Science Policy

Consulting for Science Policy at ZBW

Science Policy at ZBW

The digitization of science influences the whole research cycle. Current research procedures and publishing processes change fundamentally, not least by the participatory web. Through open access to publications and research data the transparency increases further. According to current state of knowledge this will have positive effects. Likewise, the procedures for quality assurance and assessment become transparent. Moreover, monetary aspects are very important: Unnecessary duplication of data collection can be avoided and costs can be saved correspondingly.

The role of ZBW

science-policy-schwerpunkte-smal-enlThe ZBW has realized the importance of this topic at an early stage. Meanwhile it pursues own research on Science 2.0 and initiated the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 – a research based network which enables scientific libraries and research facilities to jointly shape the change of publishing processes and research processes.

As a Leibniz institute and foundation under public law it is a matter of concern for ZBW to incorporate its own experiences and research results into the recommendations for policy and society. Consequently, ZBW is involved in various committees and working groups. Be it with open access strategies on federal state level, with the identification of indicators for the digitization of science on federal level or with the establishment of research infrastructures on European level, ZBW strives to provide expert/scientific contributions to support political decision makers and to hold expert discourses.

With these measures ZBW established itself as a competent contact for political decision makers on international, national and regional level.

From the Blog

  • GO-FAIR – A Member States-Up strategy for the EOSC implementation

    “GO-FAIR” is a proposal for the practical implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) through a federated approach making optimal use of existing initiatives and infrastructures in the participating Member States. The European Commission (EC) launched the INFRADEV-04-2016 Call entitled European Open Science Cloud for Research on April 15 during the European Open Science......

  • The G7 Open Science Working Group Action Points – Speeding up Open Science?

    On November 9 during the first meeting of the G7 Open Science Working Group in Tokyo the group formulated three action points that need global cooperation In May 2016 the G7 Science and Technology Ministers decided to establish a G7 Open Science Working Group to meet the need to share common international principles for Open......

  • Open Science – Kernthema der BMBF-Konferenz zum Europäischen Forschungsraum

    Bei der Nationalen Konferenz Europäischer Forschungsraum des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) am 10. Oktober 2016 in Berlin spielte Open Science nicht nur in den Reden der Bundesministerin Wanka und des EU-Kommissars Moedas eine zentrale Rolle. Dieser Blogpost fasst die wichtigsten Ergebnisse des Workshops “Open Science” und Digitalisierung des EFR zusammen.   Bei der......

  • Open Access-Strategie des BMBF – ein wichtiger Lückenschluss

    Mit seiner Open Access-Strategie strebt das Bundesministerium für Forschung und Bildung (BMBF) an, Open Access zum Standard zu machen, und stellt darin den grünen und goldenen Weg gleichberechtigt nebeneinander. Damit gewinnt Open Access an Fahrt und bereitet möglicherweise den Weg für ein noch stärkeres Bekenntnis zu Open Science.   Am 20.09.2016 hat das BMBF seine......

  • Keeping up the Momentum: Open Science on European Level

    The Competitiveness Council of the European Union supported the European Commission’s Open Science initiatives, the European Commission nominated the members of the Open Science Policy Platform and Commissioner Moedas presented his book Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World – a Vision for Europe at the end of May. Will the Open Science momentum......

  • Launching the European Open Science Cloud: A Virtual Environment for Europe’s 1.7 Million Researchers

    During the press conference the European Commission presented its blueprint for cloud-based services and data infrastructure. A new European Open Science Cloud will offer Europe’s 1.7 million researchers and 70 million science and technology professionals a virtual environment to store, share and re-use data. On April 15 during the European Open Science Cloud Info Day......

  • From Vision to Action? The Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science

    At the Amsterdam Conference on Open Science hosted by the Netherlands’ EU Presidency on April 4 and 5 2016 the Dutch presidency presented the Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science. It formulates twelve action items striving for full Open Access for all scientific publications and a new approach for optimal reuse of research data......

  • Bürger in der Forschung: Die Citizen Science Strategie 2020 für Deutschland

    Beim Forum Citizen Science am 16. März 2016 in Berlin präsentierte die Citizen Science Plattform “Bürger schaffen Wissen (GEWISS)” das Grünbuch “Citizen Science Strategie 2020 für Deutschland”. Dass Citizen Science im wissenschaftspolitischen Dialog in Deutschland stetig an Bedeutung gewinnt, zeigten beim Forum Citizen Science nicht zuletzt der Kreis der Sprecherinnen und Sprecher und deren Aussagen.......

Science Policy: ZBW Memberships


Member of the High-Level Expert Group “European Open Science Cloud” of the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation


Member of the ITA-Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, subject area: “Participation in Research and Innovation”


Member of the German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures

Member of the DFG Committee on Scientific Library Services and Information Systems

Member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the initiative “Top Citizen Science” of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW)

The ZBW Science Policy Team

Prof Klaus Tochtermann

Director ZBW
Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

Key activities

  • Knowledge Management and Transfer
  • Web 2.0
  • Semantic Technologies
  • Science 2.0
Dr Willi Scholz

Science Policy

Key activities

  • Science Policy
  • Science 2.0
  • Information Infrastructures
Dr Anna Maria Hoefler

Head of department
“Social Media”

Key activities

  • Science 2.0
  • Social Media
  • New Media Technologies
  • ZBW EU office

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