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Perspectives on Openness
Wednesday 19 April - Rosanne Hertzberger (1984) is a microbiologist, alumnus of Delft University and Leiden University, with a PhD from University of Amsterdam. Recently she shared her perspective on Openness in Science. Read more

 

 

Where is ‘open’ taking us?

Wednesday 12 April - On 31 March, a lively debate took place during the Open Science Seminar, hosted by TU Delft in occasion of this Year of Open. The seminar provided a forum for TU Delft instructors and researcher to look at openness through the entire science cycle and to reflect on what circulating knowledge by sharing, reusing and collaborating meant to them in their daily jobs. The presentations and recordings are available online. Read more 

The event included talks by Anka Mulder, Willem van Valkenburg, Wilma van Wezenbeek and Geert-Jan Houben, with the intention of exploring the latest practices in open education and research, while addressing benefits and challenges. You can access the presentations here.

The talks gave rise to a number of interesting questions ranging from the potential risks of sharing research data, to questioning the value of developing educational resources for basic courses, from debating whether research itself should be an open process to pondering the dependency on (traditional) publishing houses.  

What do you think about ‘openness’ in education and research? 

Do you have an answer to any of the challenges raised at the seminar? Send you thoughts and comments to: yearofopen@remove-this.tudelft.nl   

Your input will contribute to the big canvas ‘work-in-progress’ drawing by Mark van Huystee – this will be displayed at forthcoming events and published on the website, whilst the topics generating the most interest will be taken into account when organising additional ‘Open’ activities and workshops.

We look forward to reading your views! 

  • If I share my education resources openly, I give away my complete education.
  • If I share my education resources openly, students will not come to my classes anymore.
  • Would opening up potentially do more harm than good?
  • What if someone finds errors in my data? If my data is openly accessible, I might be the new Stapel. (Ed.- Diederik Stapel is a former professor of social psychology at Tilburg University who was suspended for fabricating and manipulating data for his research publications.)
  • If anyone can use my measurement data, then I did all the work and had the costs, and someone else might get the success. 
  • If there are already high-quality educational resources for basic courses available in the world, should we still develop content for basic courses?
  • Should we account for sharing and consumption for open educational resources in citation indexes?
  • Do we strive for openness (accessibility and responsibility) in all aspects of our work, including publications, data, education and research?
  • Do we want research itself to be an open process?
  • Are we too dependent on (traditional) publishing houses, or do we like it that way?

Dutch National Plan for Open Science

Thursday 19 Jan - To realise the Open Science ambitions the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science has asked a broad coalition of parties, including TU Delft, to draw up a National Plan for Open Science, describing the actions that need to be taken in the Netherlands to realise these ambitious targets. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science who coordinates this process in consultation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs has asked TU Delft Library Director Wilma van Wezenbeek to chair a team that will create the plan. The National Plan will be presented in The Hague on 9 February, and to reinforce the ambitious plan a declaration of intent will be signed in the presence of the State Secretary of Education, Culture and Open Science at the same time.

To learn more about the National Plan co-creation process read TU Delft Library Director Wilma van Wezenbeek’s blog.

2017: Year of Open
Tuesday 17 Jan - “The world is facing challenges that our university of technology alone cannot meet.” With these words, Rector Magnificus Karel Luyben announced the TU Delft Open Science programme at the Dies Natalis 2016. Now, in 2017, the year that the Open Education Consortium has declared ‘The Year of Open’, we are taking another step forward. The aim is to raise awareness among scientists, lecturers, administrators, and students about the importance of open science. Read more

2017: Year of Open 

Friday 13 Jan - Karel Luyben, TU Delft Rector Magnificus, officially announced the TU Delft Year of Open during the 2017 Dies Natalis: “At TU Delft, we see it as our mission to bring science to society, through Open Research and Open Education. This year, proclaimed as the Year of Open, we will continue to involve our staff and students in a discussion on the possibilities and opportunities of Open Science.” 

Open Access: Why?

The Open Access infographic explains why Open Access matters and what the benefits are for researchers. It also shows the increase in peer reviewed Open Access articles by TU Delft researchers over time. View infographic.

How to publish for impact

During the ‘Publish for Impact’ seminar on 27 October different aspects of publishing, visibility and impact were highlighted. The importance of being open and complementary indicators and methods for measuring impact were also discussed. Read more.

 

Nasa goes Open Access

NASA has announced that any published research funded by the space agency will now be available at no cost, launching a new public web portal that anybody can access. The free online archive comes in response to a new NASA policy, which requires that any NASA-funded research articles in peer-reviewed journals be publicly accessible within one year of publication.

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