The Varying Openness of Digital Open Science Tools | Zenodo

Abstract:  Digital tools that support Open Science practices play a key role in the seamless accumulation, archiving and dissemination of scholarly data, outcomes and conclusions. Despite their integration into Open Science practices, the providence and design of these digital tools are rarely explicitly scrutinized. This means that influential factors, such as the funding models of the parent organizations, their geographic location, and the dependency on digital infrastructures are rarely considered. Suggestions from literature and anecdotal evidence already draw attention to the impact of these factors, and raise the question of whether the Open Science ecosystem can realise the aspiration to become a truly “unlimited digital commons” in its current structure. 

In an online research approach, we compiled and analysed the geolocation, terms and conditions as well as funding models of 242 digital tools increasingly being used by researchers in various disciplines. Our findings indicate that design decisions and restrictions are biased towards researchers in North American and European scholarly communities. In order to make the future Open Science ecosystem inclusive and operable for researchers in all world regions including Africa, Latin America, Asia and Oceania, those should be actively included in design decision processes. 


Digital Open Science Tools carry the promise of enabling collaboration across disciplines, world regions and language groups through responsive design. We therefore encourage long term funding mechanisms and ethnically as well as culturally inclusive approaches serving local prerequisites and conditions to tool design and construction allowing a globally connected digital research infrastructure to evolve in a regionally balanced manner.

Building capacity through open approaches: Lessons from developing undergraduate electrophysiology practicals

Abstract:  Electrophysiology has a wide range of biomedical research and clinical applications. As such, education in the theoretical basis and hands-on practice of electrophysiological techniques is essential for biomedical students, including at the undergraduate level. However, offering hands-on learning experiences is particularly difficult in environments with limited resources and infrastructure. In 2017, we began a project to design and incorporate electrophysiology laboratory practicals into our Biomedical Physics undergraduate curriculum at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. We describe some of the challenges we faced, how we maximized resources to overcome some of these challenges, and in particular, how we used open scholarship approaches to build both educational and research capacity. The use of open tools, open platforms, and open licenses was key to the success and broader impact of our project. We share examples of our practicals and explain how we use these activities to strengthen interdisciplinary learning, namely the application of concepts in physics to understanding functions of the human body. Our goal is to provide ideas, materials, and strategies for educators working in similar resource-limited environments.


NWO grant for the Open Library for Humanities

“The Open Library for Humanities (OLH) has received a three-year grant for the Library Partnership Subsidy system. OLH is an academic Open Access platform without costs for the authors who publish there.

NWO is deeply committed to Open Access and is dedicated to realising this transition. The sustainable funding of digital infrastructures is essential in this regard. NWO tries to contribute to that where possible. Today, NWO will announce that it is entering a three-year partnership with the Open Library for Humanities. OLH is high-quality Open Access platform in the humanities….”

Launch Open Access Publishing Platform TiU | openpresstiu

The brand new Open Press Tilburg University published its first three books today! The electronic versions of these books are freely and openly available for students, researchers and others.

The Open Press TiU is part of the Open Science Action Plan of Tilburg University. The press aims to accelerate Open Access in scholarly book publishing. We believe that every student or researcher should be able to get access to scholarly information, and that every scholar should be able to publish high quality Open Access books, essays and textbooks.


The Panorama Data Repository for Skyline Users – PubMed

Abstract:  Panorama is an open-source web-based data management system that was designed and developed for Skyline, a software tool for targeted mass spectrometry-based experiments. Panorama facilitates viewing, sharing, and disseminating targeted, quantitative results contained in Skyline documents. Panorama can be installed locally, or laboratories and organizations can sign-up for fully featured workspaces on the PanoramaWeb server ( hosted at the University of Washington. Workspaces on PanoramaWeb can be organized as needed by the owners and configured with fine-grained access controls to enable collaborative projects. To allow unlimited file storage Panorama projects can be set up to use cloud-backed storage such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). In addition to storing and sharing Skyline results, Panorama together with Skyline is used for fully automated, longitudinal monitoring of LC-MS/MS system suitability. This is done with the Panorama AutoQC pipeline which automatically imports system suitability runs into a Skyline document as they are acquired. The document is uploaded to a Panorama server and several identification free metrics such as peak area, retention time etc. can be viewed as Levey-Jennings plots in a web-browser to track normal variation and quickly detect anomalies. Skyline documents and raw data on PanoramaWeb that are associated with research manuscripts can be submitted to the Panorama Public repository ( which is hosted on PanoramaWeb and is a member of the ProteomeXchange Consortium ( Data on Panorama Public can be explored with a variety of graphs and annotated chromatographic peak views making it easy to evaluate quantitative results contained in the associated manuscripts. Access to data in the repository is managed as required, e.g. private access to reviewers during the manuscript review process and public access upon publication.


ODISSEI – Open Data Infrastructure for Social Science and Economic Innovations

“ODISSEI (Open Data Infrastructure for Social Science and Economic Innovations) is the national research infrastructure for the social sciences in the Netherlands. ODISSEI brings together researchers with the necessary data, expertise and resources to conduct ground-breaking research and embrace the computational turn in social enquiry….”

Open Science is a tool which creates a new infrastructure, and it needs to be used correctly – YouTube

“For our second episode we invited German neurobiologist Björn Brembs. In the first part we discussed his scientific background in neurogenetics and research on the fruit fly and snail behaviour. Björn also told us about his way to the Open Science movement. Upon the development of his academic career he realised that there is no digital infrastructure using which he can store his results, data, code and share with other scientists. In addition, he found that the current academic publishing process is fully controlled by the commercial companies. For him Open Science means not only the openness in sharing information, it means the creation of a tool that needs to be used correctly in order to make scientific findings available for everyone….”