Speaker Profiles

OSPP meeting · 2017-03-20
The Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) of the European Comission will meet in conjunction with the Open Science Conference.
Barcamp Open Science · 2017-03-20
09:00 – 17:15
Barcamp Open Science – “Putting Science 2.0 and Open Science into practice!”

The Barcamp will be held at Wikimedia (Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24, 10963 Berlin). For more information please visit the Barcamp site.

Conference Day 1 · 2017-03-21
09:15 – 10:00
Registration & Coffee
10:00 – 11:30
Opening Session
Professor Klaus Tochtermann, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Germany
Next Steps towards an European Open Science Cloud
Dr Jean-Claude Burgelman, Head of Unit A6, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
The Open Science Policy Platform
Professor Johannes Vogel, Chairman of the Open Science Policy Platform | Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science, Germany

Partly FAIR partly Cloudy

Professor Barend Mons, Former Chairman of the High Level Expert Group of the European Open Science Cloud | Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences/Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands


11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:00
Open Science needs federated infrastructures
Professor Arndt Bode, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre Munich, Germany

Science in the digital age needs to deal with the exponential growth of both research data and publications, as well as new ways for collaboration. Today science is an open enterprise working with transparent methods, reproducible results and their collaborative evaluation. We present GeRDI, a joint infrastructure project bringing together 5 institutions in Germany funded by DFG for the development and deployment of an IT community application as well as storage and computing capacities to deal with these requirements. We show, that the distributed cooperating and interdisciplinary nature of research calls for a federated infrastructure of distributed local resources for research data management.

Innovating compliantly and transparently – road blocks, myths and solutions
Professor Jana Diesner, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA

Research and applications in data science often involve the collection and analysis of human-centered data, i.e., data authored by users or data about people, and online data, i.e., data that are publically available from online sources. The collection, usage and sharing of these data is governed by multiple sets of norms and regulations, including institutional and sectoral norms and rules, intellectual property law including copyright and fair use, privacy and security laws and regulations, terms of service, technical constraints, personal ethics, and national differences in these rules. That’s a long list. Problems can arise when students, scholars and practitioners are unaware of applicable rules, uninformed about their practical meaning and compatibility, and insufficiently skilled in implementing them. In this talk, I will discuss strategies for addressing these issues, and provide examples from our research in human centered data science on solving some of these problems.
Secondly, I will discuss how intransparencies in data preparation and data provenance – another limitation to openness – can bias research outcomes, and how we can detect and mitigate these shortcomings. Why bother? Collecting and analyzing data often involves a plethora of (sometimes tiny) decisions, which are increasingly embedded in datasets and technologies, but we may have a poor understanding of the impact of these choices on research results and insufficient best practices for documenting and communicating them. I discuss the consequences of this issue for the reliability of data science, and provide examples from our research on the impact of data quality and pre-processing techniques on analysis results.

Chair: Professor Norbert Luttenberger, Department of Computer Science, Kiel University, Germany

