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12/2022

RDMO verfügt nun über eine Vorlage für das Verfassen von Software-Managementplänen (SMP), was den nachhaltigen Gebrauch von wissenschaftlicher Software fördert.  

Die beiden Begriffspaare Software und Nachhaltigkeit werden mittlerweile in vielen Institutionen weltweit diskutiert. Daher hat die MPDL diese SMP-Vorlage für die RDMO-Software mit einem CC0-Waiver an die RDMO-Community freigegeben. Mit der Software-Management-Plan-Vorlage wird Forschungssoftware aus Sicht des Projektmanagements betrachtet und erleichtert die Konzeption, Implementierung und langfristige Verfügbarkeit wesentlich. Vorteil eines im Vorfeld ausgefüllten SMPs ist der explizite Umgang mit der entstehenden Software, unterstützt durch dokumentierte Informationen. Dadurch wird deutlich, welche Aspekte des Projekts noch nicht gelöst oder abgedeckt sind.

Nachhaltigkeit, Reproduzierbarkeit und Nachnutzbarkeit sind Schlagwörter, die auch im Kontext von Forschungssoftware verwendet werden. Im Einklang mit dem Open-Source-Gedanken hoffen wir auf möglichst viele Nachnutzende und einen konkreten Mehrwert für andere.

Die Vorlage für einen Software-Management-Plan richtet sich mit ihren vielfältigen Hilfstexten zuerst an Wissenschaftler*innen. Darüber hinaus kann sie ebenso durch Software-, Informations- und Infrastrukturexper*innen für die Beratung, bei Projektanträgen oder Bedarfsanalyse genutzt werden. Max-Planck-Wissenschaftler*innen und ihre Kooperationspartner*innen können die SMP-Vorlage über den RDMO-Service der MPDL nutzen. Alle anderen können das Template in ihrer eigenen Instanz verwenden.

Weitere Infos:

SMP-Vorlage im RDMO-Service

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11/2022

Diesen Monat freuen wir uns, unseren KEEPER Service zu feiern – das Kooperationstool zum Synchronisieren, Teilen und Archivieren von Daten. Seit nun fünf Jahren bietet KEEPER seinen Nutzer*innen zahlreiche Funktionen für Kollaboration und Datenmanagement, die den täglichen Arbeits- und Forschungsalltag erleichtern. Mehr als 4000 Nutzer, 145,3 TB genutzter Speicherplatz und etwa 65,5 Millionen Uploads zeigen den Einfluss auf den täglichen Arbeitsablauf der Wissenschaftler*innen, Mitarbeiter*innen und Kooperationspartner*innen der MPG. Wir freuen uns auf viele weitere Jahre organisierter Forschungsdaten. Happy Birthday, you are a real KEEPER!

Weitere Infos:

KEEPER

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11/2022

The Max Planck Society and Brill have established a new collaboration on Open Access for books. Within this new agreement, Brill offers a discount on the book and chapter publication charge for all affiliates of the Max Planck Institutes. Coordinated by the Max Planck Digital Library, 50% of the book or chapter publication charge is funded centrally. The other 50% of the Open Access costs are funded by the applicable Max Planck Institute.

This extensive agreement covers not only monographs and edited volumes, but also individual chapters from Max Planck-affiliated authors to any Brill volume. All 86 Max Planck Institutes are eligible, and the agreement runs for three years, until October 2025.

Dr. Ralf Schimmer, Head of Information at the Max Planck Digital Library, comments: “With this agreement we respond to the articulated demands of our researchers and offer a new opportunity to publish their research results in Open Access. We acknowledge the commitment of Brill to finding pathways to more openness in the system and are very pleased to collaborate with this distinguished publisher.” 

Read the full announcement

Information for authors

11/2022

The fifth bloxberg summit took place as a hybrid conference in Protaras, Cyprus, from October 26-27. This time the annual Consortium meeting was organized for the fifth time in a row by the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) in collaboration with the University of Nicosia, one of the bloxberg founders. The meeting was hosted at the Sunrise Pearl Hotel by the University of Nicosia. At this bloxberg summit, the decision on founding the bloxberg Association for the Advancement of Science and Blockchain e.V. under German legislation was finalized. The Association has been established with an in-person signing ceremony by 13 founding members with eleven research organizations and two individual members. Please see the press release for more information on the summit.

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We are looking forward to the next summit! This time the summit is going to be hosted in Belgrade, Serbia, by the Faculty of Organizational Sciences of the University of Belgrade, a founding member of bloxberg.

