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Seminar: Publish for Influence

Wednesday 11 October - On 1 November 2017 the Seminar 'Publish for Influence' will take place at Erasmus University Rotterdam (13:00 - 16:30h). This seminar will bring together experts who will share their views on publishing, visibility and impact – be it academic, societal and economic, on the importance of ‘being open’, and about ways and methods for measuring impact. The seminar will take place as part of the international Open Access week 2017. It is organised by LDE: Leiden, Delft, Erasmus and is sponsored by OpenAire. The venue is the Erasmus University, Burg Oudlaanlaan 40, Van der Groot Building, Room M1-19. Please Register.

First keynote OE Global announced

Wednesday 27 September - The first keynote speaker for OE Global 2018 has been announced this week. Erin McKiernan will speak about the intersection of open research and open education. OE Global 2018 will be hosted by TU Delft, in Delft, the Netherlands between 24 and 26 April 2018. Learn more

Read the ‘National Plan and You’ report
Tuesday 22 August - The first national meeting on Open Science for researchers on 29 May 2017 was a great opportunity for researchers working in the Netherlands to give their opinion on the goals of the Dutch ‘National Plan Open Science’. Researchers had the chance to let politicians, funders and administrators know what researchers really need to make Open Science work for them. Read the full report (pdf).

TU Delft to host OE Global 2018 

Monday 19 June - The annual conference OE Global will be hosted by TU Delft from 24-26 April 2018. The annual conference attracts a global audience involved in Open Education. This years theme will be 'Transforming Education through open approaches. Website and call for proposals are now open. Read more

The Open Education Global Conference is where the world meets to discuss how opening education helps achieve universal access, equity, innovation and opportunity in education. The OE Global conference is the most internationally diverse conference devoted exclusively to open education, attracting researchers, practitioners, policy makers, educators and students from more than 35 countries to discuss and explore how Open Education advances educational practices around the world.

The 2018 conference is hosted by the Open Education Consortium and Delft University of Technology and will be held onsite at the University in Delft, Netherlands on 24-26 April 2018.  

For more information on the conference, please visit the conference site at

About TU Delft 

A fascination for science, design and engineering is the common denominator driving our students and scientists. With over 20,000 students from around the world, Delft University of Technology is the oldest and largest university of technology in the Netherlands. The university wants to be a breeding ground for cutting-edge technological scientific developments to meet the great societal challenges of our age. Involved in open education since 2007, TU Delft strives to offer an increasingly diverse open portfolio in education and research to support and satisfy the curiosity, personal growth and professional career development of millions of people. 

About The Open Education Consortium

The Open Education Consortium is a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials. OEC is a non-profit, social benefit organization registered in the United States and operating worldwide.

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:   

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.

Read more.



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