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Parallel Sessions

Lightning-Talks (30min) and Poster Session (60min) 
Proposals number 1-10 will be presented as lightening talks and as posters. The contributions number 11-18 will be presented as posters (without lightning talk).
1. DeepGreen: Prototyping an efficient technical implementation of the open access components included in the Alliance licenses
Julia Alexandra Goltz, Kaja Scheliga
[Poster] [Lightning-Talk]
2. Integrating Open Science Practices into the Research Process in Psychology
Erich Weichselgartner, Ronny Bölter, Martin Kerwer
[Poster] [Lightning-Talk]
3. Learning about Text and Data Mining, the Future of Open Science
Martine Oudenhoven, Nancy Pontika
[Poster] [Lightning-Talk]
4. Opening reproducible research (o2r)
Markus Konkol, Daniel Nüst, Marc Schutzeichel, Edzer Pebesma, Christian Kray, Holger Przibytzin, Jörg Lorenz
[Poster] [Lightning-Talk]
5. Open Web-based Learning (OWL) – Space for Professional Development of Adult Educators
Kolja Philipp Debus, Sabine Schöb, Tim Scholze
[Poster] [Lightning-Talk]
6. Continuous quality control for research data: results of a first experiment
Vidya Ayer, Christian Pietsch, Johanna Vompras, Jochen Schirrwagen, Cord Wiljes, Vitali Peil, Philipp Cimiano
7. OpenAIRE: Opening Peer Review
Tony Ross-Hellauer, Birgit Schmidt and Arvid Deppe
[Poster] [Lightning-Talk]
8. OER meets OPEN Science
Thomas Köhler, Sandra Hofhues, Claudia Bremer, Andrea Gumpert, Jörg Hafer, Klaus Himpsl-Gutermann
[Poster] [Lightning-Talk]
9. Educational Data Package. A Pilot Project at the German Research Data Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies
Karsten Stephan, Daniel Buck, Benedikt Kretzmeyer
[Poster] [Lightning-Talk]
10. EarthServer-2: Agile Datacube Analytics
Peter Baumann, Angelo Pio Rossi, Vlad Merticariu
[Poster] [Lightning-Talk]
11. wb-web – an open information and networking platform for continuing educators
Regina Kahle, Carmen Biel
12. OER-Info
Ingo Blees, Axel Kühnlenz, Marc Rittberger
13. Survey: Open Science in Higher Education
Ina Blümel, Tamara Heck, Lambert Heller, Athanasios Mazarakis, Markus Neuschäfer, Isabella Peters, Ansgar Scherp, Luzian Weisel
14. Opening up the research lifecycle: review, assessment and dissemination of scholarly publications
Edit Gorogh, Eleni Toli, Peter Kraker
15. Opening Scholarly Communication in Social Sciences by Connecting Collaborative Authoring to Peer Review
Philipp Mayr, Fakhri Momeni, Afshin Sadeghi, Christoph Lange
16. Open Knowledge Maps: A Visual Interface to the World’s Scientific Knowledge
Peter Kraker, Asura Enkhbayar, Maxi Schramm, Christopher Kittel, Scott Chamberlain, Mike Skaug, Björn Brembs
17. OceanTEA: A Platform for Sharing Oceanographic Data and Analyses
Arne Johanson, Reiner Jung, Sascha Flögel, Wolf-Christian Dullo, Wilhelm Hasselbring
18. IRUS-UK: on the road to Open Metrics
Pete Dalton, Hilary Jones, Jo Lambert, Ross MacIntyre, Paul Needham, Laura Wong
OpenUP Workshop 1 “Open and traditional peer review revisited”
In this workshop researchers working in OpenUP will present the initial results of the landscape scan of current tools and methods for peer review and the summary of the user-centered survey on open peer review. The second part of the workshop will engage the participants in a discussion on alternative review tools and their integration into the present scholarly communication system.
Edit Görögh and Birgit Schmidt, University of Goettingen, Germany
Vilius Stančiauskas, PPMI – Public Policy and Management Institute, Lithuania
OpenUP Workshop 2 “Scientific knowledge dissemination and altmetrics”
The goal of the workshop is to improve the understanding of altmetrics. In the first part of the workshop, OpenUP project researchers will give an overview of current altmetrics indicators and present a taxonomy linking channels of dissemination and altmetrics indicators. Participants will be able to give feedback in a discussion that also involves methodological potentials and challenges in the area. In the second part of the workshop, we will present case studies involving innovative forms of dissemination, and discuss how open and digital science is changing research communication and engagement.
Stephan Gauch and Clemens Blümel, German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies, Germany
Peter Kraker, KNOW-Center, Austria
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:30 Open Education – Impact on Higher Education and Society
Panel discussion
The panel aims to explore the impact of Open Education on the various “actors” involved: teachers, learners, employers and the society.


The panel aims to explore the impact of Open Education on the various “actors” involved: teachers, learners, employers and the society.
Today’s education is not about teachers and learners anymore, the ICT technologies interfered and shaped the way in which the learning content is delivered and how, where and when students are learning.
Interactions between the two important players, teachers, and learners, have also changed, communication is driven extensively by new forms of sending and receiving messages.
The role of tertiary education in delivering educational services to society has changed along with these new developments.
Even though Higher Education is perceived as being resistant to change, a major paradigm shift occurred at the strategic level: universities have forced to become more stakeholder and market-oriented and to accept the disruptive technology of e-learning. The consequence was the increasing access to tertiary education for a lot different categories of students. Some voices are criticizing this “massification” of higher education. The challenge of students’ diversity brings new requirements: the new course development should meet the students’ demand; efficiency being of utmost importance.
In this context, the proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as full courses offered online and free of charge to any user is incredibly fast and generates considerable speculation and anticipation about how MOOCs development may transform teaching and learning also higher education.
Learning became more and more learners’ responsibility, the learning content providers are quite diverse and for sure the universities are not the only ones. As a learner, to decide what is best for you and your future is not easy at all. So, the quality of open education courses is important not only as learning experience but also to ensure those learning outcomes to be validated by the society. Moreover, the learning process should be monitored and learning performances evaluated. Discussions on how open education graduates will exploit their learning efforts later one in their professional lives are expected and what kind of partnerships will emerge to support it are more than welcome.



