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Winners Open Science Use Case Awards

The Open Science Awards recognize researchers who have used Open Science to make their research more accessible, transparent or reproducible. The winners were announced during an online session on July 2. The awards are part of the Open Science Festival, of which SURF is one of the organisers.
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Open Science Festival rescheduled

The current COVID-19 situation has led to the decision that the National Open Science Festival will be  rescheduled to 11 February 2021. In order to keep in touch with all interested in Open Science developments in the Netherlands, we organise 5 online sessions in the months leading up to this new date, such as an online session for deans on 27 August.  More info can be found on www.opensciencefestival.nl.

The first online session, on July 2nd, focussed  on the winners of the Open Science Use Case Awards.

Both challenges and successes

The Open Science Awards recognize researchers or research students who have used Open Science to make their research more accessible, transparent or reproducible. In the spirit of openness a call for use cases was published allowing all researchers and Phd students from Dutch universities, UMC’s and research institutes to submit their use case. The call was looking for use cases that explored challenges and difficulties as well as positive experiences and successful outcomes.

The programme committee awarded the following inspiring use cases:

A webtool for interactive data visualization and data sharing

Joachim Goedhart, Przemek Krawczyk and Martijn S. Luijsterburg, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam; Amsterdam University Medical Centers; Leiden University Medical Center

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included:
a "well explained use case" about "a small but interesting step towards the overall goal".

Open science and open data for human factors research

Pavlo Bazilinskyy and Joost de Winter, Delft University of Technology

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included:
“This is a great initiative that is open, transparent for researchers and the general public. A great approach for the greater involvement of citizen science, with the potential of finding links between technical and engineering research and humanities and social sciences."

Open science practices in Majorana research

André Melo, Sebastian Rubbert and Anton Akhmerov, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience; Delft University of Technology

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included:
"This research project was conducted in an open fashion which allowed other teams to reproduce their results during a ReproHack event. It shows a very compelling case of the importance and value of Open Science."

Studies of Populations of Individual Birds (SPI-Birds) Network and Database

Antica Culina, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included:
"The fact that this project took off as well as it did shows that there was a great need for collaboration” and "The SPI-birds use case shows a project in which data sharing has helped accelerate scientific discovery. It also shows that some individuals/groups are still reluctant to fully share their data"

cBiT: The Compendium for Biomaterial Transcriptomics

Dennie Hebels and Jan de Boer, Maastricht University; Technical University Eindhoven

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included:
" A clear description of an Open Science use case: written from the OS angle. It is ‘only’ about PID's and standards, but it is an inspirational story."

And a special Encouragement Award is given to:

The Student Initiative for Open Science (SIOS)

Myrthe Veeman, Karoline Huth, Maike Dahrendorf and Lea Schumacher, University of Amsterdam

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included:
"This is not the specific type of use case we asked for, but a great example of what can be organised with limited resources" and “The enthusiastic group of 11 students has started an extensive website and organised a number of events for students. It is an important achievement that a larger group of future researchers becomes familiar with open science concepts, additionally to the curriculum of the university itself.”

The 5 use case winners, plus the special encouragement award winner will receive a prize of €250.

Download The Collection of Open Science Use Cases 

The National Open Science Festival is organized in the context of the National Programme Open Science.