For more info:

Press Release Fourth bloxberg Summit

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10/2022

Wir freuen uns mitteilen zu dürfen, dass es zu den MPDL-Services im Forschungsdatenmanagement ein neues Poster gibt. Es bietet einen Überblick zu den unterschiedlichen Angeboten und Diensten, welche die Max Planck Digital Library den Kollegen und Kolleginnen der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft und ihren Kollaborationspartnern zur Verfügung stellt. Zentral sind dabei acht Services, die auf dem Plakat samt Serviceadressen kurz vorgestellt werden. Das Poster kann in Druckqualität online abgerufen werden. Falls Sie für Ihr Max-Planck-Institut eine gedruckte Version möchten, wenden Sie sich bitte an unseren RDM-Support.

Weitere Infos:

RDM Plakat

RDM Website

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10/2022

As part and initiator of the bloxberg blockchain – the consortium for the advancement of science and blockchain – we are happy to announce the brand new bloxberg homepage!

With the consortium growing steadily for four years, the new bloxberg homepage is not only getting a fresh look and update but also many new features. Learn about bloxberg’s mission, check out all Consortium members on an interactive world map, discover the developer’s hut and get to know all scientific bloxberg applications that can help ease researchers' daily work.

More info:
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09/2022

Der MPDL Servicekatalog hat ein neues Facelift bekommen. Es ist nun möglich, in drei Kategorien zu filtern: Publishing & Reading, Software & Data Services, und Strategic Services. Neue Servicekacheln und neue Texte geben schnell Auskunft darüber, wie der Service den täglichen Workflow erleichtert und bei der Forschung unterstützt. Die neue Struktur vereinfacht die Navigation durch die zahlreichen Dienste der MPDL. Die Inhalte reichen von wissenschaftlichen Datenbanken sowie einer Fülle von Open-Access-Publikationsdiensten bis hin zu einer Blockchain für die Wissenschaft. Der neue Katalog ist ab sofort verfügbar! Hier geht es zum neuen Research Service Catalog.

Bei Fragen steht unser MPG-City-Service unter der Hotline +49 (0) 89 909311-243 (Montag bis Freitag 7:00-19:00 Uhr) oder unter der E-Mail Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! zur Verfügung.

 

Weitere Infos:

Research Service Catalog

08/2022

Our Minerva Messenger aims to provide a great user experience, so the newest server upgrade comes with new functionalities such as voice calling and screen sharing. These share functions make communication in channels more accessible and efficient – with a click of a button, you can join up to three participants in a voice call.
Another available feature is Insights, offering an overview of the most important activities within your Minerva Messenger workspace. Additionally, a message formatting toolbar has been implemented, allowing you to change text appearance, react with emojis and add hyperlinks. Collapsed reply threads to keep your conversations organized are finally available.
The upgrade also fixed minor security level bugs and functionality placements.

More Info:

Minerva Messenger Upgrade Details

06/2022

Datenmanagement wird für Drittmittelanträge zunehmend wichtiger. Besonders auf europäischer Ebene steigen hierfür die Anforderungen. Um hierbei zu unterstützen, stellt der MPDL-Service RDMO for MPG einen Fragenkatalog zum Datenmanagement für Horizon Europe zur Verfügung.

Über diesen Katalog lässt sich das Datenmanagement für Horizon Europe-Projekte und ERC-Grants organisieren. Damit können beispielsweise Datenmanagementpläne (DMP) erstellt werden. Ebenso kann am datenspezifischen Projektmanagement kollaborativ gearbeitet werden.

Weitere Infos:

RDMO for MPG

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06/2022

Edmond now offers new preview features for different file formats. All file types, without any restriction, can be published with Edmond, the Open Data Repository for the Max Planck Society. In order to view the content of individual files more quickly, different previews are now available directly on Edmond’s user interface.

With the brand new ZIP previewer, Edmond now automatically displays the folder structure including files of a ZIP archive. At the same time, individual files can also be downloaded from the ZIP archive, so that it is no longer necessary to download the entire ZIP file. This gives users a quicker insight into the published research data.

Furthermore, Edmond now also supports the preview of several individual file formats in the browser. This preview applies especially to various text and image formats, pdf files but also audiovisual formats (MP3 & MP4).

More info:

Edmond Repository

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06/2022

This new plugin enables end-to-end encryption (E2EE) in Minerva Messenger, aiming to authenticate, encrypt, and decrypt messages on the users’ configured devices.

Have you been looking for a safe way to communicate important matters, data, or research findings with your peers and external collaboration partners, without possibly disclosing information? Then this new plugin may be just the thing you were looking for. End-to-end encryption (E2EE) is a method of secure communication that keeps your data safe while it is being transferred from one end system or device to another.

The encrypted message can only be read on one platform after setting the current channel in encryption mode. For instance, if you start the E2EE on the Minerva Messenger, desktop client, you will not be able to read old encrypted messages via browser. Therefore, this end-to-end plugin could be sufficient for the needs of the lab work in which several team members may use a shared device. While chatting with the private key on your personal device, other users will not be able to read your old messages from a public laptop. 

