Workshop March 28 2019

Technical University of Denmark

The first OPERA workshop will focus on the latest international developments in Open Research Analytics: Open analytics data, open metrics and open systems as well as how to measure openness, how to include Open Science in the analysis.

Registration is free of charge, but the number of participants limited.

Register here – before March 14 2019


09.30-09.45 Welcome – Katrine Krogh Andersen, Senior Vice President and Dean of Research, and Mogens Sandfær, Technical University of Denmark

Moderator: David Budtz Pedersen, Aalborg University

09.45-10.30 Keynote Merle Jacob, Lund University:
“Engaging with open knowledge practices: Present and Future Considerations for the Research Community”

10.30-11.15 Keynote Katja Mayer, University of Vienna
“Monitoring = Power. Opening Monitoring for Empowerment”

11.15-11.30 Coffee

11.20-13.00 Parallel Workshop tracks

  • Analytics data & systems (WP1) 
  • Documenting and analyzing humanities and social sciences scholarship (WP2)

13.00-13.45: Lunch and network

13.45-15.15: Parallel Workshop tracks

  • Network analysis and visualization (WP3)
  • Open Science support (WP5)

15.15-15.35: Coffee
15.35-16.15: Keynote Christian Herzog, Digital Science
“Open Science – Should commercial Organisations be banned from contributing?”

16.15-16.30 Wrap up

Workshop Tracks

Analytics Data & Systems track (WP1)

The track will focus on global data sources and open systems development. Project participants and invited guests will look at questions like:

  • What are the alternatives to the classical analytical databases – and how do they measure up?
  • What can we learn from projects and initiatives elsewhere?
  • What is going on in VIVO-land – in USA and Europe?
  • In terms of open research analytics platforms – what has OPERA achieved so far – and what’s in the pipeline?

Impact Taxonomies and Pathways in the Humanities (WP2)

There are various attempts to circumscribe and catch the meaning of “impact” related to and resulting from scholarly research from the Social Sciences andHumanities. With impact becoming the driving force for assessing the relevanceand uptake of research in society, the Social Sciences and Humanities are in aunique position to contribute to and shape the concept of impact (Koenig, Nowotny & Schuch 2018). This workshop explores how the Humanities and Social Sciences can help expand current methodologies and indicators for impact assessment. The rise of the impact agenda has been strongly connected to andshaped by the availability of data and metrics. While there are many challenges related to applying indicators from the STEM fields to SSH, there is considerable space for re-thinking and influencing the ways in which the impact of SSH is conceptualised and monitored.

Network analysis and visualization (WP3)

The network analysis and visualization workshop track will discuss new tools and concepts in the context of open research analytics. The workshop raises questions such as: What is the motivation for expanding the definition of research analytics to include network and visualization based indicators? What are the benefits of applying network analytics and/or other types of visualizations to traditional research analytics? How are these new tools and concepts considered and used by different stakeholders? How will OPERA test the inclusion of network and visualization based indicators in the VIVO Research Analytics Platform?

Open Science Support (WP5)

The open science support workshop track will discuss how to identify and evaluate ways that Open Science efforts may form part of researchanalytics, metrics and evaluation. The workshop will deal with issues such as:What are the potentials and barriers for including open science and open datain research analytics, performance measures and evaluation? What can be learntabout useful indicators from scientific fields that already have a traditionfor open science and open data?

Keynote Speakers

Merle Jacob

Merle Jacob is Professor in Research Policy at Lund University and the UNESCO Chair in Research Management and Innovation Systems. Merle is currently Director if the Research Policy Institute at Lund University’s School of Economics and Management. Merle has previously been Director for the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture and the University of Oslo (09/2006-08/2010) and Professor at the Copenhagen Business School. Professor Jacob’s research specialisation is the relationship between science and policy. Her two specific areas of empirical focus are research and innovation policy and environmental policy. She has published extensively in both areas and is especially interested in the governance of higher education and research and the challenges posed to governance by globalisation and the integration of innovation into the mission of university.

Katja Mayer

Trained as a sociologist and works at the intersection of science-technology-society. She studies the interactions of social scientific method and its publics. Currently she is investigating open practices in Computational Social Science and Big Data. She works as a senior scientist at the Centre for Social Innovation in Vienna, and is an associated researcher for the Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice platform at the University of Vienna. Furthermore, she has been teaching sociology of knowledge, STS and critical data studies at the Technical University Munich, University of Vienna, Danube University, Krems, University of Art and Design Linz and the University of Luzern, among others and was a visiting fellow at the Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science. She is core member of OANA (Open Access Network Austria) and co-leads the working group on defining a national strategy for the transition to Open Science. During 2011-2013, she was scientific advisor to the president of the European Research Council (ERC).

Christian Herzog

Christian Herzog is the Co-Founder of Dimensions and ÜberResearch, and the CEO of the Digital Science Discovery&Analytics group. He’s a medical doctor by training and has also studied economics. He also co-founded Collexis, a company which was acquired by Elsevier in 2010 and was overseeing then the product management for Elsevier’s entire SciVal portfolio before re-starting with his colleagues and friends ÜberResearch as a Digital Science portfolio company in 2013. Christian lives with his family in Cologne, Germany.