  • Willem Van Valkenburg – Member of the Board – Open Education Consortium
  • Anja Oskamp – Rector Magnificus – Open University – The Netherlands
  • António Moreira Teixeira-  University Aberta, Lisabon, Portugal
  • Gard Titlestad – Secretary General of International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) – Norway
  • Dr. Lidia Borrell-Damián – Director Research and Innovation, European University Association
  • Andreia Inamorato dos Santos – Research Fellow at the European Commission’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) – member of the OpenEdu project
  • Prof. Manuela Epure, PhD, MCIM – OSPP member and Vice President ACEU (, moderator
  Conference dinner
Conference Day 2 · 2017-03-22
09:00 – 09:30 Registration & Coffee
09:30 – 10:30
Professor Andreas Witt, Institute for the German Language (IDS)
Digital Transformation in Education and Science
Matthias Graf von Kielmansegg, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
OERInfo – Information, Transfer and Networking.
Professor Marc Rittberger, German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF), Germany

In Germany the discussion about Open Educational Resources (OER) started in 2011 with the debate about the so called “School Trojan”. Framed by the strategies of the “Federal Ministry of Education and Research” and the Kultusministerkonferenz (Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of German) we will present some outcomes of a “Feasability Study for OER infrastructures” by the DIPF. Furthermore we will give some insights about OER Info, a national platform for information, transfer and networking for Open Educational Resources.

Chair: Professor Andreas Witt, Institute for the German Language (IDS)
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00
Open Educational Resources: A Catalyst for Innovation in Education
Professor Dirk van Damme, Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division (IMEP), OECD, France

Parallel to developments towards openness in science and research, software development and other sectors, also the education sector is moving towards open sharing of content, learning resources and instructional materials. ‘Open Educational Resources’ (OER) have now developed into a well-established reality in many countries, serving schools, teachers and students with high-quality resources that can be freely exchanged, used, re-used and adapted. Licensing arrangements, including Creative Commons licenses, have proven to be invaluable tools to support this development. The benefits for education and learning are obvious: more teachers and learners get access to affordable high-quality resources, barriers for specific groups of learners are pulled down and the education system at large benefits in terms of efficiency and cost. But the case of OER also demonstrates that ‘open’ also means ‘innovative’: through sharing resources for teaching and learning innovative practices are set in motion that go beyond the mere development and use of high-quality resources. For example, OER enable new and collaborative networking among teachers. OER can become a tool for quality enhancement and innovation in education.

Open educational practices as drivers of educational innovation
Professor Marco Kalz, Open University of the Netherlands, Netherlands

While open educational practices have often been connected to the use of OER or the openness of the educational design recent developments around the open sharing of data and cross-institutional educational interventions support a new perspective on the concept of open educational practices. Based on the urgent need for more systematic research about educational interventions the recent combination of Massive Open Online Courses and Learning Analytics allows the establishment of a cross-institutional educational lab infrastructure in which interventions are tested across several contexts. Such an approach can lead at the same time to more evidence-driven educational interventions for online-learning.


Chair: Professor Thomas Köhler, Institute for Vocational Education & Media Center, Technical University Dresden

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:30
Report of the EC Expert Group on Metrics
Short presentations and panel discussion
  • Professor Judit Bar-Ilan, Department Information Science, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  • Professor Isabella Peters, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics | Kiel University, Germany
  • Dr Dr René von Schomberg, A.6-Data, Open Access and Foresight, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • Benedikt Fecher, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) / Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Germany
  • Professor Stefan Hornbostel, Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ), Germany


14:30 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:00
Crossing the Field Boundaries – Open Science, Open Data and Open Education
Lorna Campbell, The University of Edinburgh, UK

This talk will explore the interface between open education, open data and open science and, using examples from the University of Edinburgh’s GeoScience Outreach and Engagement Course will highlight how student created open educational resources can be used to widen participation and encourage knowledge transfer in science education.

German Network for Educational Research Data Network – Building a research data infrastructure for educational studies in Germany
Alexia Meyermann, German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF), Germany

Realising open data in educational research is a great challenge. Empirical educational research is characterized by its multidisciplinary nature, its variety of research designs and data types and last but not least a remarkable data output. Up to now, educational research data is not and cannot be open by default, as data needs to fulfill several requirements with regard to legal, ethical or methodological aspects in order to be sharable and reusable. To achieve these requirements, subject-specific data archiving and curation services are needed. Accordingly, the current research data infrastructure for educational studies is highly diversified. But, the advantage of providing specialized services comes with the cost of high complexity. Reducing this complexity and offering user-friendly services is the goal of the BMBF-funded project Verbund Forschungsdaten Bildung (VFDB), a German network for educational research data. The VFDB brings together disparate services from different research data centers and works on harmonization and standardization of the data curation processes within the field. In my talk I will discuss the requirements and challenges of realising data sharing in educational research based on the experiences of the VFDB project.

Chair: Peter Mutschke, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Professor Klaus Tochtermann, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Germany