More info:

Minerva Messenger End-to-End Encryption (E2EE) Plugin

05/2022

The fourth bloxberg Summit took place as a hybrid conference on Mai 3 – 4, 2022, at the LABS workspace at 90 High Holborn building in London. The bloxberg Summit is the annual meeting of the bloxberg Consortium, organized for the fourth time in a row by the MPDL and was hosted by UCL this time.
The bloxberg Consortium discussed four main proposals, which led to groundbreaking changes for the research network. These significant decisions revolved around its legal entity, governance model, tokenomics, and the architecture of the bloxberg infrastructure. Please see the press release for more information on the Summit.

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It has been an exceptional event with fruitful discussions in the center of London with over 25 research organizations from all over the world.
We are excited for the next Summit, which will be taking place October 26-27, 2022. This time the Summit is going to be hosted in Protaras, Cyprus, by the University of Nicosia, a founding member of bloxberg.

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For more info:

Press Release Fourth bloxberg Summit

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05/2022

Springer Nature has signed its largest institutional OA book deal with the Max Planck Society through the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL). The agreement covers all Springer Nature book imprints, across a broad range of disciplines, providing OA funding to affiliated authors from over 80 Max Planck Institutes. 

The initial three-year agreement, live as of 1st January 2022, will enable authors from all 86 Max Planck Institutes to receive a discount on the standard Book Publishing Charge (BPC) to publish their book OA. MPDL will contribute central funding toward the coverage of the discounted BPC, lowering the costs for authors even further. The discount and funding will be available across all of the publisher's book imprints, under a CC BY licence, ensuring their work is freely accessible and discoverable to all communities across science, technology, medicine, the humanities and social sciences. They will be available to readers around the world via Springer Nature's content platform SpringerLink. 

Ralf Schimmer, Head of Information at the MPDL, commented:

“In establishing this new agreement with Springer Nature, we further advance one of our core missions - to support our authors in the dissemination of their research beyond the restrictions of paywalls. By covering a significant share of the open access book publication costs, we are enabling more of our authors to publish their work openly, increasing readership and impact, in particular for those disciplines where books play a crucial role in the scholarly communication process.”

Read the full announcement

Information for authors

04/2022

Auf Initiative mehrerer Max-Planck-Institute unterstützt die MPDL die „Peer Community in Registered Reports“ mit einer Einmalzahlung über 5.000 Euro für die Weiterentwicklung der Plattform.

Die Peer Community In (PCI) Initiative ist eine nicht kommerzielle Plattform für die kostenlose Veröffentlichung von Preprints für den Peer-Review. Die Plattform wird von Forschenden betrieben, deren Ziel es ist, über den gegenseitigen Review und Empfehlungen jeweils eine fachspezifische Community zu bilden. PCI stellt dafür die Infrastruktur zur Verfügung, die von den einzelnen Communities betrieben werden. Peer Community in Registered Reports (PCI RR) ist eine neue Plattform, auf der Registered Reports aus den Bereichen Medizin, Gesellschafts- und Geisteswissenschaften bearbeitet werden.

RRs sind eine Form von empirischen Artikeln, bei denen Studienvorschläge von Fachkollegen geprüft und vorab angenommen werden, bevor der Forschungsprozess durchgeführt wird. Da die Entscheidung, welche Artikel veröffentlicht werden, auf der Grundlage der Fragestellung und der vorgeschlagenen Methoden getroffen wird, bieten RRs eine Lösung für eine Reihe von Verzerrungen in der Forschung, einschließlich Publikations- und Berichtsverzerrungen.

Weitere Infos:

PCI Initiative

PCI Registered Reports

PCI YouTube Channel

 

04/2022

Auf Initiative mehrerer Max-Planck-Institute unterstützt die Max Planck Digital Library den Preprint-Server PsyArXiv über einen Zeitraum von zunächst drei Jahren mit einer jährlichen Zahlung von 1.000 USD. PsyArXiv ist ein nicht-kommerzieller Preprint-Server für alle psychologischen Disziplinen und der für eine wachsende Zahl von Forschenden in der MPG ein wichtiges Werkzeug für die Vorabveröffentlichung von Forschungsarbeiten ist und daher vielfach genutzt und geschätzt wird.

Mehr informationen zu PsyArXiv hier.

03/2022

The Max Planck Society and IOP Publishing (IOPP) have established a new, unlimited, transformative open access (OA) agreement. The three-year agreement lifts all limitations for Max Planck authors, enabling them to publish all of their articles accepted for publication in IOPP’s full portfolio of 18 fully OA journals and 56 hybrid OA titles openly, with no author-facing article-processing charges.

Thanks to this agreement, the new research produced by the Society's scientists, selected and peer reviewed in IOPP journals will be freely and immediately accessible to scholars everywhere.

