Blockchain and Timestamping Posts

⛓️ GenR has started to use the blockchain timestamp with the new plugin for WordPress from the Netherlands based outfit Wordproof. It is a free to use service only released this June 2019 at the Berlin hosted WordPress Camp EU #WCEU. 

The purpose of the timestamp is to prove the date of publishing by placing a copy of the post content on a blockchain. This blockchain copy is then linked to your post and displayed on your WordPress site.

You can see an example here on the GenR post ‘A Community Science Index‘. 

The timestamp (proposed) standard used is here

Since WordPress makes up more than 30% of the web CMSs then its a smart move to introduce trust mechanism like this.

GenR Tweet

From WordPress Camp EU #WCEU

Here’s a youtube interview with Sebastiaan Van Der Lans of Wordproof​​​​​​​, post #WCEU

#WCEU Slides

Barcamp Open Science 2019: Supporting Community Building for Open Science

The Barcamp Open Science take place in Berlin, 18 March, 2019.

Generation Research – Barcamp session suggestion

We would like to find out what you would like to see happen for ‘community building’ from the Research Alliance Open Science (not that GenR speaks directly for the Alliance), for your individual community, too further the ‘open movement’, or for ‘science done right’?:

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Teaching Impact is Key to Make Science Socially Relevant

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Citation format: The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition

Benedikt Fecher, Nataliia Sokolovska & Marcel Hebing. ‘Teaching Impact is Key to Make Science Socially Relevant’, 2019.

By: Benedikt Fecher, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society;
Nataliia Sokolovska, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society;
Marcel Hebing, Impact Distillery & Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Funders and policy makers increasingly demand that science has societal impact. This becomes apparent in national debates (e.g., the German Wissenschaftsrat position paper on Knowledge transfer) or supranational initiatives like the European Commission’s strategy “Open innovation, open science, open to the world“. The call for societal relevance of research is motivated by an increased need for scientific expertise in the light of global and multidisciplinary challenges such as climate change, migration, or digitisation, and partly of course as a return-of-investment expectation. Societal impact is en vogue.

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Open Science #Barcamp: Software Citation

Image: Barcamp Open Science, Berlin, March 2018. Photo credits: Bettina Ausserhofer. All photos are also published at Wiki Commons under the CC BY 4.0 license.

A report from the barcamp session on software citation at Barcamp Open Science, Berlin, March 2018.

The Barcamp Open Science organized by the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 and hosted by Wikimedia Deutschland was designed as a pre-event before the two day Open Science Conference. The Barcamp offers a space for discussion, for developing new ideas and knowledge exchange on experiences and best practices in Open Science for researchers and practitioners from various backgrounds, with an emphasis on bringing together novices and experts.

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