Barcamp Open Science

Save the date: 16 February 2021 Berlin

Barcamp Open Science 2020

We thank all contributors of the Barcamp Open Science for joining us in Berlin and for your support! Please find:

The future of research

The Barcamp Open Science is a barcamp dedicated to the Open Science movement. It is open to everybody interested in discussing, learning more about, and sharing experiences on practices in Open Science. We would like to invite researchers and practitioners from various backgrounds to contribute their experience and ideas to the discussion. The barcamp will bring together both novices and experts and its open format supports lively discussions, interesting presentations, development of new ideas, and knowledge exchange. Though, previous knowledge on Open Science is not mandatory. The barcamp is open to all topics around Open Science that the participants like to discuss.

This and further linked pads are used to make collaborative notes during the Barcamp and its sessions. You already have an idea for a session? Then add it to the ’session proposal‘ pad. You may also add your name to the participant list so that others can see who will join the Barcamp.

Travel funding
If you have limited funds to come to Berlin, let us know. There is a small reimbursement fund (thanks to Melanie Imming) available with a maximum of 100€ per person. Apply by writing an E-Mail including an explanatory note to

Wikimedia Deutschland,
Berlin, Germany
10 March 2020

Impressions of the Barcamp Open Science 2020

photo credits: Ralf Rebmann // license: CC-BY-SA 4.0

Ignition Talk: Scholarly publishing, a fast and slow (r)evolution

Dr Birgit Schmidt, Head of Knowledge Commons, Göttingen State and University Library

If openness may hold the answer, what are the issues and barriers? Over the last decades scholarly communication and publishing have witnessed both slow and fast evolutions. Open access to publications, preprint sharing and other innovations have come a long way and gained wider traction. However, traditional expectations and motivations remain stumbling-blocks and are difficult to overcome, especially as academic careers more often than not depend on publishing in high-impact journals and winning prestigious research grants. In addition, a wide range of stakeholders target researchers as the creators of raw material for the creation of market goods and as tools for academic competition, e.g. measured in market shares, citations and impact. 

While technical tools and infrastructures can open a route to a full integration of research and communication processes they cannot be the cure alone. Only joint action by researchers, funders, institutions and other stakeholders can reshape and refocus research and communication back on its creators and other consumers of knowledge. Unsurprisingly, a combination of Open Science, FAIR data and software, reproducibility, responsible metrics and the implementation of related principles can take us a long way on this journey.       


09:30 – 10:00 Registration and Coffee
10:00 – 10:30 Welcome & Introduction
10:30 – 10:45 Ignition Talk
10:45 – 11:15 Session Planning I
11:15 – 11:30 Short Break
11:30 – 12:15 Sessions I
12:15 – 12:30 Short Break
12:30 – 13:15 Sessions II
13:15 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 14:45 Session Planning II
14:45 – 15:30 Sessions III
15:30 – 15:45 Short Break
15:45 – 16:30 Sessions IV
16:30 – 16:45 Short Break
16:45 – 17:30 Sessions V
17:30 – 17:40 Short Break
17:40 – 18:00 Wrap-up & Feedback

20:00 Get-together @ Göttin der Weisheit
Lenaustraße 5
12047 Berlin

Friendly Space Policy

Wikimedia Deutschland and ZBW Leibniz Centre for Ecomonics host and organizer, of the Barcamp Open Science, are dedicated to providing a harassment-free venue and event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, physical appearance, age, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, national origin, or religion—and not limited to these aspects. We do not tolerate any form of harassment of event participants. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venue or talks. Any participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the event organizers.

Harassment includes but is not limited to: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, physical appearance, age, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, national origin, or religion.

Harassment also includes sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, unwelcome following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff immediately. Event staff can be identified by special t-shirts. Some special referees will also be announced at the beginning of the event.

Wikimedia Deutschland staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Local phone numbers for hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local sexual assault hotline, local emergency and non-emergency medical, and local taxi company to be publicized to event participants as appropriate on a per-event basis.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues.

Organising Team

  • Tamara Heck, Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education (DIPF)
  • Lambert Heller, German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB)
  • Maria Henkel, University Düsseldorf
  • Linda Heyden, Wikimedia Germany
  • Susanne Melchior, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics
  • Guido Scherp, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

Cooperation with Open Science Radio

The whole barcamp will be accompanied by Konrad Förstner’s and Matthias Fromm’s Open Science Radio , making at least some discussions and interviews available afterwards.

Photo Credits: Ralf Rebmann
All photos are also published at Wiki Commons under a CC BY 4.0 license.

Date and Location

10 March 2020

Wikimedia Deutschland
Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24,
10963 Berlin