The new agreement makes it easier for Max Planck authors to publish open access, as the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) covers OA publishing fees centrally, omitting the need for authors to validate the availability of OA publishing funds. Additionally, the new agreement extends all previous reading rights to IOPP journal content.

Julian Wilson, Sales and Marketing Director at IOP Publishing says: “Continuing our valued partnership with the Max Plank Society supports our vision of making universal access to physics research a reality. We know that these agreements encourage greater uptake of OA publication. In fact, in 2021, 65% of research from authors affiliated with the Max Planck Society was published OA with us. We now have transformative agreements with 242 institutions in 14 countries and see them as key to accelerating the open access transition. We will continue to proactively secure these agreements in an inclusive and equitable way.”

Ralf Schimmer, Head of Information and Deputy Director of MPDL says: “IOPP is one of the ten most relevant publishers for Max Planck scientists, in terms of where they choose to publish their articles. Through this new agreement, the Max Planck Society can provide  authors with the opportunity to reach the broadest possible readership for their articles and fully implement its OA2020 strategy, repurposing former subscription fees to support open access publishing, thereby contributing to the broader open access transition in scholarly communication.”

Read the full announcement 

03/2022

Bibliotheken habe eine zentrale Rolle in der Open Access-Transformation. Vor allem die Erwerbungsabteilungen der wissenschaftlichen Bibliotheken stehen dabei vor einigen Herausforderungen: Budgets sollen so geplant werden, dass sie die Open Access-Publikationskosten der Einrichtung möglichst umfassend decken. Dabei gilt es abzuschätzen, wie sich das Publikationsaufkommen einer Einrichtung entwickelt und welche Kosten außerhalb der Bibliothek für das wissenschaftliche Publizieren anfallen. Verlage und Konsortien bieten neue Vertragsmodelle an, die bewertet werden müssen und viele der gewohnten Geschäftsgänge verändern sich oder müssen erst neu etabliert werden.

Im Nachgang zu einem Webinar zum Thema Transformation und Erwerbung, das die MPDL Services gGmbH in 2021 in der Reihe der DEAL Praxis-Webinare organisiert hatte, haben sich sechs interessierte Bibliothekar*innen aus unterschiedlichen Einrichtungen zusammengetan, um das vorhandene Fachwissen zum Thema zusammenzutragen und systematisch aufzuarbeiten. Die MPDL war mit Kai Geschuhn als eine der beiden Hauptautorinnen federführend an der Erarbeitung des 50 Seiten umfassenden Praxisleitfaden „Open Access ermöglichen“ beteiligt, der jetzt – natürlich Open Access unter einer CC-BY-Lizenz – veröffentlicht wurde. Das Autor*innen-Team möchte mit dem Leitfaden einen praxisorientierten Beitrag zur aktuellen Diskussion um die Open Access-Transformation liefern, die eigenen Erfahrungen mit Fachkolleg*innen teilen, und die Bibliotheksgemeinschaft dazu einladen, das gemeinsame Fachwissen kontinuierlich zu erweitern.

Link zur Veröffentlichung: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6090208

03/2022

It’s that time again: our messaging service Minerva Messenger has new exciting features you shouldn’t miss!
Next to upgraded integrations, we are presenting you new features like Boards, which is a project management tool that will help you track and manage your work across teams. In addition, with Playbooks, we are happy to present you with a feature you can use for staying in command with integrated communication, collaboration, and status dashboards to manage your entire workflow lifecycle. Last but not least, we made some cosmetic changes: You can now adjust a new & improved user interface to your personal preference.

Go here and check out our new Knowledge Base for more detailed information. You can learn more about Minerva Messenger or get in touch with us and submit your request via the new platform! We are looking forward to chatting with you on Minerva Messenger!

02/2022

Edmond – the Open Research Data Repository of the Max Planck Society has received a major update. We have replaced the old software solution of Edmond with the Dataverse software.

Dataverse is an open-source software, which is driven by a worldwide community and was initiated at Harvard University. Thanks to this new software and functions, Edmond has to offer many new features. Some of them include:

  • A single-sign-on (SSO) for all Max Planck employees – available now
  • There is no storage quota for users anymore
  • The upload of huge single file sizes is possible
  • A new user interface makes working with Edmond even more comfortable
  • With DOI, ORCID, and ROR three different types of identifiers are available
  • Other possibilities like versioning of datasets or private URLs to unpublished datasets help to address the different needs of the Max Planck community

Virtual Tutorials

To introduce the new features of Edmond we will offer two virtual tutorials of 30 minutes with a short presentation, a live demonstration, and questions & answers. Join us on:

March 23, 2022 | 2pm CET | Language: English

March 24, 2022 | 11am CET | Language: German

Register now on the RDM Website.

You can find more info on Edmond here.

