musterprozesse und Gesetzesinitiativen für ein "digitales Verleihrecht" der Bibliotheken (e-lending) sowie die Einflüsse von Cloud- und Shared-Diensten.
- Fachartikel "Weiterverkauf und Verleih online vertriebener Inhalte" (GRURInt 2012, S. 980-989) zum Thema
Thomas Hartmann (MPDL und MPI IP) nach seinem Vortrag mit Victoria Owen (Chair IFLA Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters und Head Librarian at the University of Toronto Scarboroug) im Palais du Rhin/Strasbourg
We are very happy to kindly invite you to the imeji Day 2014. This year the imeji Day will be located in Berlin (Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum) from October 20 about noon till October 21st about noon. We are looking forward to see you and want to initiate and deepen discussions around the imeji software.
More information will be anounced soon on our imeji website.
MPDL supports the protest against the new set of licenses by the Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers
Global Coalition of Access to Research, Science and Education Organizations calls on STM to Withdraw New Model Licenses
The Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers has recently released a set of model licenses for research articles. In their current formulation, these licenses would limit the use, reuse and exploitation of research.There are many issues with these licenses, but the most important is that they are not compatible with any of the globally used Creative Commons licenses. For this reason, we call on the STM Association to withdraw them and commit to working within the Creative Commons framework.
Together with a growing number of signatories, the Max Planck Digital Library shares a vision in which scholarly knowledge is a common good, a resource for the whole of humanity. This means more than just allowing the public access to research outputs, it means making research available in a way that allows its integration with the rest of human knowledge. It means making the resources arising from research and from wider public activities interoperable.
The Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers has recently released a set of model licenses for research articles. In their current formulation, these licenses would limit the use, reuse and exploitation of research. They would make it difficult, confusing or impossible to combine these research outputs with other public resources and sources of knowledge to the benefit of both science and society. There are many issues with these licenses, but the most important is that they are not compatible with any of the globally used Creative Commons licenses. For this reason, we call on the STM Association to withdraw them and commit to working within the Creative Commons framework.
The Creative Commons licenses are the de facto global standard for providing users with legal confidence of their rights to reuse content. They are not perfect, but they have been applied to over a billion resources by millions of authors. Creative Commons licenses are the preferred option supported by major content platforms and Open Access publishers. They are recommended by governments in Australia, Europe, the United States and elsewhere. If research outputs are to be a first class citizen of the web then they should use the same licenses.
Using the STM model licenses would make the research literature legally incompatible with hundreds of millions of Creative Commons licensed pictures on Flickr, videos on YouTube, articles on Wikipedia and across the web. Not all Creative Commons licenses allow all forms of use, and not all are compatible with Wikipedia but all Creative Commons licenses use common terms and a common and established legal framework. By contrast, the STM model licenses will increase costs for all stakeholders by creating legal uncertainty that can only be resolved by legal action, probably in multiple jurisdictions. Confusion and inconsistency are not in the long term interests of any stakeholder.
A global coalition – which includes funders, institutions, publishers, curators and the users of public resources – call on the STM Association to withdraw the model licenses. They share a positive vision of enabling the flow of knowledge for the good of all. A vision that encompasses a world in which downstream communicators and curators can use research content in new ways, including creating translations, visualizations, and adaptations for diverse audiences. There is much work to do but the Creative Commons licenses already provide legal tools that are easy to understand, fit for the digital age, machine readable and consistently applied across content platforms.
The list of signatories is available online here.
Forschungskoordinatoren der MPG diskutieren zusammen mit der Max Planck Digital Library über den digitalen Wandel in der Forschung.
Schloss Ringberg am Tegernsee bot genau die richtige Atmosphäre, um sich abgeschiedenen vom Forschungs – und Managementalltag intensiv mit dem Brennpunkt „digitaler Fortschritt und seine Herausforderungen“ auseinander zu setzen. Ein Themengebiet, welches zunehmend im Fokus steht, oft jedoch zu kurz kommt. Innerhalb eines drei-tägigen Symposiums im April 2014 konnten Koordinatoren sowie Referenten der Instituts-, bzw. Geschäftsleitung verschiedenster Max Planck Institute ihre Erfahrungen austauschen und sich mit externen Gästen aus Forschung und Wirtschaft beraten.
Am Ende durfte sogar „gemurmelt“ werden: Zwölf Themenbrennpunkte konnten durch die Vergabe von Murmeln priorisiert werden. Ganz oben stand der Wunsch nach jährlichen Koordinatoren-Treffen zu digitalen Services, gefolgt von dem Anliegen nach einer Informationsplattform MPG-weiter Serviceangebote sowie nach Research Data Management innerhalb der MPG.