OPEN – Contribution to the AGATE Workshop January 16th, 2017

This is the text of my contribution to the Workshop “Open – Connective – Sustainable”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear President Hatt, Dear Academy Representatives & Guests,

I am honored and happy to have this opportunity to respond to Ulrike Wuttke and by doing so to proceed with the opening session of this workshop. There is nothing more adequate to open such a day than to start thinking about the very concept of openness. In my response, I will first take a short historical glimpse back in the history of the institution hosting today’s event. Then I will take a more systematic take on Ulrike Wuttke’s presentation.

Let us turn back to the year 1813. At this point, a young professor of philology initiated what would become the first German Academy long-time project in SSH ever. Continue reading “OPEN – Contribution to the AGATE Workshop January 16th, 2017”

Peer review says “bof”

There are some words that are hard to translate in every language. Giving a sense of the French “bof” is one of these tricky cases. Basically, it means something close to “so-so”, but it is better impersonated by the Comics figure of Achille Talon (there is a section of the English wikipedia article on Achille Talon dealing with his favourite quotes that tries to grasp the essence of “bof” as well). “Bof” is an attitude of indifference, disdain, not wanting to acknowledge reality. And “bof” has to do with the data journals session at the Prague DARIAH HaS Winter School I taught yesterday. Not with the attitude of the participants, at all – boy, were they enthusiastic. But it has to do with our discussion of peer review. Continue reading “Peer review says “bof””

Data Journals at the Prague winter school

I have the great pleasure to be in Prague for the DARIAH/HaS winter school on Data Citation this week. Tomorrow, I will talk about data journals (are they going to save us from the wrongdoings of pre-publication peer reviews?) and will present the episciences platform for overlay journals with the help of my French colleagues Marie Puren, who will help out in the hands-on session, and Maud Medves, who has been helping me set up the sandbox over the past weeks.

Winter school participants (and the speakers willing to play with us in the data journal sandbox) will have the opportunity to develop a rating grid for a data journal, define a review model, write a rationale for the journal and find potentially interesting data resources. Follow #dariah on twitter!