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02/2022

MPG researchers now can migrate their Slack channels with all the existing data to Minerva Messenger.
Have you been looking for a safe way to communicate with your peers and external collaboration partners, but you want to keep all the info you already exchanged on Slack? Then become part of the Minerva Messenger community and join the already migrated teams. Minerva Messenger is provided & maintained by the MPDL, which means all your data is safe within our secure MPG infrastructure.

Migrate your Slack channels now and keep all your existing data! You only need to follow a few steps for a customized migration. Our Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! will take care of everything else. We are at your side - every step of the way!

For more info please check out our FAQ or just drop us an Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!. We are looking forward to chatting with you on Minerva Messenger!

02/2022

We are very pleased to announce our Hybrid Workshop “Future Opportunities for Software in Research”, taking place on May 12-13, 2022. We are now welcoming workshop contributions on the topic of “Future Opportunities for Software in Research”. Software literacy has become a key competence for scientists across all disciplines. Scientists use software every day, and software development is becoming an increasingly important component of scientific productivity. However, the software needed for certain research projects can get highly complex and take up resources otherwise needed for core research. In the demanded professionalization of software development in research, specialized Research Software Engineers have emerged in recent years. With their help, researchers tackle the challenges in the areas of software and data, such as reproducibility, correctness, user-friendliness, performance, or maintenance.

Our two-day workshop provides new opportunities to learn about best practices in scientific software development, like:

  • Seeing recent flagship projects in action.
  • Discussing software licensing and intellectual property issues.
  • Discovering new ways to make your software known and recognized.

Themes and types of contribution

We are looking for prime examples where software-enabled research (day 1) and working practices in research software engineering (day 2).

Who should submit?

We welcome submissions from any people who have an interesting take on research software development, especially:

  • Researchers at any career stage who develop software for research purposes
  • Software developers working in a research context, whatever their job title or field, maybe
  • Those interested in advancing the understanding of how best to use and maintain research software, e.g. concerning openness, reproducibility, sustainability, scalability, or performance
  • Organizations providing tools, platforms, or services that foster research software, such as IT infrastructure providers or computing and data centers.

The deadline for CfP submissions is February 28, 2022. Talks may have a length of 15-30 mins. + variable time for Q&A and discussion. If your talk is accepted, you will be notified about the talk length by the session chair.

We would like to cordially invite all interested scientists, research software engineers, IT and computing specialists, and individuals involved in creating, using, or otherwise dealing with research software in the Max Planck Society. We also welcome participants from other research institutions.

The workshop will be held in hybrid form, so you will be able to connect remotely or come to the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön.

 

Organization Team

 

Holger Dinkel (Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics)

Conrad Droste (Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology)

Carsten Fortmann-Grote (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology)

Michael Franke (Max Planck Digital Library)

Maximilian Funk (General Headquarter of the Max Planck Society)

Yves Vincent Grossmann (Max Planck Digital Library)

Stephan Janosch (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics)

Sven Willner (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology)

 

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You can find info about the event is on the website.

 

CFP Futuresoftware deadline

01/2022

We are happy to inform you about the newest update of our messaging service – Minerva Messenger. The Minerva Messenger (based on Mattermost) brings all MPG communication together, making it searchable, accessible & easy to use – anywhere. That is why we are constantly keen on providing you with new updates and ensuring all functionalities are working well.

The Minerva Messenger January 2022 update entails the following integrations and upgrades:

  • GitLab Plugin Release
    Accessing your GWDG GitLab account from inside Minerva Messenger is possible now. With this plugin, you can receive updates on GWDG GitLab repositories and manage the issues directly in Minerva Messenger.
  • BigBlueButton (GWDG Meet integration) upgrade to v4.3.0
    Improved join meeting UX and optimized the UI in dark theme. Added max length limit on the external user name. Fixed a bug where meetings with no recording were polled forever. Now only the creator of the meeting can end the conference.
  • Server upgrade to v5.37.5
    Fixed the issue that OpenID redirect did not work when hosting Mattermost on a subdirectory. Fixed the issue that v5.37 reported an incorrect mmctl version.

You can find additional details in our Minerva Messenger Knowledge Base.

If you are not on Minerva Messenger yet, check it out here.

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12/2021

With the new KEEPER Cam, you have the same functionalities as LabCam while storing all your taken photos directly on KEEPER, even offline. Do you find something interesting at a conference or exhibition? Do you want to record your experiment in real-time? Or you would like to share precious moments with your colleagues? This is made possible with KEEPER Cam, which is an office application to associate the camera of your mobile devices with your cloud storage space in your KEEPER account. In addition, the OCR function makes it easy to extract and store the full text from photos, which significantly improves your work efficiency. 

An upgrade and new features will be available soon!

KEEPER Cam is available in Google Play, Apple App Store, and mPad Store – check it out and make your daily work routine easier!

