Open Science

OA Journal of eDemocracy and Open Government: New Chief Editor

Anneke Zuiderwijk is the new Chief Editor of JeDEM

We are pleased to welcome Anneke Zuiderwijk as the new Chief Editor of the Journal of eDemocracy and Open Government for the next four years.

Anneke is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on open data. More specifically, her objective is to develop theory for the development of infrastructures and institutional arrangements that incentivize open data sharing and use behavior by governments, researchers, companies and citizens. Open data has enormous potential to generate benefits and value and there is still a large gap between the current situation and the potential value generation. This motivates her to enthusiastically work on this topic throughout her entire academic career.

During her PhD, Anneke developed a theory for the development of open government data infrastructures, which she also transformed into advice for open data policy-makers. Several elements of her theory have been implemented in international projects, including FP7 ENGAGE (2014) and H2020 VRE4EIC (2018). Anneke obtained her PhD with distinction, which is only awarded to the top 5% of TU Delft PhD candidates. In 2016, she received the international Digital Governance Junior Scholar Award and was ranked as one of the most influential open data researchers worldwide.[1] She has been invited as a keynote speaker for various conferences and events (e.g. the International Conference on Future Environment and Innovation, 2014) and served as a conference programme chair (dg.o2018, dg.o2019), conference chair (I3E-2015), associate chair (OpenSym2017), associate editor (ICIS2019) and track chair (CeDEM2014; 2015, 2016, 2017, EGOV-CeDEM-ePART2018, 2019). The importance of her research has also been emphasized through best paper awards Anneke received at important conferences in her field of information science (EGOV2012, Dg.o2014). Finally, she is the co-founder of three online courses: Open Data professional education (53 experts), Open Science MOOC (1,500+ participants from 100+ countries) and Open Government MOOC (9261 participants from 150+ countries).

Anneke on her new role as Chief Editor of JeDEM:

“I am excited about my new role as editor-in-chief for JeDEM. I have experienced the process of publishing journal papers from the author perspective many times and I also have experience as guest editor of special issues for the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research (two issues in 2014), Government Information Quarterly (2016) and Information Polity (2019). I am now ready for the next step; the full experience as editor-in-chief.

JeDEM has several very appealing characteristics, including its open access policy, being free of charge, its rapid publishing process and its comprehensive indexing within Scopus, EBSCO, DOAJ, Google scholar, and the Public Knowledge Project metadata harvester. This gives authors the opportunity to make timely research results available to a wide public, increase researcher and research visibility and have an impact in the field. I see much potential for further improving both the quality and reputation of JeDEM.

As editor-in-chief I will focus on the strategic decisions, networks and positioning and development of the journal. I am very enthusiastic about working with the highly committed and motivated JeDEM team of managing editors and editorial board members, and I very much appreciate their full support. I look forward to this new journey”.

We are looking forward to working with Anneke!

More information:

Anneke Zuiderwijk: www.jedem.orgTo contact Anneke Zuiderwijk:


[1] Hossain, M. A., Dwivedi, Y. K., & Rana, N. P. (2016). State-of-the-art in open data research: Insights from existing literature and a research agenda. Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 26(1-2), 14-40.

Altmetrics are Gaining Momentum in Higher Education

This article was first published in the Europe of Knowledge Blog and is based on a master thesis about Altmetrics at Danube University Krems and the University of Tampere. Are communties of attention a fruitful direction in open science? They are certainly discussed and seem to be on the rise in policy papers.

Altmetrics (alternative metrics)

Altmetrics are gaining momentum in higher education (Holmberg, 2016). This post is based on my master’s thesis (Fraumann, 2017) that explores the usage of altmetrics with a focus on research funding. Altmetrics track down and count the mentions of scholarly outputs in social media, news sites, policy papers, and social bookmarking sites. Then altmetrics data providers aggregate the number of mentions. This allows an observation of how many times research has been viewed, discussed, followed, shared, and downloaded.


