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Opening the Window of Discourse for Citizen Science

COVID has democratised data science and increasingly the public expect open data, research, and interpretation in more aspects of their lives. Who will be the ones to provide this knowledge for citizens? A proposed community publication The Citizen Science Guide for Research Libraries by the LIBER Citizen Science Working Group looks to explore these questions – putting forward that research libraries have the Open Science skills, infrastructures, and leadership to fulfil this role for the wider society.

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Towards a Standardized Research Folder Structure

With the GIN-Tonic tool, we want to provide researchers with a default file organization and file sharing system for research projects, in order to facilitate research collaboration and lab management. In contrast to software developers, researchers mostly don’t organize their files according to some common standard. While data managers propose to design and follow such an organisation, they fail at providing clear recommendations or examples to researchers; and there is no time specifically assigned to this task in the researcher’s work.

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ASAPBio #PreprintSprint Presentations

Preprints are proving themselves to be a powerful point of leverage which are facilitating a much greater fluidity of scholarly communication by surfacing its traces – and quite simply for researchers the creative pleasure of making better tools. The recent announcement from eLife to only review preprints and focus on publishing reviews – as a model of ‘publish, then review’ goes to illustrate the role of preprints and open peer review in a more connected Open Science research cycle.

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Ten Measures for a More Violet Laboratory

Let us imagine a future for science in which everyone has equal opportunities to enter, contribute and progress without prejudice or harm; regardless of gender, race, ideology and sexual orientation. The International Day of Women and Girls in Science reminds us each year that there is still a long way to go for effective equality in science.

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