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12/2021

Whether assessing a publisher “read and publish” offer for the first time or developing a strategic plan to navigate the open access transition, adapting to the evolution of scholarly publishing is a challenge that librarians everywhere are facing. Some first movers have already worked through the transition locally and are looking at what comes after their transformative agreement phase, while many others are just starting out on their transformation pathway.

To support the global library and library consortium community in this process, the ESAC Initiative - an initiative coordinated by the Max Planck Digital Library - has introduced three incredibly rich and authoritative resources, fruit of dedicated efforts by members the international ESAC community that have accumulated first-hand experience and deep knowledge of the strategic and operational aspects of negotiating and implementing transformative and central open access publishing agreements.

Read more here.

 

ABOUT THE ESAC INITIATIVE

ESAC is coordinated by the Max Planck Digital Library, in consultation an international advisory group comprised of library and consortium leaders with deep knowledge of the operational aspects of negotiating and implementing transformative and central open access publishing agreements with scholarly publishers. The ESAC community includes library practitioners who collaborate to produce open resources and who exchange experiences and insights via mentorship, dedicated working groups and other activities focusing on open access author and library workflows, data gathering and analytics, agreement terms, and stakeholder engagement.

12/2021

We are pleased to announce a new service: RDMO for MPG – a tool to support the planning, implementation, and organization of research data management. The Research Data Management Organizer (RDMO) is a free service of the Max Planck Digital Library for all MPG researchers and staff. The software allows its users to create and write data management plans for various funding organizations.  It also provides the ability to cooperate on plans with a team, providing an overview of your project's work progress. The plans can be updated throughout the various project phases and forwarded to funding bodies. Additionally, RDMO grants an export of your project plans, creating snapshots of your work and assigning roles to project members.

The web-based software is open source (https://rdmorganiser.github.io).

For more info, visit the RDMO website.

If you have more questions check out the FAQ.

12/2021

The Microbiology Society and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) have announced a three-year transformative agreement starting in 2022. The Publish and Read model will enable researchers of 86 Max Planck Institutes in Germany to publish any article accepted for publication in the journals of the Society open access, without having to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs). Through the agreement, MPDL will cover costs of open access publishing of articles in both fully open access and hybrid journals, allowing scientists to retain copyright and secure the broadest possible readership for their work.

Read the full press release

10/2021

Nearly 400 participants, representing hundreds of institutions and consortia from around the world, came together for the 15th Berlin Open Access Conference (B15) to discuss the ongoing transition of the scholarly publishing system to open access. Co-hosted by the University of California and the Open Access 2020 Initiative of the Max Planck Digital Library/Max Planck Society, the online conference placed particular emphasis on negotiation processes with publishers.

In the two and a half years since the community came together at B14, negotiations of transformative agreements have advanced worldwide, demonstrating growing support for leveraging publisher agreements to accelerate the industry’s transition to open access.

Under the theme “Adapt and Advance”, B15 shed light on the ways negotiating teams around the world are adapting to the changing landscape of scholarly publishing, refining their principles and objectives, and setting new agreement benchmarks, while also acknowledging different local contexts and current financial realities, and the need for greater transparency and sustainability in these transitional frameworks.

The conference took place from 28 September to 1 October 2021. Further details, recordings and reports of the 15th Berlin Open Access Conference are now available. 

B15 Conference webpage

Read the full press release

10/2021

Die Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) freut sich sehr über die seit fünf Jahren erfolgreich bestehende Kooperation mit Labforward!

Im Oktober 2016 gewann die MPDL das damalige Berliner Startup Labfolder, das mittlerweile unter Labforward GmbH bekannt ist, als Lizenzpartner. Das Produkt „Labfolder“ wird als Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) und Laborinformationssystem (LIMS) von mehr als 1.000 der weltweit führenden Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft für die Arbeit im Labor genutzt. Das ELN unterstützt sie dabei, ihre Forschungsarbeiten schnell und strukturiert durchzuführen sowie Ergebnisse im Sinne der guten wissenschaftlichen Praxis zu dokumentieren.

Labfolder wird seit fünf Jahren von der MPDL allen Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft für ihre tägliche Arbeit zur Verfügung gestellt. Das ELN hilft Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus unterschiedlichen Sektionen bei ihrer täglichen Forschungsarbeit in einem Großteil der 86 Max-Planck-Institute.

Wir freuen uns daher, die zentrale Lizenzierung für „Labfolder“ zu verlängern, um den Service auch weiterhin für Forschende der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Verfügung zu stellen. Die MPDL bedankt sich für die bisherige Zusammenarbeit und blickt auf die nächsten Jahre des gemeinsamen Wachstums.

