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Working group for open science training courses

Working group for open science training courses

Open science methods have been promoted together with the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft and the Open Science Network Austria.

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

The open science training courses 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 these to lead the training workshops. The results were collected, processed and, where possible, made available online.

The open science training courses working group set a goal to encourage the distribution of open science methods and simplifying their implementation in scientific day-to-day life. 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.

In 2018, the working group put into effect a collaboration 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 training courses 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.

Previous workshops:

GitHub 4 Newbies (25/10/2018):

Trainer: Stefan Kasberger
The GitHub 4 Newbies workshop was about teaching scientists from a non-technical background about version management using the platform GitHub ( This should enable participants to share their own projects, events and other activities with the community and take part 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 were discussed regarding the search for scientific literature and how innovative tools can help to solve these solutions on the basis of open content. It specifically presented open knowledge maps (, which are a visual interface for scientific knowledge, in more detail. Search engines and what are known as discovery tools are also an opportunity for other people to find research. The participants learned more about how these tools functioned and how to use this knowledge to their advantage. Dr Peter Kraker gave practical tips to finally answer the question: how can 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 this data necessarily also good data? Meanwhile, open data is required when registering citizen science projects on Österreich forscht in order to have the project listed on the platform. Moreover, the funding bodies are now regulated by the FAIR (Findable – Accessible – Interoperable – Reproducible) data concept when preparing data. Researchers are increasingly asking questions such as what is FAIR data and how can I prepare my data to be “fair?” This hands-on workshop dealt with how to examine your own data more carefully. Daniel Spichtinger and Susanne Blumesberger led this workshop together and supervised the workshop participants in checking their own data in line with FAIR principles. The goal of the workshop was to process your own research data in a way that corresponds 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 under

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