Oxford/Berlin Research Partnership: Projektstart für »Open Science by Design«
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Oxford/Berlin Research Partnership: Project start for “Open Science by Design”

News from Nov. 22, 2019

In the context of the interdisciplinary research network “Berlin University Alliance”, a total of 24 research projects began their work on November 1, 2019. The cooperation project “Open Science by Design - new and innovative methods for (semi-)automated research data management” is led by Prof. Sir Nigel Shadbolt (University of Oxford), Prof. Manfred Hauswirth (TU Berlin, Fraunhofer FOKUS & Weizenbaum Institute) and Dr. Sonja Schimmler (Fraunhofer FOKUS & Weizenbaum Institute).

The digital transformation offers opportunities for modernizing and opening up science, while modern research faces extensive challenges in the field of data management. The project objective of “Open Science by Design” is to positively influence scientific practice and provide researchers with the best possible support in all phases of the life cycle of research data. To this end, new and innovative methods for (semi-)automatic data management are being developed and evaluated in field tests. The open science infrastructure of the Weizenbaum Institute, a newly founded interdisciplinary research institute, will be used as an experimental platform. The findings will be further validated within the Human-Centered Computing Group at the University of Oxford.

About the Weizenbaum Institute

The Weizenbaum Institute is a joint project of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Universität Potsdam, Fraunhofer Institute für Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) and WZB Berlin Social Science Center to investigate the social changes brought about by ongoing digitalization, with a budget of 50 million euros.

About the Berlin University Alliance

By founding the Berlin University Alliance, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have set themselves the long-term goal of jointly creating and shaping an integrated research space in Berlin. Across individual networks, institutions, and disciplines, the network aims to become the heart and driving force of an excellent Berlin “ecosystem”, consisting of universities and non-university research institutions, scientific collections, museums, cultural and political institutions, as well as start-ups and industrial partners.