Weitere Infos:
Labforward
Labfolder for Max Planck Researchers

 

 

10/2021

The bloxberg Summit 2021 took place as a  hybrid conference on September 29 – October 1, 2021, at the MPG’s Harnack House in Berlin, as well as online. The bloxberg Summit is the annual meeting of the bloxberg Consortium. It has been organized by the MPDL for the third time in a row to discuss current topics and decide the further proceedings of the bloxberg initiative.

The third Summit focused on building Consortium Synergies and deepen cooperation between all participating parties from over 40 different universities worldwide. The Summit emphasized discussions and consisted of presentations of the current bloxberg Use Cases, Applications, and bloxberg Tech. It featured talks by Consortium members from Fraunhofer FIT, University College London (UCL), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and the MPDL. You can find details on the talks here.

During the Summit, the Iron Throne Voting also took place – a voting deciding who is going to be the primary organizing/administrative entity of the bloxberg Consortium. By a majority of votes, the Max Planck Society has been elected for Iron Throne for a third consecutive year.

Since it was such an inspiring event, we are already looking forward to the next bloxberg Summit, which will take place in May 2022. The goal of this Summit will be to conclude the individual projects of the working groups and decisions on the future of bloxberg.

More info:
bloxberg

 

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10/2021

We are delighted to announce that we licensed several software solutions for your everyday need at the lab and office! Also, for a better overview, we created different categories that will help researchers find the right tool they need for their daily work.

Check out our three new categories & find the right software for you.

For more info on our Software Licensing Service, visit our Software Licensing Service Website*.

 

*only within MPG IP-range

08/2021

The Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) has become a multi-functional data system that can import and export data, notes, and observations from other devices. Therefore, ELNs are also seen in the context of good research practice, and the demands on ELN systems are thus widely distributed. There are many requirements, ranging from simple use in everyday laboratory work to data processing, provision, and long-term archiving. ELNs are intended to make day-to-day research work easier; therefore, it is essential to not solely focus on the technical solutions but to consider the scientists’ needs. Thus, the MPDL conducted a survey on the usage of Electronic Laboratory Notebooks in the Max Planck Society.

The survey was announced in February 2021 via different MPG internal email lists and was accessible until 31st March 2021. The participation was limited to MPG employees. It consisted of 19 questions, including 15 multiple-choice questions and four free text questions. 

The results of this ELN Survey are now available online! If you want to know more about the conducted survey and the outcome, check out the following links to access the ELN Survey Summary:

Key Findings of the ELN Survey here.

ELN Survey Summary online via MPG.PuRe (limited to MPG IP range)

The chart data are available via the Edmond repository

The survey results will also be presented at the workshop about "Living with Electronic Laboratory Notebooks" on 20th and 21st September 2021.

eln survey 2021

08/2021

KEEPER is always keen on keeping your data safe, even during your summer break! While doing that, our KEEPER team prepared something new for you to support you and your research even better. We want to present to you the KEEPER Summer Release 2021. This update entails: 

Improved file certification via bloxberg, which includes added library certification (up to 1000 files at once), added entries for certified files under “Library Details”, storing the certified file version and the certificates & an added option to add metadata. 

New interactive metadata form – no more manual editing of the archive-metadata.md file. This new form allows you to create your Cared Data Certificate easily, add metadata to your on demand archive & add metadata to your bloxberg file certification

Reworked and redesigned project catalog, allowing you to explore all libraries with metadata within Keeper, only accessible by MPG users. 

& many more! For a detailed description of what this release has in store for you, click here.

keeper Summer Release

06/2021

Open Science practices become more and more a part of researchers‘ lives.

MPDL presents a virtual series of pertinent talks to provide Max Planck colleagues with the latest information on Open Science best practices, tools, platforms, and regulations.

We invited speakers from diverse fields to present their Open Science related projects, experiences or initiatives.

Our aim is to provide the audience with a broad range of topics coming from Open Science related fields like

  • Open Access -Public access to research outcome in the form of publications
  • Open Research Data - A free access to research data
  • Linked Open Data - Access to and cross-linking of public data stocks
  • Open Review - The quest for alternative solutions to the traditional review processes provided by journal publishers, in order to improve transparency in this field
  • Open Source - The development and usage of Open Source software for research activity
  • Citizen Science - The involvement of amateur or non-professional scientists in the research process
  • Open Education - The endeavour to a broad access to learning and training – far beyond the existing options provided by the traditional education system
  • Pre-Registration/Registered Reports - Submission and peer review of manuscripts, project plans and hypothesis

If you are interested in connecting with MPG wide colleagues, inspiring discussions and upskilling talks we invite you to join our 45 minute sessions starting on Wednesday June 30 at 1:00 pm (CEST).

