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Working group for open science trainings

Daniel Dörler, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Benjamin Missbach, Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft

The open science trainings working group is concerned with specific open science tools and their discipline-specific application. Tools that are used in the entire research cycle are brought together in regular meetings. The tools identified form the basis for training workshops in which the use of the individual tools is explained. Experts are invited to lead the training workshops. The results are collected, processed and, where possible, made available online.

The open science trainings working group has set itself the goal of promoting the dissemination of Open Science methods and facilitating their implementation in everyday scientific work.. Project managers often lack knowledge of specific tools or their application. The training workshops, which are available to all interested parties, follow a “train-the-trainer” approach, where those who complete them should acquire the knowledge needed to then be able to pass on that knowledge of how to use specific tools to others. The goal is to offer discipline-specific training workshops. Workshops are announced on Österreich forscht.

The working group was established in 2018 in cooperation with the Open Innovation in Science Center at the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft and the Open Science Network Austria (OANA). In July 2019, the working group was transferred to a collaboration project as part of Wissenstransferzentrum Ost (WTZ Ost). The associated funding will make it possible to hold regular training workshops and provide a more intensive range of trainings until the end of 2021. If you are interested in the working group, please contact Daniel Dörler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Benjamin Missbach (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at any time.

Previously organized training-workshops:

GitHub 4 Newbies (25/10/2018):

Trainer: Stefan Kasberger
The GitHub 4 Newbies workshop was designed to introduce the concept of version control to scientists who do not have a technical affinity for the GitHub platform. This should enable participants to share their own projects, events and other activities with the community and to participate in other GitHub projects themselves.

Finding and getting found: a workshop on academic literature search (26/04/2019):

Trainer: Peter Kraker
In this workshop, questions concerning the search for scientific literature and how innovative tools based on Open Content can help to solve these questions were discussed. Specifically, Open Knowledge Maps, a visual interface to scientific knowledge, was presented in detail. Search engines and so-called discovery tools are also a way for other people to find research. The participants learned more about how these tools work and how you can use this knowledge to their advantage. Dr. Peter Kraker gave practical tips to finally answer the question: How do I get my research to appear in search engines and discovery tools?

How can I make my data FAIR? (27/06/2019):

Trainer: Daniel Spichtinger and Susanne Blumesberger
What is open data and is open data necessarily good data? Meanwhile, open data is a prerequisite for the registration of citizen science projects on Österreich forscht to be listed as a project on the platform. In addition, the preparation of data is now regulated by the FAIR Data Concept (Findable - Accessible - Interoperable - Reproducible). What is FAIR data and how can I prepare my data in a "fair" way are questions that more and more researchers are asking themselves. In this hands-on workshop, the aim was to take a closer look at their own data. Daniel Spichtinger and Susanne Blumesberger led this workshop together and guided the workshop participants to check their own data for FAIRe principles. The goal of the workshop was to prepare one's own research data in such a way that it complies with these principles.

Open Science & Care: Opportunities and Barriers - a Dialogue (25/11/2019)

Trainer: Petra Sallaba, Barbara Kieslinger, Jakob Doppler
Care plays a major role in an ageing society. The demand for care is increasing alongside the average age in society, as is the cost of care. Research in the field of care is primarily conducted from this perspective of rising costs. However, care concerns not only medical services that can lead to costs and added value for society, but also a social aspect between carers and those being cared for that is often disregarded, despite having a major impact on the success of care. It is therefore all the more important to initiate research projects that are focused on the needs of those being cared for and those who are carers. This can only take place with the involvement of carers and those being cared for. Participatory and clearly designed research into care is therefore particularly important. Nevertheless, comparably few research projects are participatory and clearly designed, which is mainly because research of this nature creates new challenges for project managers. The three-hour workshop provided an insight into open and participative research, started a dialogue between researchers and carers and those being cared for and showed what opportunities there are to use open methods for your own research. All information about and results from this workshop are available for free on the website of the Center for Open Science

Webinar: Digitization and Participation in Health Research (07.07.2020)

Trainers: Barbara Prainsack, Pietro Michelucci, Johannes Oberzaucher

Corona presents us all with different challenges. Very often the keyword digitization is currently used to enable seemingly new forms of collaboration and participation. This webinar, which is being organized in the framework of the Knowledge Transfer Center East, aims to show which digitization steps and participation opportunities have been available in this field for a long time, how they have been received, which opportunities have arisen, which hurdles have been overcome, but also what we can learn from them for the future. Critical questions were raised in the introduction: What does digitization mean in this area of research, which is also very much based on sensitive and highly personal data? Will digitization and participation also automatically make research cheaper because no premises and fewer staff are required? Where are the limits of digitization and participation beyond laboratory-based research? The possibilities and opportunities arising from digitization and participation were also discussed in the introduction: personalized medicine is within reach as a result of digitization. New questions concerning the lives of patients that were not previously addressed can now be heard and implemented. Three projects were then presented that show how digitization and participation can look like in concrete terms:

  • Stall Catchers by EyesOnAlz: Stall Catchers is an online game that anyone can play - experience is not required. In the game you watch films from the brains of mice and try to identify vessels as open or blocked. This helps to accelerate Alzheimer's research at Cornell University.
  • Smart VitAAlity: Within the framework of Smart VitAAlity, an integrated Active and Assisted Living system in the Smart City Setting "Health, Inclusion and Assisted Living" is being evaluated together with 230 senior citizens. The service aims at a long-term preservation of the quality of life and its dimensions (health, social inclusion) as well as a positive influence of subjective well-being.

In a concluding group discussion the experience and findings were reflected upon and the online audience had the opportunity to ask questions.

The webinar and all slides of the speakers are now freely available on the Open Science Framework site of WTZ Ost.


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