Open Science Gründungstreffen, 25.2.2013

Die Open Knowledge Foundation Österreich lud zusammen mit dem Open Science Projekt zu einem ersten Treffen rund um offene Wissenschaft in Österreich ein (Raum D Museumsquartier, Wien). Die neu gegründete Open Science Local Group der OKFN ist erst die vierte Gruppe die sich explizit mit der Befreiung von Wissenschaft und Forschung auseinandersetzt, neben so klingenden Namen wie der Oxford University oder das MIT.

Ein Open Knowledge Pad ist mit Agenda und Zusammenfassung unter hier einsehbar.Twitter-Account: @OKFN @OKFNat

Zentral geht es bei Open Science um die Wiederverwendbarkeit und Reproduzierbarkeit von Wissenschaft und Forschung durch die Befreiung von Wissen und das Schaffen eines transparenten Prozesses. Das Treffen war  als Vernetzungstreffen gedacht, bei dem Erwartungen und zukünftige Aktivitäten geklärt wurden. Die TeilnehmerInnen kamen aus verschiedensten Bereichen und Disziplinen, von Open Data über Open Access bis zu Netzpolitik.

Momentan gibt es verschiedene Bestrebungen aus den unterschiedlichsten Open-Bewegungen, die aber oft nicht vernetzt sind. Diese Unhomogenität ist zu Beginn nicht schlecht 🙂

Open vs. ranking?

Spannend ist aber, wie man WissenschaftlerInnen davon überzeugt, abseits der gängigen Publikationswege open zu publizieren und wie man Open Access in der Wissenschaft salonfähiger machen kann (Annäherung an closed science). Problematisch ist momentan, dass Open Access-Journals momentan noch wenig Impact-Faktor bzw. niedrigeres Ranking aufweisen bzw. oft sogar als ehrenamtliche Arbeit wahrgenommen werden – Open Access ist also für viele Wissenschaftler*innen in der Praxis nicht leistbar. Andererseits haben WissenschaftlerInnen Interesse an offenen Informationen für ihre eigene Arbeit, da Open Science mehr als nur Open Access ist (umfasst auch Transparenz der wissenschaftlichen Institutionen und Forschungsergebnisse allgemein). (more…)

iadis eSociety Conference #3

Information Management / Other

Ownership and control over data resources in a virtual scientific collaboratory (Andrea H. Tapia, Bridget Blodgett, Rosalie Ocker, Mary B. Rosson)

This presentation was about a scientific comunity using a rare scanner (from what I understood, there are only four of this one in the world) that produces very high resolution scans. Very few scientists participate, which forms a virtual collaboratory with long distances. All want to use the scanner at the same times, and data should be available to the user, but it’s not. If there is, let’s say, a very rare finding, there would be a 3D image created – but nothing more. The image is stored and can be accessed by staff, but it is not searchable and any copy will take time. This is the time when a virtual collaboratory wants to be born, but the system for it does not exist. The project seeks to create the mechanisms for this collaboratory. At the first stage, interviews amongst stakeholders were done. (more…)

Fenster im Elfenbeinturm: Öffentliche Wissenschaft

Unter dem Motto “Öffentliche Wissenschaft, demokratische Wissenschaft?” stand ein Themenabend der Gruppe Internetforschung am 7.12.2010 im Quartier 21. Die Öffnung der Wissenschaft über Technologie und publizistische Veränderungen wird von vielen als Demokratisierung begrüßt. Für andere stellt sie eine Gefahr für Qualität und Unabhängigkeit von Forschung und Lehre da.

Neue Formen der Interaktion und Kooperation

Michael Nentwich vom Institut für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung gab einführend einen Überblick über die Entwicklung der von ihm 2003 diagnostizierten Cyberscience zu einer offeneren und sozialeren Cyberscience 2.0. Das Internet als ständige Arbeitsumgebung für Kommunikation und Recherche von Texten und die kooperative Erstellung von Wissensressourcen bewirkt neue Formen des Interagierens zwischen WissenschaftlerInnen, aber auch zwischen diesen und Forschungsdaten.