 

The first talk will be about

Recent developments in the EC policy on Open Science

by Alea López de San Román, European Commission´s Directorate for Research and Innovation

 

Dial-in: https://zoom.us/j/94125328264 (Passcode: osip)

 

All information surrounding the Talk Series can be found here:

https://osip.mpdl.mpg.de/

 

Newsletter containing information on the talks:

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Reach out to the MPDL Open Science Team

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06/2021

We want to thank everyone who joined us on the ride through our first MPG City Week, which took place June 7-10. The whole MPG Family got the chance to network, find tools & ways to improve their work and research or get an overall orientation on our beloved MPG City.
We had more than 110 City Guides on our tour through 89 slots in which we explored various MPG facilities, networks, and services. The fabulous talks were followed by thoughtful feedback, and we are very grateful for each of you participating in our journey – over 1000 MPG Family members in total!

We hope you enjoyed the journey!

05/2021

Die Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) freut sich über die Kooperation mit Wolfram Blockchain Labs (WBL): Unter der Federführung der MPDL hat Wolfram® eine erste Anwendung mit der Integration von Wolfram Language und IPFS entwickelt. Die Integration zwischen der Distributed-Ledger-Technologie (DLT)-Plattform von WBL und den Open-Source-Protokollen von InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) und Filecoin ist ein Schritt in Richtung dezentrale Speicherung und Analyse-Anwendungen.

Die Implementierung stellt eine Erweiterung des bloxberg Diensts Certify & Verify durch eine dezentrale Speicheroption dar. Diese bieten vor allem Forschenden, die keinen Zugriff auf dedizierte Speicherlösungen haben, die Möglichkeit die Daten und Metadaten auf IPFS zu speichern, die zu den auf der bloxberg Blockchain hinterlegten Datenhashes gehören.

Die Erweiterung des Services ist ein weiterer wichtiger Schritt, um die Nutzerfreundlichkeit von Blockchain-basierten Diensten zu erhöhen und damit mehr Nutzern die Möglichkeit zu geben, von den einzigartigen Eigenschaften der Blockchain-Technologie in der Wissenschaft zu profitieren.

Wolfram nutzt die Integration mit IPFS und Filecoin auch, um Funktionen und Anwendungsfälle zu entwickeln, die in dezentrale Anwendungen von Forscherinnen und Forschern integriert werden können.

Mehr Details zur Anwendung in Wolfram Language.

Weitere Infos:
Wolfram Blockchain Labs
bloxberg

04/2021

The brand new LabCam app with exciting features has arrived! Now, all your photos taken with LabCam are automatically uploaded to KEEPER. Also, the OCR function makes it easy to extract and store the full text from photos, which significantly improves your work efficiency. 

LabCam is available in Google Play and the Apple App Store – check it out and make your daily work routine easier!

 

 

 

03/2021

We are pleased to announce a cooperation between the Institute of Technical Chemistry (TCI) of the Leibniz University Hannover and the MPDL with the shared mission of developing and distributing a service app to make lab work easier and more efficient. The mutual goal is to further develop a Colony Counter App and provide its open-source availability for a wider network of Max Planck Scientists. The Colony Counter App is a tool, which allows taking and scanning pictures of bacterial colonies, by the inbuilt camera of the smartphone or tablet. Thanks to an image-processing algorithm, providing digital picture analysis, the app counts and determines the amount of captured colonies, enabling lab work to be more efficient and precise. The algorithm has been developed by Dr. Daniel Marquard, Dr. Patrick Lindner, M.Sc. Ferdinand Lange, Prof. Sascha Beutel and Prof. Thomas Scheper from the TCI.

The app will be further developed and improved for usage and distributed by the MPDL Team.

We are looking forward to this cooperation!

03/2021

Die neue Website DEAL Operations ist ein Angebot der MPDL Services GmbH und bietet Informationsexpert*innen, Forscher*innen und Wissenschaftsmanager*innen Informationen und praktische Unterstützung, um die von Projekt DEAL ausgehandelten transformativen Vereinbarungen erfolgreich umzusetzen und optimal zu nutzen.

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02/2021

The MPDL is always striving to provide services that are top quality in the smallest details. MPDL’s Sync and Share tool KEEPER makes no exception and one focus of it is the collaborative writing tool. After conducting tests for various document-editing systems, KEEPER has just received a new and improved Office service: OnlyOffice!
This includes better compatibility with Microsoft Office, enhanced collaboration with tracking, review, comments, and more! KEEPER-users have the possibility to work directly on Office files in the browser - independently of your operating system and device. You can also work with your colleagues on the same document at the same time, while also tracking changes, chatting, commenting, and reviewing. There's also the possibility to work with non-KEEPER users, making it the perfect place to collaborate or to work on a file alone, but seamlessly with multiple devices.

MPDL’s KEEPER team even wrote a whole experience report about it! If you’re interested in the whole procedure, go here & learn more about the challenges, the alternatives, bugs, and the overall happy end!

 

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